If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident, you have the right to claim compensation from the negligent driver or trucking company. However, to increase the chances of a successful claim, you will need substantial evidence to demonstrate the negligence of these parties. Often, one of the most important sources of evidence is the truck’s “black box,” more formally known as its Event Data Recorder (EDR).
What Data Does a Truck’s Black Box Record?
An EDR is specifically designed to record data about a vehicle in the seconds surrounding a collision. EDRs are not federally mandated for commercial trucks, but most new vehicles have them installed. If a truck is equipped with an EDR, all of the following data may be recorded when an accident occurs:
- The truck’s speed and RPM immediately before, during, and immediately after the crash
- Engagement of the acceleration pedal and/or brakes in the time surrounding the collision
- The truck’s steering in the moments surrounding the crash
- The number of crash events, if, for example, the truck collided with multiple vehicles or objects
- Airbag deployment and seatbelt use in the truck
For injury victims, EDR data is typically most useful in demonstrating that an accident occurred because a truck driver was traveling at an unsafe speed, or because the driver failed to brake or take reasonable action to avoid the collision. However, EDRs do not make video or audio recordings, so victims may need to look for other sources of evidence to further substantiate their claims....