Many thousands of Americans are injured each year in accidents with large commercial trucks. A large number of those accidents are due to poor driving on behalf of the truck driver. Although the federal government has strict limits on how much drivers can drive in certain periods of time, truck drivers today often break those rules in order to get more driving time in.
Fortunately, technology today has enabled us to learn more about the driver’s driving patterns. Most trucks today have built in “black boxes”, which record driving data. These black boxes are similar to those used in commercial airplanes.
The black boxes can record hours of driving time logged, engine speed, tire pressure, vehicle speed, seat-belt usage, brake usage, following distance, and more. As you can imagine, the black boxes can be invaluable data in a case involving a negligent truck driver and another vehicle. The black box can prove, for example, that although the driver’s logs said he only drove a certain number of hours in a day, that he actually drove far more than that. The black box could also prove that the driver was speeding or tailgating.
It is crucial in any case involving an accident between a commercial truck and another vehicle that the truck accident attorney notifies the trucking company that the black box is needed as evidence in the case. During the case, the black box can be used in a variety of ways, such as to contradict the opinions of defense experts or to prove negligence.
If you have been injured in a California accident with a commercial truck or tractor trailer, contact Orange County truck accident attorney Don Sjaarda at 714-963-8216 to learn more about the legal options available.