When you think of black boxes, you may typically think of them as being linked to an airplane crash. Anytime a plane crashes, the plane’s black box can be used to investigate the cause of a crash and prevent the same from happening again.
A similar investigation can also be carried out using a commercial truck’s black box in the case of a truck accident. Referred to as ELDs (electronic logging devices), these black boxes capture significant information that help explain the cause of a truck crash. This includes:
- Driver speed (including average speed)
- GPS coordinates
- Steering position
- Braking activity, including whether the brakes were applied
- Whether seatbelts were in use
- Whether the driver slammed on his or her brakes
Since Dec 2017, most trucking companies are required to have an ELD installed in their commercial vehicles that has been registered with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration).
While this black box is available in a majority of trucks, in the case of your truck accident the truck’s insurance company will oftentimes never volunteer this data to you. It takes a personal injury law firm with skilled and knowledgeable truck accident attorneys to gather this information for you.
When hiring a truck accident attorney in Chicago or elsewhere, it’s important to ask the personal injury firm in Chicago or elsewhere what type of resources they have available and what kind of experts they work with? At the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. we work with well-qualified truck experts who can perform the necessary black box downloads and then interpret this data in a meaningful way.
These findings become critical in truck accidents involving disputed liability. When the truck company disputes fault and refuses to accept responsibility, as they often do, our experts’ findings have helped many recover fair compensation for their injuries. Check out our verdicts and settlements page to see these results. For a free, initial consultation with one of our Chicago truck accident lawyers, contact us at 1-312-384-1920 or 1-800-693-1LAW or by email.
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