At Ashby Thelen Lowry, our Georgia commercial vehicle collision attorneys know semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are required to carry event data recorders (EDR), often called a “black box.”

The purpose of the EDR is to record and store various data related to the vehicle’s operation, and it can be crucial in determining liability in the event of a crash.

Semi-Truck’s “Black Box”

What Information is Recorded by a Truck’s Event Data Recorder?

The information recorded by the black box typically includes data like:

  • Vehicle speed: The truck’s speed up to and during the crash.
  • Brake usage: Data on whether the brakes were applied and, if so, the level of braking force.
  • Engine RPM (revolutions per minute): Information about the engine’s speed.
  • Throttle position: The position of the accelerator pedal.
  • Steering input: Data related to the movement of the steering wheel.
  • Time and date: When the crash occurred.

It is important to note that the availability and types of data recorded by the black box can vary between different truck models and manufacturers. Access to this data may also require specialized equipment, legal experience, and having the law on our side so we can obtain a subpoena for all the evidence the EDR can provide without compromising the investigation.

This information can be crucial for our attorneys and crash investigators to reconstruct the events leading to a commercial truck collision. It can help determine if the truck driver was speeding, braking, or taking other necessary precautions.

The data from the black box can be a valuable tool for establishing liability, but it is usually just one piece of the puzzle. Our skilled semi-truck collision lawyers in Georgia will also consider other factors such as witness statements, road conditions, weather conditions, and any available video footage.

If you have been injured in a truck collision caused by negligence in Georgia, contact our skilled personal injury lawyers and support team at Ashby Thelen Lowry today at (404) 777-7771 to schedule a free consultation to ensure your rights are protected so you can make informed decisions about the direction of your claim.

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