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The Importance of Black Boxes in Truck Accidents

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents

In the event of a truck accident lawsuit, it can be difficult to determine who’s responsible and what happened in the moments leading up to the collision. Luckily, an event data recorder (EDR) can help piece together an accident and provide clues whenever property damage or an injury occurs.

When it comes to determining fault for an accident, there are few factors more important than finding and reading the data contained on a EDR, colloquially known as a truck’s “black box.”

What Is A Commercial Truck’s Black Box?

Much like an airplane’s fabled “black box,” commercial trucks are routinely equipped with an EDR, which tracks routine use and data leading up to, during, and following a crash. This “black box” is not federally required, but many companies connect an EDR to a truck’s engine and electrical system to track its whereabouts, driving history, and schedule.

What Kind Of Information Does The Black Box Contain?

An EDR is not federally required in a truck; therefore, there is no uniform requirement or designation about which information must be tracked. However, most EDRs track some or all of the following data:

  • Speed at the time of crash
  • Speed and accelerator history
  • Braking history
  • Hours operated
  • Fuel use
  • Airbag deployment

What Role Does A Black Box Play In A Truck Accident Lawsuit?

EDR data is commonly sought out during the claims process, because it paints a clear and unbiased picture of what happened immediately before, during, and after an accident. If a driver is at fault, reliable EDR data can generally demonstrate as much.

Additionally, EDR data can help experts and attorneys reconstruct an accident to determine what happened (and in what order).

How A Chicago Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You

A resourceful, thorough, and experienced Chicago attorney can track down EDR data, review it for relevancy, and make a thoughtful determination from there.

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. helps victims proceed and receive fair compensation following a with vehicles like semi-trucks and tanker trucks. The EDR data can go a long way toward determining fault, and a resourceful attorney can discuss your options for filing a claim against the responsible party, call on experts to bolster your cause, and demand legal payment on your behalf. Your settlement may cover medical bills resulting from the accident, automobile repairs, wages you would have otherwise earned, and more.

If you’ve been involved in a Chicago car accident, you should contact our trucking accident lawyers as soon as possible. Free consultations are available today when you call (312) 236-2900. A attorney can go over your options.