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What can an event data recorder tell you about your accident?

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2022 | Car Accidents, Truck Accidents

The tractor-trailers you pass every day can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Your vehicle, by contrast, probably weighs no more than 6,000 pounds. Consequently, it is not difficult to see how a collision with a semitruck can have catastrophic consequences for you.

If you have serious injuries after colliding with a commercial vehicle, you undoubtedly need prompt payment of your insurance claim. You also might need to take legal action to receive the financial compensation you deserve. Either way, it benefits you to get ahold of the truck’s event data recorder.

What are event data recorders?

While not every commercial vehicle on the road today has an event data recorder many do. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, event data recorders are computer modules that capture information about a vehicle’s operation.

Indeed, if you can get your hands on a truck’s event data recorder, you might learn about any of the following:

  • Speed, acceleration and deceleration
  • Turning and braking
  • Seat belt usage
  • Maintenance

Why should you not procrastinate?

In the aftermath of a major accident, you are likely to focus on your health and recovery. Still, you do not want to put off trying to access the truck’s event data recorder. After all, the driver or the trucking company may be able to delete or overwrite important information. This may make proving fault considerably more difficult for you.

Ultimately, rather than hoping the event data recorder is available when you need it, it is advisable to talk to your attorney about taking steps to prevent the destruction of vital information.