How can a truck’s black box data be used to help my truck accident case?

You’ve probably heard of black boxes related to airline crashes. This vital piece of equipment can tell investigators a great deal about what might have caused a crash when no other evidence exists. People are often surprised to learn that many commercial semi-trucks also have black boxes. Known as an Event Data Recorder (EDR), this device records important information about the truck driver’s actions. If you are injured or a loved one is killed in a crash with a semi-truck, the EDR could provide the evidence needed to show fault and support your claim for compensation. Data in semi-truck black boxes

Information Provided by a Black Box

According to crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large trucks were involved in 433,000 police-reported crashes in 2015, leaving 116,000 people injured and 4,067 people dead. If you are affected by a semi-truck crash and did nothing to cause the crash, you will need strong evidence to prove that the truck driver was at fault. One possible source of evidence is the truck’s EDR. If a semi-truck has an EDR, it will record the following information:

  • Speed
  • Braking
  • Acceleration rate
  • Length of time driving
  • Idle time
  • Fuel consumption
  • If a seatbelt was engaged
  • If the airbag deployed

Data from the EDR could show if the truck driver was speeding, if he didn’t apply the brakes—which can be an indication of distracted driving—and whether he took the required rest breaks. Any of these violations could prove his liability and support your claim for compensation.

You Need an Attorney to Secure This Important Evidence

The trucking company and its insurance company are not going to hand over this evidence easily. When you work with Parker Law Firm, you can be sure that we will fight to get the proof necessary to present the strongest claim possible. And our fee will never exceed the recovery you receive, so you will not pay us out of your own pocket. Contact us as soon as possible after a crash with a commercial truck, so we can do what is necessary to protect this valuable evidence.