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The NHTSA Requests That Black Boxes Be Added to All Cars

In 2013, almost all (96%) of the new automobiles were manufactured with an event data recorder, or “black box.” These devices record everything you do behind the wheel of a car and could soon be a mandatory feature. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has requested that the installation of event data recorders be required in all light passenger vehicles by September 2014.

While critics are concerned that this data could be mined and used against you in the future, safety experts are thrilled at the information these black boxes could provide. Black box data could be used in personal injury cases to establish liability or negligence. What exactly do black boxes record?

Some of the data that black boxes record are:

  • Change in forward crash speed
  • Time from beginning of crash to end of crash
  • Speed vehicle was traveling
  • Percentage of engine throttle
  • How far the accelerator pedal was pressed
  • Whether or not brake was applied
  • Ignition cycle
  • Whether or not driver was using safety belt
  • Airbag deployment
  • Number of crash events

Few safeguards are in place, however, and there are questions regarding what types of information can legally be collected and shared. Whose information is it and how can that information be protected? Those are just some of the questions that must be answered in the upcoming years. So far only 13 states have implemented restrictions that safeguard the data from being used without the driver’s consent.

At the moment, South Florida car accident lawyers turn to police reports, accident recreation experts, and forensic specialists to establish fault and liability. Through precise investigation and forensic analysis, crash data and evidence can usually be obtained.

The lawyers at Kelley/Uustal use a precise blend of science and technology to seek out evidence that others miss and find proof to build your case. Our Forensic Discovery Process enables us to use more advanced forensic tools as needed to aggressively represent our clients in any type of car accident case. In addition, we have been using black box data in catastrophic trucking and car accidents for years with extraordinary success.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, the Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers at Kelley/Uustal can help. Call (954) 715-4511 to arrange a free consultation.

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