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 and Urbano 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.
As valuable as these devices are during an accident case, first it is necessary to get possession of the black box. In line with trucking companies’ treatment of paper records, there is a limited amount of time for which the trucking company must maintain the information on the black box. It is important to request the black box data as soon as possible after the accident before the trucking company or driver can legally destroy it. Usually, it will require an expert to interpret the data that is stored on the black box. In addition, proprietary software may have to be obtained from the manufacturer of the device in order to translate the stored information.
Although the data that is stored does vary based on the type of device and age and model of the truck, it may be critical to the success of a case. Often, it is difficult to obtain information about exact speed of the truck before the crash, whether the truck was swerving in and out of its lane, and the time that the truck was on the road before the crash because eyewitness testimony and accident reconstruction can only supply a certain amount of detail. The increasing presence of black box devices may help more victims get justice for harm that was caused by driver and trucking company negligence.
Miami Truck Accident Attorneys Use Every Available Means to Get Justice for Clients
There are many different ways to show that the truck driver or trucking company negligently caused the terrible accident that injured you or your family member. The skilled truck accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano know how to gather the available evidence and present the most compelling case possible to get you the damages award to which you are entitled. The use of black box technology is one more way to get justice for our clients. With more than 100 years of collective legal experience, our attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to provide excellent legal services to victims. This dedication to our clients has resulted in an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, and, we are also members of Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. The Miami Herald also has honored our record by voting us one of the top-rated South Florida law firms, and, we have been ranked as “Superlawyers,” a title designating us as being among the best lawyers in the U.S. We are ready to fight for you. Please call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation.