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How Can Event Data Recorders (EDRs) Improve Your Case?

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Using the information held in an Event Data Recorder (EDR) in a legal matter can improve the strength of your case. EDRs can be used in both criminal and civil cases. If you are the injured party in a traffic accident or you believe you have been wrongly charged with a driving offense, you may be able to strengthen your case with the correct interpretation of the data. Let us begin by explaining what an EDR is.

What is an Event Data Recorder?


An EDR is a device installed in automobiles which acts as a sort of "black box" as used in aircraft. According to The National Academies Press: Sciences Engineering Medicine, it records the operation and status of a vehicle in the seconds before an accident. Both the police and a private party (your attorney acting on your instruction) may obtain data held in the EDR as part of the "discovery" phase of a legal case.

EDRs were first installed in vehicles by General Motors back in 1990, so they are an established engineering product. In addition, American courts have accepted that they carry relevant information that may be explained by a suitable expert to help a jury understand what the vehicle was doing at the time. The objective data in the EDR may contradict what an eyewitness or other observer believes they saw.

How Can an EDR Improve Your Case?


Court cases are heard by a judge and, when appropriate, by a jury. They listen to evidence, for example, based on information "discovered," from witnesses, and the opinion of experts. Objective evidence carries weight because it is not affected by a person's memory or what someone perceives happened. EDR data can improve a case because:

  • It is collected electronically, so is objective.
  • The Federal Rules of Evidence rule (FRE 1001) state that data may be held electronically, so it can be used to support a case.
  • Courts have established that EDR data may be "relevant and usable" in a case.
  • EDR data has passed third-party tests for accuracy, and results have been accepted by appropriately qualified experts.

The Takeaway


Cases are decided by evidence being heard and believed. EDR data is gathered objectively, has been proven to be reliable, and does not fade with time in the way a witness's memory may fade. Each EDR device's accuracy can be explained by an expert witness. Taking these into account strongly suggests that an EDR can improve a case. If you have been involved in an automobile accident, or if you believe you have been wrongly charged with a traffic offense and would like expert representation, please click this link to contact us, so we can arrange a free, initial consultation.


Picking the Right Law School

Topic: tips, law school

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The judiciary field is expanding and with that comes the increase in the number of schools specializing in teaching Law. When considering which school to choose, there are a lot of factors that must be taken into consideration. Sometimes it's hard to even understand what you need in a law school. Continue reading this article to find out more information about what to consider when choosing the right school of law for you.


Talking to an Insurance Adjuster Without Your Counsel Present

Injured man talking to insurance company without his counsel present

After an accident that involves personal injury and property damage, the other party's insurance adjuster or agent will probably contact you directly. This may be before you have had a chance to speak with an attorney. There are some simple principles to understand and a few standards to work to when talking with an insurance adjuster or agent.


Nursing Home Malpractice: Fighting For The Elderly

Elderly woman in a nursing home with a male doctor. Medical malpractice conceptThoroughly vetting the quality of nursing homes before you entrust any of them with the care of an aging loved one is imperative. The upkeep of nursing homes' facilities and supplies can be a matter of life and death. However, it's not just the things that the nursing home has in stock or as utilities that play a vital role in ensuring a safe and hospitable environment. The professional and caring conduct of the staff, or the lack thereof, can and should be a massively influential factor in the decision process.


Avoiding Cash Flow Problems with a Good Credit Line

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Cash is king. With the current economic times, it is almost impossible to keep the business running with bad cash flow. In fact, it is one of the biggest reasons why one out of every four businesses fail to make it beyond their first year. Fortunately, there are proven measures that you can put in place to keep cash moving into and outside the business with ease. One of the most effective is by maintaining a good credit line.


Can You Sue your Surgeon when Lasik Surgery Goes Wrong?


Lasik surgery is often advertised as a solution to vision problems. The idea of getting rid of glasses or contact lenses for good is appealing to many. However, like any other procedure, Lasik surgery can go wrong, sometimes badly wrong.


Client Satisfaction: Opening a Line of Communication

lawyer communication It would be difficult to understate the importance of communication, and how seriously a law practice should take it. If a client is taken on and doesn't hear anything for an extended period of time, they'll start to wonder what's going on. That kind of curiosity is human nature. Letting your client know that things are progressing, that tasks are being checked off, that the job is getting done is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep that client satisfied. 


Credit Line: Long Cases That Delay Payment

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Many law firms require a credit line linked more to their legal work than to simply being in business. Almost every commercial venture borrows money either as a set loan amount or as a line of credit to be drawn on as needed.


Does Advertising for Lawyers Still Work?

Topic: advertising

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The short answer is, "Yes, advertising for lawyers does work when done correctly." That is the secret to successful advertising. There are some critical factors which underpin the word "correctly." Let us explain them in simple terms. There is an old adage in sales and marketing that applies in this context; If you always focus on what is working, you will squeeze out what isn't.


Have you or a loved one been injured at a pool this summer?


New York is once again in the midst of a hot summer. If you have kids, the whole family will probably be spending time at a pool over the next couple months. Unfortunately, these visits to public pools can sometimes end with a visit to the hospital.

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