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The Role of GPS Navigation Systems in Commercial Trucking



We are a nation of people who have become hooked on GPS navigation. Even commercial trucking has embraced the technology, using it to map routes between destinations while also tracking the locations of trucks, trailers and cargo. Not surprisingly, the technology can also be used as evidence when a truck accident occurs.

GPS & Personal Injury Lawsuits

If you've been injured in a trucking accident where the other driver was at fault, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, the cost of replacing or repairing your car, and other accident-related expenses.

After your personal injury lawyer files a lawsuit against the truck driver or trucking company, the lawsuit will enter a pre-trial phase known as discovery.

During discovery, both sides will interview those involved in the crash, including drivers, passengers and witnesses. Lawyers are also required to share evidence with one another. In all likelihood, your truck accident attorney will ask the other side to download and share any information from the truck or trailer's GPS system.

Your lawyer will then review this evidence and look for information related to the truck's direction, location and speed at the time of the accident. Your attorney may also use GPS data to determine how long the driver had been on the road, which could indicate whether driver fatigue contributed to the accident. If the GPS unit contains useful data, your attorney may use it at trial or in an effort to negotiate a settlement with the truck driver or trucking company.

GPS devices only save data for a limited period of time. Because it can get erased or overwritten, it's important to hire a truck accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Your lawyer can help ensure that this critical data is saved and available for use during the trial.

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