Do Trucks Have “Black Boxes?”

What is a “Black Box”

A “black box,” also known as an “event data recorder,” is a device that records the actions relating to vehicle operations. You may have heard this term used in association with aircraft, but trucks and newer motor vehicles all have them. Here’s what “black box” data can reveal.

What Information Does a “Black Box” Record?

Many companies need a fleet of trucks to deliver goods, so having black box data can be helpful to track the driving habits and other functions carried out by vehicle operators such as:

  • Speeding habits
  • Braking habits
  • Acceleration rates
  • The amount of time the driver spent on the road
  • The amount of time the truck had been idle
  • How often the seatbelt had been used
  • Airbag deployment

Can a “Black Box” Serve as Evidence in a Truck Crash Case?

If you are involved in a truck crash, “black box” data can be used to show how the crash happened and who may have been responsible for the accident. For example, if a truck driver hit a vehicle in front of them, the black box could reveal the speed at which they were going compared to the amount of time it took to brake. If the brake time was unreasonable, then it could mean that the driver was distracted. Determining liability in a truck accident can be tricky. However, having an experienced truck accident lawyer assist you with your case can increase the chances of a favorable outcome.

Injured in a Truck Accident? Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC Can Help.

Being injured in a truck accident is a devastating experience and can leave victims with catastrophic injuries or, worse, death. Since trucks are significantly larger than passenger vehicles, the risks of sustaining traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and other severe injuries are high.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck crash, we are here to help you seek justice and recover the compensation you deserve. Our caring attorneys are here to protect your rights and hold the negligent parties accountable for their careless actions. Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC is ready to lend you the support you need when going through a difficult time.

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