For many years, truck drivers have been breaking the rules in order to get products to their destinations faster, whether on their own initiatives or at the urging of trucking companies looking at the financial bottom line. Even log books have not been able to stop this bad behavior, but the use of black boxes may demonstrate the wrongdoing with clear evidence, leading to justice for those who been harmed as the result of a commercial truck accident.
The knowledgeable and hard-working South Florida truck accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have used the available tools to recover damages for truck accident victims for more than thirty years. We will use this new technology as one more way to identify and hold accountable those individuals and companies responsible for the injuries that our clients suffered.
Black boxes are making the leap from airplanes to trucks and even some passenger cars. These boxes can record speeds, locations based on built-in global positioning systems (GPS), braking distances, including how quickly brakes were applied in relation to distance traveled, and hours when the vehicle was being operated. This information may be critical in accident reconstruction, but it also may be used to track the route that the driver took to the bar to show where and how many drinks were consumed prior to the accident.
Black boxes are, in effect, an electronic version of the log book with additional details about each trip, but cannot be manipulated as easily because of the tie-in to the various systems of the truck and the electronic record. The devices may record other critical information related to a collision, including correspondence between the truck driver and the trucking company immediately following a crash. There even may be admissions of guilt in these transmissions. In addition, the communications may contain information about mechanical problems that were ignored or overlooked, indications of driver fatigue, or challenges that the driver was having with the specific type of truck.