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Black Boxes - The Way of the Future for Semi Trucks?

Steve Wagner

If you’ve been around long enough, you know what it means when someone says “black box”. You probably have images of 9/11 flash through your brain, and you know that black boxes are essentially engine data recording devices, intended to help determine the cause of a crash after it has happened.

How do these black boxes work?

A black box is wired into an engine’s electronic control module, and given the ability to record things like speed, steering, braking, and even oil and gas levels, and tire pressure. Many of these boxes record on a loop, only saving the last few minutes of data. Some record continuously, and a few others only kick on when something abnormal happens to trigger it.

Black Boxes on Semi Trucks

Up until now, you may have thought these black boxes were only being used on planes, but the truth is, they’ve been infiltrating their way into the ground transportation industry for quite some time. They are by no means mandatory (unless a company has a ruling to use them – often in cases where they continue to break laws regarding driver times), but many companies are beginning to use them voluntarily, in the hopes that uncovering data after an accident will continue to help us curb the number of accidents and cut down on semi-caused crashes.

Uncovering the Data

The one problem with trucking companies voluntarily implementing these black boxes is that they still control the data. After an accident, there isn’t yet legislation to mandate the sharing of that information with a crash victim or their family.

Here’s where your need for an attorney comes in. The police may be able to assist you in recovering the information, but even they are not legally required to share it with you. A personal injury attorney can fight for your rights to know what caused the accident, as well as financial damages to cover your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

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