Proving negligence when the cause of a crash is unclear

On Behalf of | May 8, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Nearly all motor vehicle accident victims know whether they caused or contributed to a crash. Unfortunately, knowing you were not at fault is not the same as proof. When a crash causes only minor scrapes, proving the other motorist was negligent may or may not seem like a big deal. However, for those suffering serious/catastrophic injuries from accidents, proving negligence is critically important.

We now live in an age of advanced technology, much of which can help prove negligence in motor vehicle accidents. Many automobiles are computerized, leaving a digital trail of events leading up to a crash, which is helpful to victims of serious/catastrophic injuries from accidents. Finding proof through digital technology ensures that victims can acquire the financial compensation they deserve.

In our Sterling Heights, Michigan, law firm, we understand the value of digital evidence and extensively use such evidence to prove negligence. One of the best forms of electronic proof comes from event data recorders (aka black boxes) commonly installed in newer automobiles. Some of the events these devices record include:

  • Pre-accident vehicle dynamics
  • Driver inputs or actions
  • Status of vehicle systems
  • Automobile crash signatures

In several states, neither you nor we can access these event data recorders without expressed permission due to privacy laws. However, the state of Michigan has no such law. This means that it may be possible for you or your attorney to access the data for review.

When the cause of an accident is otherwise difficult to uncover, the information an event data recorder contains may help you prove the other driver acted negligently. In turn, such evidence can strengthen your claim and provide you with the compensation you need to move on with your life.

We welcome your presence on our website and invite you to continue exploring to learn more about your options when a crash leaves you injured.