When a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer has access to a truck’s onboard computer information, it can sometimes help win a case. Recovering compensation in any accident requires showing that the other party was at fault. Establishing truck driver fault means proving the existence of underlying negligence, such as speeding or driving while fatigued.
Today’s technology has revolutionized many aspects of our life, including the trucking industry. The onboard computers used on today’s trucks do everything from recording truck speeds, number of hours idle and keeping travel logs, to acting as text messaging devices between the drivers and dispatchers. When investigating an accident case, the onboard computer information may provide critical evidence that shows a truck driver was negligent. For example, the truck idle time relates to hours of service rules, which are rules that limit the amount of driving for truck drivers. Long hauls without rest can lead to fatigue, which results in driver errors. In addition, there is another factor connected with onboard computers. According to a New York Times article, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute discovered that the distraction caused by truck drivers using onboard computers created 10 times the risk of either causing an accident, nearly causing an accident or lane drifting.
When investigating an accident, a Las Vegas accident attorney can thoroughly scrutinize onboard computer information and whether the device was a distraction during an accident by the time noted on texts sent, or other communications.
If you suffer serious injury in a truck accident, Huggins & Maxwell uses decades of legal experience to your advantage when handling your case.