New law to help prove loss claims involving Airbags, Seatbelts; Rollover; and Auto Accident cases

Posted on 12. Jun, 2012 by in Blog

Effective September 1, 2012 all vehicles manufactured or sold in the United States must be equipped with what is commonly known as a black box. See 49 CFR Part 563. The black box records key data during an accident. The black boxes are actually known as Event Data Recorders (EDR’s). EDR’s can be crucial in auto accidents, seat belt cases, airbag deployment and other single or multi car accidents.

EDR’s will record: vehicle speed from the beginning of an event until the end, which allows for change in velocity computations; Crash severity; Seat Belt status and function during the accident; Throttle position of the vehicle; Airbag data, and other valuable information including impact angles.

This should by hailed by all sides as a breakthrough law as it will speed up claims, weed out fraud, help verify legitimate claims, and allow lawyers representing injured clients better prepare and present claims.

Many vehicles already have EDR’s. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram have had EDR’s since 2005; Many GM cars have had EDR’s since 1994; and Fiat made the conversion this year. If you are involved in an accident whether it be one vehicle or multiple and you or a loved one has suffered serious injury do not hesitate. You should obtain counsel qualified to get the EDR information and capable of having it interpreted so as to protect your Personal Injury or Product claim.

Please call us if you have been injured. Remember, IF YOU DON’T CALL WE CAN’T HELP.

RICK WOODS ATTORNEY. (800) 664-3001.

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