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You Probably Have a Black Box in Your Car

If you bought or leased a new car within the last 8 years, you may be surprised to hear that you have a "black box" or "Event Data Recorder" in your car which records certain information immediately before and/or during a car accident. The information recorded can be downloaded by your dealership or anyone using the Bosch Crash Data Retrieval kit.

The data recorded from an Event Data Recorder can help figure out who was at fault for causing an accident. The information recorded at the time of the accident, includes: the speed your car was traveling; how fast your car slowed down; how far the accelerator pedal was pressed; whether the brake was applied; the number of crash events; and, whether you were wearing your seat belt. The black box automatically saves up to 5 seconds of data immediately before, during and after an accident.

Today the vast majority of cars sold in the United States have black boxes. As of 2013 the National Highway Safety Administration established a rule requiring car manufacturers who make the black boxes to record 15 data elements in specific formats. Just remember that these black boxes and the information recorded on them belongs to the owner of the vehicle, based on a federal law enacted in 2015. If you are ever in a serious accident in which someone was injured, you should consult with your attorney the cost and benefit of downloading the data from your car's black box. It is expensive and may cost as much as $2000.00 or more. The benefit could be to prove you were driving within the speed limit and did indeed apply your brakes at the correct moment.

Ronald C. Burke, Esq

Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the New York State. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ron is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts of 2011" and "Top New York Settlements of 2012." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He is a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!

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