After every commercial plane crash you’ll see members from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) looking for what they call the “Black Box.” In reality, the box they are looking for is orange in order to make it more easily identifiable. There are two boxes and one of the boxes contains radio transmissions while the other contains flight-data like speed, altitude and heading. This information gives the researchers much of the information needed to determine why the crash happened and allows them to place responsibility. Did you know newer cars have a similar feature?
Even though cars on the road have different issues there is a way to learn what happens from an unbiased third party who gives only factual details. This is where the Event Data Recorder (EDR) comes into play. EDR’s first appeared in vehicles in the mid-1970s as a way for automakers to monitor airbag performance which assisted in modifications to improve their effectiveness. Since then, automakers, researchers and law enforcement have used EDRs for a variety of purposes, including crash reconstruction. The data recorder varies by manufacturer and may include speed, max speed, braking, max acceleration and even whether the phone was in use at the time of a crash showing distracted driving.
There was a car crash in Florida recently where a rental car driven by an alleged intoxicated driver crashed into a street legal Golf Cart equipped with lights and other required safety equipment. The crash resulted in one fatality and three serious injuries. Data retrieved from the rental car showed the suspect, Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, was driving at 65 mph and only briefly hit the brakes before smashing into the golf cart at around 10 p.m. local time on Folly Beach, investigators said.
Due to the severity of this case, law enforcement was able to gather the data and their investigative job will be faster and more specific as a result. As personal injury attorney’s, we can subpoena this information from another vehicle provided we can locate the vehicle quickly enough. Did you know that this information can be used to validate your claim for injuries and may aid in the settlement. Often times, a car will be in an auto body repair facility and the time it spends being repaired may provide a sufficient enough delay to allow this evidence to be gathered. This is another reason to seek the advice of an experienced litigation if you’ve been injured as soon a possible.
We represent people who are injured because of the careless and reckless acts of others. At the end of the day your case can only be settled one time and you need to know all of the facts beforehand. The reason that insurance companies have paid our clients in excess of $130,000,000.00 is that we get the facts and are not intimidated at the prospect of going to trial when insurance companies fail to offer full compensation. We help with serious injuries that require serious representation. We are the Law Offices of Guenard & Bozarth, LLP. Our attorneys have more than 60 years of experience specializing in only representing injured people. Call GB Legal 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or visit www.gblegal.com We would be honored to represent you!