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What is a Black Box When it Comes to Semi-Trucks?

Semi Truck in a black and red silhouette

Just about every commercial semi-truck has a black box or an event data recorder device. Not unlike a black box one would find in an aircraft, this device exists to record information about a semi-truck’s status. Each model may vary. While some can continuously record and save data for several days, others may only retain information for a few minutes before a collision is detected.

The Role a Black Box Plays in an Accident

The data captured on a black box depends on the type of device used. Some of the data collected include travel time, speed, if the steering wheel was turned, if the brakes were used, engine oil, tire pressure, and more. That is why this device is an essential piece of evidence in a semi-truck accident case. It can be the key to assessing who and what contributed to the accident.

Of course, it will come as no surprise that trucking companies often try to withhold the information contained in this important device. Since the trucking company possesses the device and its data, they are not obligated to provide it to an accident victim unless legally compelled to do so. A black box will show if the driver failed to brake, was speeding, or lost control, which is why the company is often so unwilling to provide this information.

An experienced personal injury attorney can help ensure that this evidence is available to you. Combined with eyewitness testimony, physical evidence, and other facts, you can hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries and obtain the compensation you need to get back on your feet and recover from this terrible incident.

Speak to an Experienced Personal Injury During a Free Initial Case Review Today!

If you were involved in a semi-truck accident, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Casey Law Offices, S.C., our attorney has more than 25 years of experience. You can rely on our team to tirelessly fight on your behalf for the results you deserve. Moreover, we work on a contingency fee basis, so you will only have to pay us when we win your case.

Reach out to our law firm today at (414) 272-5564 to schedule a free initial consultation with our skilled attorney to get started on your semi-truck accident case and find out more about what we can do to help you.