Why Is the Black Box Important in Truck Accidents?

Many of us are familiar with the “black box” used in airplanes. These virtually indestructible devices constantly record information such as speed, direction, braking, and many other vital pieces of information. Most of us are unaware that the majority of trucks on U.S. roads and highways also contain “black boxes.” While no law mandates their inclusion as of yet, insurance providers, owners, and freight operators install them to protect themselves.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury from a South Carolina truck accident, the existence of a “black box” could be critical to your case. It will provide compelling information concerning the operation of the truck by the defendant. At Evans Moore, LLC, our truck accident lawyers have experience obtaining the black box and deciphering the information contained within to position your claim in the strongest possible position. Our thorough investigation will maximize the compensation you receive.

Data Stored Inside the Black Box

The black box is a treasure trove of evidence for your South Carolina truck accident claim. The black box is wired directly into the truck’s computer and constantly measures several data points. Typically, a black box will contain the following information:

  • The truck’s rate of speed
  • The truck’s average rate of speed
  • The truck’s maximum speed
  • Whether seatbelts were in use
  • Any attempt to apply the breaks
  • Any attempt to steer at the time of the collision
  • The revolutions per minute (RPMs) of the truck’s engine
  • The trucks tire pressure
  • Any mechanical issues or warning indicators
  • The amount of time the truck had been driving
  • Any rest brakes

In short, the black box tells the detailed history of the accident from the truck’s point of view. This information is objective and not subject to manipulation, so it is particularly compelling in a South Carolina truck accident case.

Why the Data Inside the Black Box Is Important to Your Case

In a South Carolina truck accident claim, one of the elements you will need to prove is negligence. Specifically, you will need to prove that the defendant breached his duty to operate the truck safely. Every driver in South Carolina owes a duty of care to everyone else on the road to exercise reasonable care while operating a vehicle. Exercising reasonable care includes following all traffic rules.

The evidence obtained from the black box may demonstrate whether the driver operated the truck negligently by failing to abide by South Carolina traffic laws. The black box can offer powerful evidence that the driver breached their duty of care. Specifically, the black box may contain evidence that the truck driver was speeding, failed to apply its brakes, had a maintenance issue, and even whether the driver lost control of the vehicle at the time of the crash.

In addition, truck drivers are subject to additional rules concerning the length of time they are allowed to drive without resting. Before the black box, it was extremely difficult to prove exactly how long a truck driver had been on the road and, thus, whether the driver had violated the law in this respect. The black box records data about the truck when it is in motion and records periods of rest. The black box will prove exactly how long the driver had been driving the truck at the time of the accident.

Unfortunately, this crucial evidence is not easy to obtain. The black box remains in possession of the owner of the truck. The owner may or may not be the operator. Notably, the owner is under no obligation to disclose or decode this information for your benefit. An experienced South Carolina truck accident lawyer can compel the owner to turn the evidence over to you in court. This evidence may be crucial to your ability to recover monetary compensation for your accident-related losses.

Talk to a South Carolina Truck Injury Lawyer Today

The lawyers at Evans Moore, LLC understand the importance of the black box and the legal steps necessary to acquire it. We will review your case, answer your questions, and advise you of your legal options. We will work diligently on your behalf to secure the maximum amount of monetary compensation for your injuries. Our initial consultation is always free.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a South Carolina truck accident, call our offices today, (843) 995-5000. We look forward to speaking with you today.


How to Prevent Autumn Car Accidents

As the season turns from summer to fall, fatal car accidents are on the rise. The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released statistics comparing 2019 to 2020. The data indicates that traffic fatalities increased in the autumn months of September, October, and November. There are identifiable causes that lead to the increase in deaths, as well as precautions you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe.

At Evans Moore, LLC, our attorneys have experience in all types of South Carolina car accident cases.

Why Do Car Accident Fatalities Increase in Autumn?

Many environmental factors contribute to the increase in autumn car accident fatalities,

  • There are more vehicles on the road as children return to school
  • School zone speed limits return, and drivers don’t adjust right away
  • The days are shorter after we “fall back” and, as a result, more people are driving at night
  • The falling foliage can obscure dangers on the roadway
  • Deer mating season in October causes more deer to be on the roads, which contributes to more autumn car accident fatalities

In addition to the factors listed above, South Carolina experiences more rain in the fall than all but fourteen other states. The rain makes the roads slick, and, when combined with shorter daylight hours, the risk of fatal autumn car accidents in South Carolina rises. The combination of all of these factors is responsible for the increase in autumn car accidents in South Carolina.

Preventing Autumn Car Accidents

You can take several steps to reduce the likelihood that you or a loved one will be involved in an autumn car accident. The suggestions start with driver safety rules and extend through specific safety steps to observe in autumn.

The National Highway Safety Transportation Administration lists several safety precautions that one should apply throughout the year:

  • Always obey all traffic rules
  • Never drive intoxicated
  • Never drive when you are tired
  • Never operate your telephone while driving
  • Always wear a seatbelt
  • Always drive with two hands on the wheel

There are also specific safety measures you can employ to prevent autumn car accidents. It is a good idea to follow these suggestions as soon as summer turns to autumn.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) has specific recommendations for driving in the rain. The autumn rains make the roadways far slicker than usual. Standing water, which can be challenging to see, can cause vehicles to lose traction, hydroplane, and spin out of control. When it is raining, remember to turn on your headlamps. You should also reduce your speed to match the weather conditions. Also, if water is covering the roadway, do not attempt to cross it until you can determine its depth. Finally, it is a good idea to check the condition of your tires at the end of every season.

