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Truck Crash: Post-Crash Document Preservation

TASA ID: 3086

As a snapshot of document preservation, the following is intended to provide a quick reference for attorneys. Each Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) crash and the circumstances involving the crash vary, often substantially; therefore, each case needs to be independently investigated and thoroughly understood. In addition, Motor Carriers applicability varies somewhat as well such as, but not limited to, a 100 air-mile radius, Intrastate v. Interstate, HM on board, etc. 

Event Data Recorders (EDR) and the importance of evaluating the data with the available physical evidence

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This EDR data, as I tell jurors, is only as good as the paper it is printed on. The EDR data cannot tell how a collision took place of if the speed recorded by the EDR was the actual speed of the vehicle. Was the vehicle sliding on ice or was it rolling over? The collision reconstructionist must be critical of the EDR Data...

CAFE Rules, Lightweight Vehicles & Questions of Safety

TASA ID: 3190

Recently adopted fuel efficiency rules in the USA require that passenger vehicles must achieve an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. This “average” is further detailed into different goals for different sizes and class of vehicles and does not mean that all automobiles have to achieve the average 54.5 mpg. However, it still represents a big jump from today’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) numbers, especially because the phased march towards this goal must begin with the 2017 vehicles.
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