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Immediate Steps to Take After Your Large Truck Accident to Preserve the Black Box

white semiMost commercial trucks are equipped with black boxes similar to those found in airplanes. Also known as an electronic control module or an event data recorder, these devices often contain important information that may be useful in proving that the truck driver was negligent in causing your crash. Some of the information it contains that may be used in your case includes the speed of the truck at the time of the accident; whether the driver applied the brakes; and the amount of driving time in the truck.

Immediate Steps to Take to Preserve Black Box Data

Time is of the essence if you want to collect data from a big rig's black box to use in a case. On older models of event data recorders, the information is taped over every 30 days or sooner. In addition, a trucking company could intentionally destroy this evidence. To avoid this problem, hire an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible to help you preserve the data in the black box. He can take the following important steps for you:

  • Send a spoliation letter to the trucking company demanding preservation of the electronic control module and other information important to your case.
  • Hire an accident reconstruction expert to monitor the download of data from the black box to prevent any errors in the download. Your attorney may also get the trucking company to agree on alternative protections to ensure the data isn't lost.
  • File an immediate lawsuit if necessary to obtain a court order preventing the trucking company from destroying black box evidence.

While black box data can be helpful to your case, there are other avenues of evidence your attorney may pursue. Some rigs also contain a cab electronic module that records dispatch and delivery information, which is downloaded by the trucking company. Emails between the driver and his company may also be recovered.

If you were injured in a truck accident caused by the driver's negligence, I urge you to contact our firm so I can help you immediately to preserve all the vital information pertinent to your case. Call today at 208.344.5555 to schedule a free consultation.