How Does Technology Relate to Truck Accident Causation Evidence?
Today, many trucks have on-board computers that provide information about hours driven, routes taken, cargo weight, maintenance checks, driving speeds, braking and other significant information. For years, the law required truck drivers and companies to keep logs about truck operation, but technological advances make some of this information automatic today. Such advances allow truck accident attorneys in Milwaukee much greater access to information for analyzing truck accidents and holding responsible parties accountable.
In addition to recorded information, some trucks also have vehicle disabling systems, either operated remotely by trucking companies or through direct access to authorized users, such as truck drivers. When using a remote system, a dispatcher can downshift and make the vehicle gradually decelerate or even bleed air from the brakes and stop the vehicle. The system can also prevent the vehicle from re-starting. These systems are useful during an emergency. For example, a driver experiencing a heart attack can press a panic button on the truck dashboard, alerting the authorized personnel to take control of stopping the truck. In a potential theft situation, the system can prevent someone without the proper login information from starting the vehicle and driving away with it. This is particularly crucial when a truck transports hazardous materials.
Fleet management can require maintenance before operation or enforce hours of service compliance, which has the purpose of ensuring truck drivers do not drive while fatigued. From a legal standpoint, Milwaukee truck accident attorneys may be able to prove trucking company liability when a dispatcher with this remote capability fails to slow or stop a truck remotely to prevent an accident. At Scherr & Scherr, LLP, we have extensive knowledge about trucking accident cases and have established a reputation for aggressive and effective representation.