Like commercial airliners, semi-trucks are equipped with electronic data recorders, which are commonly referred to as “black boxes,” that record significant amounts of information about the truck’s operation. That information is often very important in determining liability in a truck accident lawsuit.
The attorneys at the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm in Dallas use black box data and all other available evidence to fight for the largest available damages on behalf of clients that suffer serious injuries in collisions with large trucks. We have more than thirty years of experience in investigating and analyzing the circumstances of truck crashes and using the evidence we collect for the benefit of injured victims.
What information is recorded on a truck’s black box?
A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can derive a substantial amount of evidence from a semi truck’s black box, including:
- The truck’s speed and acceleration at the time of an accident
- When and how the driver hit the truck’s breaks or implemented other maneuvers to slow the truck, such as engine breaking
- Maintenance and repair issues
- The weight of the truck’s load and how that load affected its operation
- The driver’s attempt to steer away from an accident
- How many hours the truck was in continuous operation before an accident
The value of this evidence is that, unlike eyewitness testimony, it is objective and irrebuttable, and as such, it is a clear indicator of the semi truck’s liability for injuries and losses that are the result of the accident.
Is semi-truck black box data permanently recorded?
Semi-truck black boxes are typically set on a recording loop in which new data continuously overwrites older data. Data will generally not be available more than 30 days after it was recorded. A few semi-trucks even overwrite data after as little as 10 minutes. To ensure that this data is preserved after a truck accident in North Texas, an accident victim should consult with an 18-wheeler accident attorney in Dallas as soon as is possible after a car-truck crash.
What damages can black box data help a truck accident victim recover?
If black box data indicates that the truck caused the accident and the victim’s lawyer shows that the accident was the direct and proximate cause of injuries and property losses, the accident victim may be eligible to recover:
- Present and anticipated future medical expenses
- Reimbursement of lost wages while recovering from injuries
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Costs of physical and occupational therapy, and for accommodations made to living spaces where necessary to assist recovery
- Replacement value of lost or damaged personal property
Call the Dallas Truck Accident Attorneys at Angel Reyes & Associates
Angel Reyes & Associates in Dallas has the experience, skills, and resources to advocate for your best interests after a truck accident and fight for the maximum damages you are entitled to. You can be confident that we will analyze all semi-truck black box data and other evidence to build the strongest case on your behalf.
Please reach out to us through our online contact form or call for a no-cost consultation. If black box data is available in your case, we will use it to get the full and fair compensation you deserve.