Tractor Trailer Collisions & Modern Technology
Ever modernizing and changing electronic devices installed in tractor trailers can help injured victims (or if the victim is deceased, their family) prove negligence against the truck driver and trucking company; which in turn helps to recover damages for the injuries suffered.
Onboard Electronic Devices
One such requirement involves tractor trailers having onboard electronic devices to record the hours of service of the truck driver. This is mandated by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) and can often help prove negligence against the truck driver and trucking company in situations where the driver is at fault for the collision. This is done by showing a violation in the number of hours that the truck driver was legally allowed to drive.
Onboard Video Cameras
Many tractor trailers are now equipped with video cameras that record the collision. This information can then be used to either exonerate the truck driver if he is not liable or prove liability if he is at fault. In addition to the GPS systems that help drivers locate addresses, some systems are all tracking systems for the truck to help in pinpointing the exact location of the tractor-trailer at any given time. This tool is used to report accurate departures, arrivals, missed appointments, planned and unplanned stops, out of route miles and many other driver related activities. The information from these GPS trucking tracking systems can help prove negligence against the truck driver and trucking company by providing accurate details of the truck's location, mileage, and speed.
Black Box Technology
Like many other commercial or passenger vehicles, tractor trailers have a "black box" in that will record speed, braking, turning and other driver activities. If there were any injuries involved, accessing the black box records can help prove negligence against the truck driver and trucking company.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident or tractor-trailer collision, you need personal injury attorneys who know the law and the kinds of technology available to help prove your claim. Karns & Kerrison personal injury lawyer offer free consultations and no fee unless successful. Their experienced in handling cases against negligent truck drivers and trucking companies is extensive, and they are familiar with reviewing the kinds of electronic data that can help prove negligence in an injury situation. Contact them now at any one of their easy to reach Rhode Island locations for a free consultation or more information.