Unfortunately, semi-truck crashes happen all the time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 100,000 people were injured and nearly 5,000 were killed in tractor-trailer crashes in 2012 alone.
When these crashes occur, investigators have the tough job of piecing together why the accident happened and who caused it. This is where the data collected by a truck’s black box is invaluable.
The black boxes located on semi-trucks record a variety of data, including the truck’s speed, seat belt use, how hard the truck is stopping, the number of times the truck stops, sudden braking, airbag deployment, and the truck’s average speed.
Texas truck accident lawyer Amy Witherite states: “Semi-truck black boxes are made by a variety of manufacturers. Because some models only record data for up to 30 days, and then erase or record over it, it’s important to locate the black box as quickly as possible. This ensures that the data from the crash is preserved.”
The technology behind black boxes is constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated. In fact, most new vehicles, including passengers cars, manufactured
today contain some type of Event Data Recorder. According to Edmund’s, an estimated 96 percent of all motor vehicles sold in the U.S. now contain an EDR.