Numerous people suffer injuries in truck accidents every year. The heavy weight of the truck and the heavy load that it carries will increase the impact of the accidents caused by the commercial trucks. Some truck accidents can turn out to be fatal. Most of the truck accidents happen because of the negligence of the truck driver, the trucking company, and the truck manufacturing company.
If you or your loved one has suffered injuries from a truck accident, it will be the responsibility of you and your truck accident attorney to prove the negligence of the concerned people. The black box data of the truck can prove to be of use in this situation.
Almost all the trucks manufactured in the U.S.A since the 1990s have an Electronic Control Module (ECM) attached to its engine. This is known commonly as the black box. This one is intended to record the details regarding the operation of the truck. The ECM usually keeps the record of the functioning of the truck for 30 days. It records the details like speed, time driven, seat belt usage, idling time, etc.
It is very important for you and your attorney to collect the black box details of the truck following the truck accident. Though the ECM is meant to avoid the invalid warranty claims of the engine, it proves to be useful in case of truck accidents. It will be helpful to know if the data given by the truck driver and the trucking company is right or not.
The lawyer must try to get the black box data as early as possible because of the following reasons:
Time Limit Of The Data Recording
The data in the black box stays only for 30 days after which the data will be overwritten. Hence, it is necessary to get hold of the black box so that the required data will not be lost.
Destruction Of The Data
The trucking company will try to destroy the black box data soon after the accident so that no claim will come against them based on that recorded data. The collection of the required data must be done before they get a chance to do this.
Additional Information Needs To Be Preserved
In most of the cases, the trucking companies will keep an additional record of the delivery information using another cab electronic module. This data can also provide necessary details for the strength of your claim.
If you or your loved one has suffered damages from a truck accident, make sure that you get the black box data of the truck as early as possible with the help of your truck accident attorney.