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The Black Box - What is it Telling Us?

Content Partner:  Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
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A “Black box” is a colloquial term for an Event Data Recorder (EDR) or a piece of electronic equipment that captures and stores vehicle and/or driver data about an event. Unlike the well known recorders on airplanes that are immediately examined after a crash, most electrical components that record information in motor vehicles do so incidental to their principal function. Examples are the ABS Control Module, Air Bag Control Module, Powertrain Control Module, and Engine Control Module.

NHTSA estimates that 65 percent of passenger vehicles being built right now have some type of EDR on them. Most heavy truck engines also have very sophisticated EDRs associated with their Engine Control Units. In addition, a substantial number of aftermarket devices and fleet management programs now store blackbox data useful in facilitating accident reconstruction.

This webcast will help you identify the vehicles that contain black box data, what that data may show, how and when it can be harvested, and its value to your case. While the focus of the webinar will be on commercial heavy truck black boxes, there will also be a valuable information presented about automobile data.

Pursuant to APITLAmerica policy, all insurance defense attorneys and any attorneys who represent any trucking company in any capacity whatsoever are PROHIBITED from registering for and viewing/listening to APITLAmerica continuing legal education (CLE) programs on West LegalEdcenter.  By registering for this APITLAmerica CLE on West LegalEdcenter, the registrant certifies that that they do not represent any insurance company in any capacity nor any trucking company in any capacity, and that they will not redistribute any of the information contained in this APITLAmerica CLE on West LegalEdcenter to anyone who is not an APITLAmerica member.  Registration information for this APITLAmerica CLE on West LegalEdcenter will be provided to APITLAmerica for APITLAmerica's enforcement of adherence to this policy.

For over 15 years, Robert Pickering has received the highest legal ability peer review rating of "Preeminent" awarded to lawyers by the leading law directory of the United States. He is listed in the 2009 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers-Personal Injury Lawyers. Truck crashes, personal injury, and wrongful death trial work is Mr. Pickering's specialty.
Mr. Pickering has represented clients and their loved ones in cases against most of the national and regional truck companies, such as FedEx Ground, C.R. England, Central Refrigerated Services, UPS [United Parcel Service], Miller Truck Lines, Covenant Transport, Werner Enterprises, Yellow Freight, Overnight Transportation, Watkins Motor Freight, M.S. Carriers, Waste Management and Legacy Trucking, as well as smaller commercial motor carriers. He has significant experience in understanding and using the raw data from the "black boxes" found on commercial tractor trailers to prove negligence on the part of trucking companies and their drivers.

Mr. Pickering is licensed to practice law in the federal and state courts of Colorado (1988), Wyoming (1978) and California (1977). He is a former member of the Board of Directors, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and a past Co-Chair of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Amicus Committee. Mr. Pickering is also a member of the American Association for Justice and the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association. He is a former judicial law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court of the District of Wyoming and to a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Pickering has taught other lawyers at seminars in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Pickering is a Wyoming native and a partner in the firm of Jouard & Pickering, P.C. in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Practice Areas: Aviation & Transportation Law, Discovery & E-Discovery, Personal Injury & Negligence, Trial Skills
Online Media Type: Podcast
Production Date: 12/15/2009
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 0 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Training Type: Self-Study

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Dan Ramsdell - Founder and National Director, APITLA
Robert G. Pickering - The Pickering Law Firm; Fort Collins, CO
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