Almost every tractor-trailer has a black box installed. This is a device that contains a computer and will store data continuously or will store data when the truck has an accident depending on the model. The data stored on the black box can be very valuable if you are involved in a truck accident. For this reason, you should make sure that your truck accident lawyer acts immediately to preserve the evidence.
The black box can store data from the electronic control module (ECM). This is a computer that controls the engine of a truck and will also generate error codes whenever something goes wrong.
Helpful data can include the speed at which the engine was operating, the tire pressure, and several other factors. For example, if the truck had low tire pressure, this might have played a role in the accident.
The Electronic Logging Device
The black box might include helpful features such as the electronic logging device. This device will record how long the driver has been on the road and will also determine whether the driver was exceeding the number of hours that a driver is allowed to drive.
Other Data Recorded
The black box can record when certain events occur. For example, the black box will record whether the airbags deployed, when a sudden braking event occurs, or when there is sudden deceleration.
How to Preserve the Black Box Data
The truck company might try to dispose of the black box data. Therefore, your truck accident lawyer will need to send a spoliation letter that will make sure that the company is not able to dispose of the black box or erase the data. However, you will need to act quickly.
Why the Black Box Data is Important
Obtaining the data is essential because your truck accident lawyer will be able to use the data to prove that the driver was responsible for the accident. Regardless of how injured you are as a result of the accident, you must prove that the driver was at fault to be able to receive compensation.
To avoid compensating you fairly, the commercial truck insurance provider might try to find ways to cast doubt on your claims. However, with enough evidence, your truck accident lawyer will be able to make it undeniable that the other party is at fault for your accident. Then, your attorney will be able to negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
For more information, contact a trucking accidents attorney today.