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Last Updated : June 8, 2022

Why Is the Black Box Important in Truck Accidents?

Posted on Sunday, October 10th, 2021

Being in a truck accident can cause severe injuries to everyone involved. Unlike collisions involving two passenger vehicles, the size and weight of a semi-truck make collisions with it even more dangerous. If the truck accident is caused by the negligence of the truck driver, the truck driver or their company might have to compensate those whom they injured.

To determine whether a truck accident was caused by the truck driver, a proper investigation will look for multiple types of evidence that can provide a picture of how the accident occurred. Did the driver’s actions cause the accident? Was the truck properly inspected? These are a few questions that your attorney will want to have answered. Another piece of evidence your attorney will look at is the truck’s black box.

What a Black Box Is

black box truck accidentA black box, or an electronic logging device (ELD), is installed on a truck’s engine and logs the activity of the truck. This activity includes the status of the engine’s power and vehicle movements, how long and when the engine runs, the number of miles the truck is driven, and identifying information for the truck driver and the truck. For example, a truck’s black box can divulge the speed at which the truck was being driven at a particular time, whether or when the driver used the brakes, and how they steered the truck. Every ELD installed in trucks must meet certain technical specifications. The data from ELDs can be transferred to safety officials when requested.

Why It’s Important

A black box can provide unique details into the cause of a truck accident. As your attorneys, we will try to find out how the truck driver may have caused your accident by conducting an investigation. We will request to view several types of evidence from the truck driver, their employer, and safety officials, including the truck’s black box. If the truck driver took certain actions immediately before the accident that may have contributed to the accident, that could strengthen our argument as to the truck driver’s (and, perhaps, their employer’s) liability. If we prove the truck driver was liable for your accident, then you would be entitled to compensation from them and/or their employer.

Common Truck Accident Causes

Truck drivers and their employers can cause truck accidents in several different ways:

  • Speeding by the truck driver
  • Alcohol or drug use by the truck driver
  • Mechanical failure, potentially overlooked or missed by the employer due to non-routine inspections or neglected maintenance
  • Inexperienced truck driver, which could be the result of negligent hiring practices
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Truck driver distractions, such as cell phone usage

Why You Need OnderLaw, LLC

Our attorneys have fought hard to help our clients who have been injured in accidents get justice since 2002. We have represented our clients in auto and truck accidents, workers’ compensation claims, severe brain, burn, and spinal cord injuries, slip and falls, nursing home abuse, defective products, and prescription drug litigation. As a result of our skillful legal representation in thousands of personal injury accident cases, we’ve secured over $4 billion in settlements and awards for our clients.

In every case we take on, we utilize our decades of experience in personal injury law to reach the best outcome. We treat all our clients with compassion for the difficult road ahead in recovering from their injuries. We can’t promise any particular outcome for our clients, but we work hard to get them the best results possible and lean on the experience and skills that have helped us get considerable settlements in the past.

Whether we settle your case with insurance companies, truck drivers, or trucking companies, or fight to win your case at trial, we are prepared to be aggressive advocates for you.

OnderLaw, LLC has earned a reputation for success in representing our clients, and organizations across the country have recognized us for it. Our attorneys have been named Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers and have won litigation awards from the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, LLC.

Contact Us

Have you or a loved one been injured in a truck accident that wasn’t your fault? If so, you deserve justice and might be entitled to significant compensation. The experienced truck accident attorneys of OnderLaw, LLC can provide you with excellent legal representation to help you get compensation from the party responsible for your accident.

Call us today at (314) 963-9000 for a free consultation. You won’t owe us a dime unless we get you a settlement or award for your injuries.


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