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The Importance of Black Boxes in Car Crash Personal Injury Cases

Most modern cars are equipped with black box-like devices called event data recorders or EDRs. These are similar to airplane black boxes in that they record information from the moments leading up to a crash. They differ from airplane black boxes in that they often don’t record as much information. Here are 3 important things about event data recorders to keep in mind if you are involved in a car accident.

1. Make sure to save the data as soon after a crash as possible, especially if your car was totaled. Data from these devices can be lost if a car is scrapped, or it can be deleted or overwritten if too much time goes by after the accident. Technology allows for this data to be saved relatively easily and cheaply, so there is no reason not to get the data.

2. After an accident, do not give anyone access to your car unless its your own lawyer. Data from car black boxes can be taken out of context or downloaded incorrectly, which can lead to inaccurate information. This can then be used against you. Make sure only people with your interests in mind are allowed to download data from your car’s black box.

3. The type of data you get from a car’s event data recorder varies. Some record only basic data like speed and braking, others can record whether you had your seatbelt on or whether you had your lights on. The data can vary between car makers, but also between model years. Its important to know what kind of data you can get so you know what you can use.

Remember, data doesn’t lie. This is why data from a car’s black box is very important in car collision cases and can make all the difference in your personal injury case.

If you’ve been in a car accident, contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation. The attorneys at Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott can be reached at (816) 867-8611.

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