Black Box Technology and Evidence - Semi-Tractor Trailer and Big Rig Truck Accidents

Semi-tractor trailers and big rigs are commonly seen on roads, highway, and interstates throughout the State of Florida and the rest of the country. Commerce and transportation are still heavily dependent on these large commercial vehicles. While there are many qualified, trained, and careful truck drivers on the road, there are others who cause serious personal injuries because of careless driving, distracted driving, speeding, and other negligent acts that lead to a trucking accident. In the aftermath of a crash, there may be evidence and data retrievable that help prove the allegations of negligence against the truck driver.

Semi-Truck EDR (Black Box) Evidence

The Black Box (also referred to as an EDR - Event Data Recorder) on a commercial truck or semi-tractor trailer can provide this information. While there is a great deal of developing technology that may assist an injured motorist, the Black Box may be the best storyteller for the court. The Black Box equipped on commercial trucks record data that is vital to establishing key facts.

The Black Box records less than a minute of data. The download will show what the truck driver was doing just before the accident. This event data usually remains intact after the truck crash. While the Black Box in a truck does not record everything, the Black Box does record key data including the truck's speed and driver's inputs. These important pieces of information are otherwise lost as memories of the event fade or when a driver does not want to admit fault.

Truck Accident Evidence

The truck's speed and the truck driver's inputs (accelerator and brake) are solely under the control of the truck driver. The truck driver is responsible for everything he does or fails to do. Therefore, if the truck driver was doing something he should not have been, then the Black Box may ultimately tell the story because the Black Box can tell the court exactly what the truck driver was doing or not doing.

If the driver fails to engage his brakes as soon as he should have, swerves, or was simply traveling too fast; then that information can be downloaded and presented at trial. The Black Box could tell a story that gives an injured motorist the opportunity to receive compensation for injuries sustained in an accident. Experienced legal counsel can make the most of this data when advocating for an injured motorist. However, this evidence can be lost, if not preserved. Injured parties are urged to seek legal counsel as soon as possible to ensure that the Black Box can tell their story.

Jacksonville Truck Accident Lawyer

The attorneys at Wood, Atter & Wolf are ready to assist you on your truck accident personal injury case. Each partner of the law firm has over 25 years of experience representing injury victims and their families. David A. Wolf, partner of Wood, Atter & Wolf, is the author of 10 books including the book titled Big Trucks Big Problems - When a Truck Driver Wrecks Your Day and Life - Legal Rights of the Injury Victim and Family. This book has chapters on Commercial Driver License Requirements, Truck Driver's Logs, Weigh Stations, and Black Boxes, Medical Treatment and Follow Up, Insurance Issues and Common Questions, and other topics. You can get this book for free at Big Trucks Big Problems.

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