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Why Is The Black Box Important In Truck Accidents?

If you were injured in a truck collision, you might face steep medical bills and vehicle repair costs. If the truck driver’s negligence caused the accident, you should not have to pay for any losses you incurred due to the accident. Our lawyers at Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you need to recover from the accident.

Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys has three decades of experience handling accident claims and lawsuits. We have a wealth of experience representing truck crash victims and have the necessary resources to thoroughly investigate the accident that caused your injuries. If we take your case, our attorneys will thoroughly review the cause of the crash, gather evidence to support your claim, estimate the damages you are owed, and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. Call us at (702) 793-2752 today for a free consultation. 

Investigating truck accidents is a complex process, and a wide variety of evidence must be gathered to help prove liability in your case. One of the most important types of evidence our attorneys will collect is the truck’s black box.

What Is A Black Box?

When an airplane is involved in a crash, one of the first things the investigators look for is the plane’s black box. This box records important information about the airplane and its operating system that can help the investigators pinpoint the cause of the plane crash.

Like planes, large trucks are also equipped with a black box. The black box is also sometimes called an “event data recorder” or EDR. The information contained in the EDR might be able to help investigators determine the cause of the collision. 

The data contained in the black box includes the following:

  • Rate of speed – How fast the truck was going at the time of the collision
  • Acceleration/deceleration – Whether the truck was speeding up or slowing down at the time of the crash
  • Brake application – The moment the driver applied the brakes in the collision
  • Cruise control – Whether the driver was using cruise control at the time of the crash
  • Seat belt – Whether the driver was wearing their seat belt at the time of the collision
  • Prior collisions – How many collisions the truck has been involved in and the frequency of those collisions

The EDR may also contain data regarding the GPS location of the truck at the time of the collision, data about the truck’s tire pressure, and a record of how long the truck’s driver had been on the road at the time of the collision.

The box may also contain communications between the truck driver and the trucking company or other truckers. If the trucking company pressured the driver to exceed their hours of service limits and the driver then became fatigued and caused an accident, the trucking company could be held partly liable for the accident.

Any of the information included in the black box could be used to determine who was at fault for the crash.

When Should I Get The Black Box Information?

It’s important to get the information from the black box as quickly as possible after the collision. As more time passes, this vital evidence may become tainted or may be lost forever. In order to avoid liability, the trucking company might:

  • Repair the truck and send it back out on the road. This would erase crucial black box data that could be used to prove liability in your case.
  • Delay turning over the box until it has erased the relevant data.
  • Refuse to give you the data contained in the box.

The easiest way to obtain the information contained in the black box in a timely manner is to consult with a truck accident lawyer at Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys. Our attorneys have the resources to quickly gather and preserve this vital evidence. If the truck accident puts up a fight or tries to prevent us from obtaining the black box data, then our attorneys could take legal action to get the evidence we need. 

Call us Today

If you were injured in a truck accident, contact the truck accident lawyers at Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys to discuss your case and evaluate your legal options. Our attorneys have what it takes to gather vital evidence in your case, such as the truck’s black box, as part of our investigation into the accident. We will work tirelessly to help you seek the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (702) 793-2752 to schedule a consultation.