You may not be aware that your vehicle’s safety systems can include information about what happened during an accident. Just like the “black box” flight recorder on an airplane, the electronic systems that control your airbags and engine performance can provide valuable information to investigators after you’ve been in an accident.
The systems that are designed to save your life in a serious crash are designed to do so only once. The chips and circuits that play a vital role have limited capacities and short memories; after an accident, the chances of retrieving good information go down as the amount of time since the accident goes up. This makes retrieving the information that can make or break your case a race against time.
Why crash data is so important
Almost 10 years ago, Litigation News examined the importance of crash data. They reported, “The crash data retrieval system on many passenger vehicles provides highly accurate information about a vehicle’s activity for each of approximately five seconds before a crash and information about the crash itself. The data recording systems vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but the information retrievable includes speed, engine rpm, percentage of throttle and when the brakes were activated.” This vital information can protect your family in court.
However, getting your car inspected is only half the battle; making sure you’re using an appropriate service with the most current technologies is just as important. Remember, we’re talking about information that can represent the difference between excellent medical care and personal bankruptcy. The best way to find an expert is to ask an expert.
Ask the experts
At McGowan, Hood & Felder LLC, we have the experience and the drive to take on big insurance companies so you don’t have to settle for little payouts. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys can help you get your vehicle inspected by qualified professionals and evaluate your case to help get you the compensation you deserve.
With so many things to worry about after an accident, hiring the right lawyer doesn’t have to be one of them. Our auto accident attorneys proudly serve clients throughout South Carolina from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown. Call 803-327-7800 or contact us today for a free consultation.
Randy is the former President of the South Carolina Association for Justice. He has been certified by the American Board of Professional Liability as a specialist in Medical Malpractice Law which is recognized by the South Carolina Bar. Randy has also been awarded the distinction of being a “Super Lawyer” 10 times in the last decade. He has over 25 years of experience helping injured people fight back against corporations, hospitals and wrong-doers.
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