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Black Boxes in SUVs Could Yield Clues About Cause of Wreck

What used to take weeks can now be determined in no time, thanks to black boxes that are common in most newer model cars. Event data recorders, or EDRs, record important information in vehicles, which may help identify the cause of a collision much faster than traditional investigative methods.

While this technology has been used in airplanes since the 1950s, it has only recently become a common feature in passenger vehicles. Learn more about how this data can help identify the cause of accidents, including for the Tiger Woods’ car accident.

What Black Box Data in Tiger Woods’ Car Accident Could Prove

Recently, EDRs came to the attention of the media and the public when Tiger Woods drove his 2021 Hyundai Genesis GV80 off a Los Angeles County road that is known for crashes. The data that was likely stored in the vehicle’s black box may be able to help determine the speed that he was driving prior to the accident. In addition, it may also indicate other information, such as the steering angle and whether automatic emergency braking was applied. His accident is still under investigation.

U.S. Black Box Regulations

Generally, black boxes are not required by federal regulations. However, if they are installed, they must record 15 data points. This includes speed before the accident, brake application, and the accelerator position.

Newer models of black boxes record additional information, including:

  • The force of a collision
  • The speed at which a vehicle rolled over
  • Whether antilock brakes or stability control were operating

Is There a Black Box in My Car?

If your car was manufactured in 2000 or later, it most likely will have a black box. The first EDR was introduced in 1994 by General Motors. By 2005, 64 percent of all cars had the boxes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Recent data generated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that all new vehicles have some form of EDR installed.

How Ketterman Rowland & Westlund Can Help You

If you have been injured in a traffic accident where one or more of the vehicles involved has a black box, Ketterman Rowland & Westlund’s car accident lawyers are ready to help. We can utilize the black box data to determine the cause of the crash and which party is liable. If you were hurt in a crash due to someone else’s negligence, let us help you get the fair compensation you’re owed.

Call us or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll be ready to discuss your rights and legal options. For life’s toughest trials, trust your case to our experienced trial attorneys.