How Evidence from a Black Box Can Help Your Truck Accident Case

Determining the cause of a truck accident can be complex. Operating a truck is very complicated, and there are many things that can go wrong: Mechanical issues, overloaded vehicles, and reckless driving are just a few common causes of truck accidents.

Because the causes of truck accidents vary so widely, there are many different methods that can be used to investigate a collision. One piece of evidence that may be helpful in your case is the truck’s black box. The information that is stored in this vehicle part can provide valuable insight into the cause of a truck accident.

What Does a Black Box Do?

Black boxes are also known as electronic control modules. Through a vehicle’s electronic systems, black boxes continuously collect information on the actions of a driver and the operations of a truck. The information is stored as data that can be accessed later.

Black boxes collect data on the operations of a truck, such as:

  • Speed

  • Acceleration and deceleration

  • Braking

  • Distance traveled

  • Seatbelt usage

  • Air bag deployment

  • Tire pressure

  • Location data

Through this data, the events that occurred before and during a truck accident can be pieced together. The information can also be indicative of a pattern of reckless driving by the truck driver, which can support your claims of their liability for your injuries.

Accessing Black Box Data for a Truck Accident Claim

It is important to act quickly after you are injured in a truck accident. Filing your claim as soon as possible will not only ensure that your case is compliant with statute of limitations laws, but will also help in recovering evidence.

If a black box will help in your case, action must be taken promptly. The data on the black box may be continually erased as part of the device’s regular operations. The truck driver and the trucking company they work for may purposefully erase black box data so it can’t be used as evidence of their negligence.

Our lawyers will help you recover evidence that is helpful in your case. If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, contact Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. today. We will handle the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing from your injuries.

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