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Electric Car Accidents: Black Box & Personal Injury Claims

Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley Nov. 14, 2023

From major airline disasters to electric car accidents, black boxes have helped authorities unravel the mysteries of what happened in the moments prior to an accident occurring. These black box units are powerful tools for understanding exactly why an injury-inducing event occurred and who is responsible for many personal injury cases involving vehicles.  

At Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley, LLC, in Durango, Colorado, we understand the importance of leveraging all available resources to build robust cases for our clients. One such resource that has proven invaluable in cases involving electric car accidents is the black box. Contact us and we’ll be happy to explain how these digital data recorders work and how their recordings could be used to help establish fault as part of your personal injury claim

What Is a Black Box? 

A black box, also known as an event data recorder (EDR), is a device installed in many modern vehicles, including electric cars. This device records critical data related to the vehicle's operation before, during, and after an accident. It's much like the black boxes you'd find in airplanes and serves as a vital tool for accident investigation and reconstruction. 

The black box collects and stores data continuously, which we can then access and analyze post-accident. The information it gathers includes vehicle speed, acceleration, braking, steering input, seatbelt usage, airbag deployment, and other relevant factors. This data can offer crucial insights into the events leading up to an accident, helping to determine factors like driver behavior, vehicle malfunctions, and external influences.

What Kind of Information Does It Capture?  

The black box records the speed of the vehicle leading up to and during the accident, which can help determine if excessive speed contributed to the incident. It tracks acceleration and braking patterns, providing insight into the driver's actions before the crash. It also records the driver's steering input, helping us understand whether the driver attempted to avoid the accident.

Moreover, it can detect if the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, which can influence liability and potential injuries. Lastly, it registers airbag deployment, indicating the severity of the impact and the potential force experienced by the occupants. 

Can Black Box Information Help My Personal Injury Claim? 

The information from the black box plays a significant role in personal injury claims. By analyzing this data, we can gather evidence to support our client's case and potentially establish liability.

Here's how black box information can impact and support a personal injury claim:

  • Firstly, it helps establish driver behavior. The black box data can provide insight into the driver's actions before the accident, such as speeding, sudden braking, or erratic steering. This information helps establish negligence or reckless behavior on the part of the driver.

  • Secondly, it aids in reconstructing the accident. By analyzing the black box data, we can reconstruct the sequence of events leading up to the accident. This can help determine if any external factors like road conditions or mechanical failures contributed to the collision.

  • Thirdly, it verifies seatbelt usage. The black box can provide evidence of whether the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. This information can impact the assessment of injuries and potential liability.

  • Lastly, it assesses impact severity. The black box records airbag deployment, indicating the severity of the impact. This information is crucial in determining the extent of injuries and potential damages to be claimed. 

Let’s Explore All Options 

The black box in electric cars can provide critical information in personal injury claims. By analyzing the data captured by the black box, we can reconstruct the events leading up to the accident, establish liability, and support our client's case.

At Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley, LLC, we're committed to using every resource at our disposal to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been involved in an electric car accident in Durango, Colorado, or the surrounding areas of Cortez, Pagosa Springs, Telluride, and The Four Corners, don't hesitate to reach out to us for help.