Truck accidents occur with alarming frequency in Florida cities, often leaving victims in smaller vehicles severely injured. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries are two examples of these devastating ramifications.
If there is one thing you can count on in the wake of a truck accident, the trucker or trucking company will do all it can to avoid liability. In some cases, victims already have sufficient evidence to show the other party’s fault. Other times, you may need additional evidence to prove your case.
Black box data can strengthen your injury claim
Ideally, you already have some evidence, such as police reports, eyewitness accounts, and medical reports. In a best-case scenario, you also have access to the evidence contained within the semi truck’s black box data.
The information stored in a black box (also known as an event data recorder) can reveal much about truck accidents. Examples of supporting evidence often contained in these data recorders include:
- Engine revolutions per minute (RPM)
- Truck driver input
- Truck speed just before the collision
- Brake usage before and during the collision
- Percentage of throttle applied
- Gear in use during a collision
- Details about steering and tires
- Evidence of improper or lax vehicle maintenance
Unfortunately, victims carry the burden of proving trucker or company liability in truck accidents. When the data from a black box is available, it may provide near-irrefutable evidence regarding how your crash happened. If your accident injuries were particularly severe, this evidence helps you acquire the maximum amount of financial compensation you deserve.