Admissibility of Automotive Electronic Data
What is automotive electronic data? In laymen’s terms, cars have computers in them and they record stuff. You might have heard about “black boxes” in air crash scenarios, well now – as of September 1, 2012 – most vehicles (with certain exceptions) are required to have event data recorders. So as time move forward more and more vehicles will have these recorders, and the resultant data will be very interesting for the pursuit of injury claims related to automobile accidents and trucking accidents.
Right now there are no North Carolina cases on the admissibility of this data, but it will only be a matter of time.
This information can be particularly useful in transfer truck accidents based on what the data can tell us about the accident. At what speed was the truck traveling? When were brakes applied? Were they at all? How long had the vehicle been running? These facts can be extremely valuable in the pursuit of a claim, so it’s important to do what you can to obtain them.
If you have a trucking accident claim make sure your trucking accident attorney knows the importance of this data and more importantly how to act to preserve it, or at least to pressure the other side to preserve it.