Your Car Might Testify Against You

by Staff | November 11th, 2011

Roughly 85% all cars are now equipped with a “black box” known as an event data recorder capable of recording a multitude of driving actions, including your steering pattern, pre-impact speed, brake application and seatbelt use.  It can be used as evidence against you in a criminal and civil case.  In a criminal or civil case, e-evidence, as the data downloaded from the data recorder is known, someday will be viewed like DNA – almost unshakable.  And while Courts across America struggle with the evidentiary value or meaning of the data, one thing is certain:  your car can now record your driving pattern.

Authored by Attorny Ellen M. McCarthy