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Black Box Truck Accident Lawsuits

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When people think about black boxes, they think about airplanes. But many commercial heavy trucks get equipped with this type of device. These are large vehicles known as big rigs, 18-wheelers, and semis.

What is the Purpose of the “Black Box”?

The function of the black box is to record vital systems data. Hence, this includes info on the date before, and during an accident. So this can provide critical evidence. So when a collision occurs, resulting in serious injuries or deaths, there is a record.

  • Is It Difficult to Obtain Black Box Info After a Crash?

Yes, the defense never wants to turn over anything that could implicate their driver as the cause of the crash! But the person hurt may face a battle with the trucking company to obtain the data from the device.

Bit Ehline Law Firm can assist individuals in a big-rig collision to get this information. Also, we can protect your fundamental rights against the truck company.

Furthermore, we will fight their insurance company attorneys to obtain this vital information. After all, it could prove who is at fault and avoid lengthy, costly litigation.

What Evidence Is in Black Box Data?

  • In fact, there is a lot of info you can get as follows:

Commonly the device is called a “black box.” But it is not black or referred to as an EDR as far as we know. In the United States, these electronic devices are getting installed on many commercial trucks. But these got developed in the 11990sas a way to monitor emissions from large trucks.

The technology grew from this capability. Now it is at a point where it can monitor vehicle data for trucking companies. So the EDR can look for:

  • Engine problems
  • Fuel usage
  • Idle time
  • Records of various vehicle speeds.

What the NHTSA Says:

The National Transportation Safety Board determined software changes can make EDR’s collect crash data. This resulted in the EDR box becoming standard equipment on most large trucks. The one problem that remains is that standards have not become reached for all EDR’s. So the EDR information varies depending on the device.

But basically, EDR’s have the capability to collect:

  • Daily engine usage.
  • The Engine usage history.
  • Engine RPM.
  • Fault codes (engine problems identified).
  • The Fault codes to identify engine problems.
  • Engine parameters.
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS).
  • Service brake.
  • Accelerator governor.
  • Clutch pedal.
  • Tire pressure.
  • Cruise governor.
  • The Cruise control.
  • Wheel speed.
  • Delta-V, which is a measurement occurring when the truck changes directions at a particular speed.
  • Maintenance history.
  • Audit trail.
  • Critical event data.

So this can include incidents of hard braking. Also, it can demonstrate rapid deceleration. So this can be helpful legal information after a collision.

What About Accident Reconstruction and the Black Box?

After a crash, information from the black box assists in the accident reconstruction process. Because of this, critical information can be obtained. Also, it could explain the condition of the truck driver’s actions before the crash.

Ehline Law Firm investigates large truck collisions. We do this with the help of professional engineers. So these are people with experience in gathering this type of evidence. This data is not always freely provided by the trucking company.

Hence, our attorneys will often become required to go to court to obtain the information using the discovery process. So we force the trucking company to turn it over with motions and pleadings.

Most of all, defendants don’t want plaintiffs to have access to the EDR device. This data gets used along with other evidence by our truck accident lawyers. So we can use this evidence to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company or use it in court.

But when the insurer does not offer a fair settlement, a lawsuit becomes necessary. Most important, we get essential evidence. This is always needed to obtain the monetary award our clients deserve. Also, this data can get compromised. So it necessary for you to consult a lawyer as soon as possible after a collision.

Consulting a Southern California Truck Accident Attorney For a Black Box Discovery Issue

Consulting Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys APLC provide you with legal remedies. These can get pursued by a skilled injury lawyer.

  • Who Do We Sue for You and How?

Also, Ehline can evaluate who the potential negligent parties are. These are the people who get held legally responsible. These persons are “defendants.” Commonly, the parties that can get held accountable include the trucking company.

Also, the driver of the big rig and manufacturers can also get tied up as defendants with deep pockets. We will thoroughly investigate the collision to resolve why the crash happened. Also, we will look to see how it occurred.

So you see, this is how we can get money for you for the resulting harm? Don’t you agree t might be a good idea to try and obtain the compensation you deserve for your damages. Call Ehline Law Firm to schedule a consultation at (213) 596-9642. But you can also fill out our online contact form.  

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