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.


News: 19-year-old killed in multi-vehicle crash on Ashley River Rd

CHARLESTON, SC – A 19-year-old was killed in a multi-vehicle collision involving a hit-and-run driver in the West Ashley area on Thursday night, according to Count on 2 News.

The collision happened on Ashley River Road, near Magwood Drive on July 22, when a Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV crashed head-on into an Infiniti Q50 sedan. The impact then caused the Trailblazer to strike a third vehicle.

The driver of the Trailblazer then fled the scene on foot.

A passenger in the Infiniti, 19-year-old Ryleigh O’Brien, was pronounced dead after the crash.

The driver of the Infiniti was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The third driver was not hurt in the collision.

Authorities continue to investigate the crash.

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: 1 person dead, 1 injured in motorcycle accident on Hwy 378

HOPKINS, SC – One person was killed, and another was injured in an accident involving a motorcycle on Highway 378 yesterday afternoon, according to WIS TV.

The crash occurred at about 2 p.m. on July 10 on U.S. 378, near Lower Richland Boulevard, after the driver of a truck reportedly failed to yield the right of way while making a left turn. The vehicle then crashed into a motorcycle.

The motorcyclist died after the crash.

A passenger was taken to the hospital to receive treatment.

The accident 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 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 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: One killed, three injured in two-vehicle collision

DILLON CO., SC – One person has been killed and three others have been injured after a two-vehicle collision near Dillon Sunday afternoon, reports WBTW.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident took place at the intersection of SC 34 and Harllees Bridge Road on July 4th. An eastbound Nissan collided with a 2021 Volkswagen Atlas after the Volkswagen failed to stop at the stop sign on Harllees Bridge Road.

An occupant of the Volkswagen who had not been wearing a seatbelt was ejected from the vehicle and unfortunately died at the scene. The coroner’s office has yet to identify the deceased.

The driver of the Nissan as well as two other passengers suffered injuries and were taken to McLeod Health for treatment. 

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in South Carolina. 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: Three injured in crash, man charged with felony DUI

CONWAY, SC – 29-year-old Timothy Tindall has been charged with three counts of felony DUI after a two-vehicle collision that injured three people, including a 10-month-old baby, Saturday evening.

WBTW reports that the accident occurred on Secondary 29 at Dew Lane around 5:00 PM on July 3rd. Tindall was driving a 2008 pickup truck while under the influence of alcohol when he collided with a 2007 Chrysler.

The occupants of the Chrysler, a family of three, were all badly injured. The father, Brett McPherson has several broken bones and remains in a coma. McPherson’s fiance, who has not been identified, suffered a broken back and a broken hip, but is in stable condition. Their 10-month-old baby sustained a severe head injury and remains at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Tindall faces three counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury. He has been released on bail for $75,000.

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in South Carolina. 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: Four seriously injured in crash resulting from car chase

FORT MILL, SC – At least four people have been injured in a two-vehicle accident that resulted from a car chase Wednesday morning, according to WSOC-TV.

The Fort Mill Police Department reports that the accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 160 and Highway 21 bypass just before 5:00 AM on June 30th. 28-year-old Patrick McManus had been driving a black GMC with two occupants inside when the police attempted to pull him over and he fled. McManus was driving 70 to 90 miles per hour when he sped through a red light and struck a Honda CRV that had the right of way. The CRV overturned multiple times as a result.

McManus, the driver of the CRV, and the two occupants in the black GMC were all injured and taken to the hospital. The identity and condition of the driver of the CRV is unknown.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department states that McManus and his two companions were wanted for robbery. 

McManus is being charged with felony flee to elude and firearm possession by a felon.

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in South Carolina. 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: Man charged in hit-and-run accident that injured four people

ANDERSON, SC – Tyler Drake Saxon faces multiple charges after fleeing the scene of a head-on collision that injured four people, including two children, Tuesday evening, according to WYFF.

The accident reportedly took place at the intersection of East North Avenue and North Main Street around 6:45 PM on June 29th. Following the crash, Saxon immediately fled the scene and later called authorities to state that he was not involved in the accident. He was then taken in for questioning and later charged.

A 19-year-old woman and her 3-year-old child as well as another woman and her 9-year-old child all suffered injuries. The 3-year-old was most severely injured and is currently in critical condition at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Saxon faces seven charges including: leaving the scene of an accident with great bodily injury, habitual traffic offender, driving under suspension, possession of a stolen vehicle greater than $10,000, having a stolen license plate, operating an uninsured vehicle, and reckless driving. 

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in South Carolina. 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: Motorcyclist killed, man charged with felony DUI

LAURENS CO., SC – 56-year-old Robert Curry Richardson has been charged with felony DUI after a two-vehicle accident left a motorcyclist dead Friday afternoon, reports WSPA

According to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office, the fatal crash took place on US 76 near Randall Drive at approximately 2:11 PM on June 25th. Richardson was driving a 2014 Kia Sedan and attempted to enter the highway from a private drive, directly entering the pathway of an oncoming 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The motorcycle collided with the sedan, and Richardson then fled the scene.

The motorcyclist sadly succumbed to his injuries in the hospital later that day. The Laurens County Coroner’s Office has identified them as 20-year-old Nathaniel Hunter Spies, a Clifton Fire Department firefighter.

Richardson has been charged with felony DUI involving death and leaving the scene of a collision involving death. He is currently being held at the Laurens County Detention Center.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Evans Moore, LLC provides these blog posts as a way of helping our neighbors and prospective clients stay informed about accidents in South Carolina. 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: Pedestrian severely injured in hit-and-run crash in Greenwood Co.

WARE SHOALS, SC (GREENWOOD COUNTY) – A pedestrian was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident in Greenwood County late last night, according to WIS TV.

The crash occurred west of Ware Shoals on W Main Street, near Jones Court, at about 11:50 p.m. on June 19, when the driver of a blue or gray 2011-2015 Kia Optima collided with a pedestrian, then fled the scene.

The pedestrian sustained severe injuries in the accident.

Authorities are asking the public for help in identifying the vehicle, which may have sustained damage to its front bumper and fender during the accident. Those with any information on the crash are asked to contact the South Carolina Highway Patrol at *HP (*47) or 864-587-4700.

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.


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