With the return of school, school buses will share the road with commuters in the morning. It is a good idea to put an alert in your calendar to remind you of the applicable laws pertaining to school buses. When driving near a school bus, remember to always come to a complete stop and remain stopped until the buses’ lights stop flashing or it retracts its “stop” signal. You always have to stop for a school bus on a two-lane road.

If you are driving during dusk, dawn, or a full moon, you are far more likely to encounter deer on the roadways. Many autumn car accidents involving deer occur when one automobile swerves to avoid the deer and strikes another vehicle. For this reason, it is crucially important to be aware of the presence of deer and always be mindful of the entire road so you can navigate your car to safety. It is also advisable to reduce your speed during the hours when it is more likely that you will come across a deer or another wild animal on the roadways.

Taking these simple steps can significantly reduce the number of autumn car accidents in South Carolina, including fatalities. We all share the road with school children, other drivers, and wildlife.

South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer

If you, or a loved one, suffered an injury in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, call Evans Moore, LLC to speak with an experienced South Carolina car accident attorney today. Our consultations are always free. Our lawyers will take the time to understand your case, answer all of your questions, and advise you of your options. Call our offices today at (843) 995-5000.


1 dead, 1 injured in Hwy 51 head-on collision in Florence Co.

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC – One person was killed, and another was injured in a head-on collision on Highway 51 in Florence County yesterday afternoon, according to WPDE.

The collision happened southeast of Florence on Hwy 51 near Carnell Drive at 1:40 p.m. on July 30, after the driver of a 2015 Toyota Rav4 went over the center line and into the lanes of oncoming traffic. The Toyota then crashed head-on with a 2017 Kia.

The driver of the Toyota, who was reportedly not wearing their seatbelt, died at the scene.

The other driver was hospitalized in undisclosed condition.

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in the Georgetown, SC area. They are not offered as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, our team of South Carolina car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation, online or by calling (843) 995-5000.


News: Colleton County flooding washes away part of highway

COLLETON COUNTY, SC – A portion of Henderson Highway collapsed during intense flooding on Wednesday morning, putting at least two people in danger.

According to Live5News, the flood water affected the 2300 block of Hendersonville Highway on July 28. Two people were attempting to turn around as to avoid the flooding. Their car got pulled into the water when the highway collapsed. Neither was injured.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates it will take weeks to repair the damage.

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in the Colleton County, SC area. They are not offered as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, our team of South Carolina car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation, online or by calling (843) 995-5000.


News: Car crash reconstruction closes part of Summerville Main Street

SUMMERVILLE, SC – Police closed a portion of North Main Street to recreate a car crash for the purpose of their investigation on Thursday morning.

According to Live5News, the original accident happened Sunday night, July 25. The Summerville police department’s traffic division closed North Main St. from the 700 block to Highway 78 to reconstruct the crash.

The street was closed from about 3:20 a.m. to 5 a.m., so it did not impact traffic.

The crash is still under investigation.

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in the Summerville, SC area. They are not offered as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, our team of South Carolina car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation, online or by calling (843) 995-5000.


News: Joint Base Charleston airman killed in vehicle crash

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SC – An airman assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing died in an accident on Friday morning, officials say.

According to Live5News, the airman’s identity has not yet been released. It is not clear where the accident happened or what caused it. Joint Base Charleston officials are expected to release more details later.

The July 30 crash remains under investigation.

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in the North Charleston, SC area. They are not offered as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, our team of South Carolina car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation, online or by calling (843) 995-5000.


News: One dead in motorcycle crash on I-26 near Ravenel Bridge

CHARLESTON, SC – One person is dead after a motorcycle accident on west I-26 near Ravenel Bridge on Friday morning.

According to Live5News, the crash happened around 9:30 a.m. on July 30 and did not involve any other vehicles. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

I-26 westbound was closed for about an hour while emergency crews cleared the scene.

Officials are still investigating.

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in the Charleston, SC area. They are not offered as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, our team of South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation, online or by calling (843) 995-5000.


News: 22-year-old, 23-year-old killed in head-on Lynchburg crash

LYNCHBURG, SC – Two people were killed in a head-on collision on the 11000 block of Lynches River Road in Sumter County on Wednesday.

According to News 19, the crash happened around 3 p.m. on July 28. Sumter County Coroner Robert Baker identified the victims as Cameron Alexis Ard, 22 and Mystique Nicole Krzeminski, 23.

Ard and Krzeminski struck another vehicle head-on and both died at the scene. The condition of the person or people in the other vehicle has not been released.

Officials are investigating this crash.

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in the Lynchburg, SC area. They are not offered as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, our team of South Carolina car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation, online or by calling (843) 995-5000.


News: Overturned semi-truck on I-26 injures at least one

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC – At least one person was injured after a semi-truck overturned on Interstate 26 near the Harleyville exit early Thursday morning.

According to Live5News, the eastbound lanes of I-26 were blocked by the tractor-trailer laying on its side. The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. July 29.

Police reported injuries in the crash but did not provide more details.

It is not clear what caused the truck to overturn.

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in the Dorchester County, SC area. They are not offered as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, our team of South Carolina car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation, online or by calling (843) 995-5000.


News: Multi-vehicle accident on I-26 causes traffic buildup

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 26 near the Ashley Phosphate exit blocked one lane of traffic on Thursday afternoon.

According to Live5News, the accident happened just after a different multi-vehicle accident had been cleared.

There were no injuries reported in this collision.

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in the North Charleston, SC area. They are not offered as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, our team of South Carolina car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation, online or by calling (843) 995-5000.


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