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The Black Box: What Is It and Why Does it Matter After a Truck Accident?

Posted on : October 2, 2016
Truck Accident Lawyer

Being involved in a truck accident is a frightening experience. Learning that the trucking company and/or the driver who may have been at fault is deleting or covering up evidence that could help you get the compensation you deserve can be maddening. The black box, or the device that records pertinent information on a truck, plays a crucial role in your case. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is the Black Box and What Does It Record?

Like the black box on a plane, the black box in a truck records important information about how fast the driver was going, how many hours in a row the driver was driving, when the truck driver applied his or her brakes before the accident, and more. The information contained on a black box often is enough to establish fault.

Can Trucking Companies Wipe the Box Clean?

Currently, there is no law preventing trucking companies from deleting information on the black box (or in their logs). The information legally belongs to them. Additionally, they often destroy it in an effort to protect themselves, especially considering there are no consequences to doing so. When a truck accident attorney acts quickly, a motion can be filed to establish the black box, logs, and other information as evidence in a case. Once that motion is accepted, the trucking company cannot destroyed any logs. It’s critical to get a truck accident lawyer on the case as soon as possible for this reason alone.

When Information is Automatically Overwritten

Even if the trucking company does not wipe the black box clean, the information contained on it may be lost over time. A black box can only hold so much information and once it’s full, the box begins overwriting itself. If you wait too long, the information on the box about the accident could be lost.

When to Contact a Truck Accident Attorney

Your best option after a truck accident is to get an attorney involved as soon as possible. In some cases, the trucking company’s lawyers are dispatched to the scene of the accident. You should act with the same urgency and contact a lawyer right away if you or a loved one have been involved in an 18-wheeler accident. Call for a consultation today with a truck accident attorney at (601) 202-1111 in Mississippi or (205) 250-1107 in Alabama.

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