It’s no secret that tractor-trailer can cause serious damage to property and people who get in their way. In fact, there were 11,301 semi-truck accidents in Illinois in 2016. There were 106 fatalities. Property damage occurred in 9,336 crashes. Law enforcement and people involved in the accidents want to know what caused the accident. Examining ELDs and black boxes in tractor-trailer accidents may provide the answers they need.
What are ELDs and black boxes?
Truckers are required by law to keep logs of the hours they work. In the past, truck drivers kept paper logs that were occasionally inspected by the Department of Transportation. As of December 16, 2019, paper log books will no longer be used. Instead, truckers will use electronic logging devices (ELDs).
A tractor-trailer ‘black box’ is similar to the black box that provides information after an airplane crash. Its official name is ‘Electronic Control Module” (ECM).
What information can we learn from ELDs and black boxes?
It is expected that ELDs will provide a more accurate picture of the number of hours a truck driver worked and rested. An ECM typically gathers information about the truck’s operation over a certain time period. For example, an ECM may record the average speed, time driven, and idling time for a 30 day period.
It’s important to note that an ECM may start recording over data after 30 days. If you’ve been involved in semi-truck crash, it’s important to quickly examine the ELD and ECM.
The information provided by ELDs and ECMs can make a significant difference when determining who was at fault in a tractor-trailer accident.
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