Over the past decade or so every major automobile manufacturer in the United States has been incorporating Event Data Records (‘EDR’) into their vehicles. Commonly referred to as ‘black boxes’, these devices record various technical vehicle and occupant information in the seconds preceding an automobile accident. The data recorder can capture information such as the vehicle speed, seat belt usage, airbag deployment status and other post-crash data points.
In cases where liability (the fault for an accident) is disputed, it is often vital information to be able to prove a certain version of events just prior to a collision. This is particularly the case in automobile accidents where for whatever reason one of the drivers is unavailable or there are conflicting versions of how an accident happened.
While new regulations in the state legislature are currently seeking to limit access to such information in civil proceedings, it is often possible to obtain such data in order to help prove our clients’ cases. Our liability attorneys have the ability to utilize the correct technology and experts in order to access and understand data recorded on EDR systems. Such data can often make the difference in being able to prove when the other party is at fault.