Accident reconstruction was once limited to an experienced professional taking pictures of the scene and the vehicles involved. From there, the reconstructionist would reach out to those involved in the collision and any witnesses to secure first-hand accounts.
Fast forward to today: technology has advanced in all aspects of life. When it comes to identifying the cause of car and truck collisions, and the role negligence may have played, innovation has grown to a level of sophistication and accuracy in determining the cause of accidents.
Telling the entire story of a trucking accident
The dawning of a new century saw the development of Electronic Computer Modules (ECMs) on commercial trucks that store multiple types of data, including:
- Throttle and braking
- Airbag deployment
The use of safety sensors has helped to prevent collisions and provide necessary data when crashes occur. Acts of a truck driver tailgating will cause the radar to slow the vehicle to a speed consistent with the upcoming traffic or an immediate stop if serious congestion is near. Trailer swaying, lane departures, and tire pressure are also closely monitored and documented.
When severe driving-related problems occur, data is sent to the dispatcher. If a driver’s actions result in an accident, recording of the data will start automatically to help determine the cause of a collision.
Dashcams and other types of video surveillance devices provide a more intimate, birds-eye view of the cab that helps to tell a complete story in accident reconstruction. In many cases, the camera actually documents the moment of impact, an essential piece of evidence when accidents result from lane changes.
What was once a lengthy and costly process is now a fraction of those expenses. Additionally, the technology brings efficiency and accuracy in determining the negligent party that caused the crash.
If you or loved one has suffered injuries in a collision with a large commercial truck, be sure to speak with a personal injury attorney who understands the technology involved in these cases.