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What Is the Importance of a Black Box System After a Car Accident?

Wagner Reese

A black box, or an Event Data Recorder (EDR), is a device found in most modern vehicles that is used to record information about that car’s driving records, especially as it relates to accidents. After a car accident, it’s important to determine how a crash was caused and what factors influenced the crash. This information helps prove liability after an accident, which makes it easier for any injured parties to fight for the compensation they’re rightfully owed. A black box can be instrumental in this process and can effectively help with an investigation involving car accident liability. If you were involved in an accident, make sure you know how a black box system can help you.

About Black Box Functions

Black boxes were originally used in aircrafts to track their functions and identify any potential problems. Since the 2000s, they’ve expanded into the automobile trade and have been installed in most modern vehicles. In fact, about 96% of all new cars sold in the United States had black boxes installed, according to theNHTSA, and since 2014, it became a requirement for every new U.S. vehicle.

These small, somewhat indestructible devices can be extremely effective in gathering invaluable data, including:

  • Acceleration speed
  • Airbag deployment times
  • Braking activity
  • Seatbelt use
  • Steering angles
  • Throttle position
  • Vehicle speed
  • Vehicle tilt

Black Boxes & Crash Liability

As a part of the investigation process, it is extremely important to obtain and download the black box data from each of the vehicles involved in your crash. Black boxes can be installed in any vehicle, including commercial vehicles like semi-trucks. Depending on the laws in your state, you may need to acquire owner consent in order to receive black box data but can also acquire the necessary information via a court order.

The information gathered from black boxes can be instrumental in obtaining compensation and justice after a motor vehicle accident, especially in proving liability. Professionals can analyze the data collected from your black box and use that information to testify in court as an expert witness.

Let Our Firm Help You

If you or someone you love was harmed in a motor vehicle accident, make sure you have the legal support you need. Our attorneys at Wagner Reese have been helping injured victims since 1997 and we know precisely what it takes to build a solid case for car accidents, motorcycle crashes, semi-truck accidents, and more. Black box data can help support your claims, prove the other party’s liability, identify potential vehicle glitches, and more. If you think you have a case, we want to help you.

Contact Wagner Reese to schedule a free consultation with our firm.


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