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What Information do Onboard Computers Provide in Truck Accident Cases?

Posted on December 27th, 2014 by Admin

Through technological advances, many trucking companies today have their drivers use onboard computers.  An onboard computer is a small device installed into the truck’s cab.  Much like a regular computer, it hooks up to other device drivers that provide the capability of printing, scanning and live communication exchange.  The onboard computer also interfaces with temperature and safety sensors and a device called a tachograph that measures distance and speeds.  So, why is this information important to Atlanta truck accident lawyers?  Because an onboard computer can provide valuable evidence to determine and help prove fault in a truck accident case.

For example, Transics is a company that makes onboard computers.  Federal regulations require that truck drivers keep track of hours of service (time spent driving) and keep a log of information based on industry rules.  The onboard computer acts as a tracking system that records information about the following:

  • Trip planning
  • Fuel consumption
  • Truck navigation
  • Driver’s driving style
  • Track and trace (routes traveled, speeds driven, time stopped, etc.)
  • Cargo status

A black box is another type of onboard computer, and the main difference is that it reports information directly to the trucking company without any interface required from the truck driver.

Either of these devices can provide crucial information about trucking violations that lawyers can use as evidence to prove truck driver negligence — to use whether negotiating with the insurance company or taking the case to trial.

Consult the Cochran Firm Atlanta for a free case evaluation and discuss the prospects of pursuing a case.

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