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Is there a black box in a car?

On Behalf of | Aug 18, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

We’ve all heard of the “black box” that searches look for after a plan accident to try and get clues as to what happened. The black box holds a wealth of information in what happened in the final moments before the accident occurred. But a New Orleans resident may be surprised to learn that many cars also have a black box. This device may make a difference in determining what caused a car accident.

Car accidents are nothing new for New Orleans residents. Most drivers have been in at least one accident, although luckily most of these accidents are minor fender-benders. But occasionally a serious car accident occurs that can turn a family’s life upside down. In the case of a serious car accident many factors are considered in determine what happened and who is at fault. Depending on the situation, a car’s black box may make a difference in the accident investigation. Most cars made after 2013 have this device installed. There are many things that the event data recorder (EDR) may provide. These can include:

  • Speed of vehicle and any changes in speed before the accident occurred.
  • Speed of the vehicle at the time of the accident
  • Seatbelt use
  • Airbag deployment information
  • Whether the accelerator or brake pedal were used
  • Number of collisions that occurred

When a person is involved in an accident due to no fault of their own it can be a scary situation. They may now be facing thousands of dollars in unexpected medical expenses and the uncertainty of returning to work. A legal professional who is skilled in personal injury can help their client figure out what happened and who is at fault. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.