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Using car accident data in your Illinois personal injury case

Proving which party is responsible for causing a crash is often the central focus of many personal injury lawsuits involving car accidents. One of the basic elements of establishing negligence in any car accident case is to show that the responsible party failed to exercise reasonable care in the operation of their vehicle prior to the collision.

Of course, both sides will use a variety of methods to ascertain liability and then attempt to use that information to bolster their arguments. Skid mark measurements, eyewitness reports, bruising from seatbelts or even traffic safety camera footage are all examples of potential evidence.

In a previous article on our website we briefly touched on the emergence of digital data recording devices or "black boxes" during car accident lawsuits. In many cars these small devices are connected to the vehicles' airbags. According to one expert, the data taken from those black boxes can often provide information regarding vehicle speed, breaking and other critical information just prior to the crash. Investigators may even be able to determine whether a car was accelerating or breaking at the point of impact.

As you might imagine, this black box information holds the potential to be decisive evidence in almost any modern courtroom. Our Chicago-based law firm has provided Illinois clients with experienced representation for over 60 years. During that time we have amassed a substantial record of verdicts and settlements. In fact, one of our most successful car accident lawsuits resulted in $6,750,000 outcome for our clients.

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