After a car accident in Rhode Island, you must prove the other driver’s negligence in order to obtain compensation. An important piece of equipment that help you obtain evidence is the car’s black box, which is also referred to as an event data recorder (EDR). While many people associate black boxes with airplanes, they are installed in most motor vehicles, even in some older ones. If you were injured in a car accident in Rhode Island, evidence from this box can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering following a car accident. Black boxes in automobiles | RI Car Accident Lawyer

An EDR Records Helpful Information

A car’s black box records data about the vehicle’s functioning abilities in the moments before and during a collision. The specific information that is stored will vary depending on the manufacturer of the motor vehicle. Most EDRs record data on a continuous loop but will store the information for a period of time following a crash. Some of the helpful information that an EDR can provide includes:

  • Speed of the vehicle and any changes in speed before the accident
  • Speed of the auto at the time of impact
  • Pedal use, including time spent accelerating or applying the brake
  • Seatbelt use
  • Airbag deployment
  • Number of collisions and the time between them, which can be useful in a multi-vehicle crash

Obtaining a Lawyer to Preserve Black Box Data

One reason it is important to retain an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible after a car accident is to preserve the data in the negligent driver’s black box before it is recorded over or the EDR is replaced or lost when the vehicle is repaired. Our skilled lawyers understand the importance of preserving black box and other evidence that can help to win your case before it is lost or destroyed. 


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.