Originally Posted by Raider47
This topic comes up a lot on RV forums so I asked someone I know who used to investigate accidents as an LE officer. He said that it if it was found to be a contributing factor in the accident, it could find you at fault in the accident. With modern vehicles they can figure out from the software a lot of evidence like when you applied the brakes and how long it took to stop ect. However, it's not much different than if you are speeding and cause an accident as a result. How egregious your violation and how much damage you cause are a consideration. He told me of a specific example where a semi pulled out in front of an overloaded 5th wheel and the 5th wheel drivers stopping distance was increased so he was found at fault where as the semi driver would have been at fault otherwise.
Not derail the original post.. and the points mentoned... dont be stupid, stupid.. follow the industry, design and standards... sticker, manuals,tags are placed in hauler, trailers, MH,, check them out, follow..
Back to if it happens.. Insurance companies with do what they have to, to defer any cost or liability.. If it is just property loss, they weight the cost/loss/recovery and pay, not bid deal..
When there is bodily injury or death... it is another level... game on ..
Being in the repair/towing bix since the late 70's.. I get to see alot..
Every few years I get an inspector come by, ask for permission to a specific vehicle. sometimes with court papers, or law enforcement, or just on there honor/request. These have been from the factory or as a advocate. GM, Ford and Toyota recently..
They say little as they pull vehicle data, photos etc.. one accident the guy mentioned he was there on behalf of GM at a general request by both parties. It was a Thanksgiving morning. He called prior afternoon as delayed from a storm.. I live 2 blocks away, no biggie,,
Anyway.. He mentioned some cool stuff.. He had the state police reconstruction data. That estimated both vehicles traveling at 50-60 mph,
He mentioned data pulled in GM had 56mph when air bag sensor tripped, no brakes applied, The Ford was 53mph , no brakes applied, no steering deflection.. .
GM driver died ,, Ford driver, broken legs, shattered knee and ribs.
I spoke with ford driver weeks later, she said she saw the incoming car reach to change radio, dropped tissue and felt car go left, then she said people where helping and the pain.. The GM driver from recon team and cell records she was dialing phone for a pizza, was leaning to the right in the car,, determined from her injuries etc..
seems both accidently crossed yellow lines and hit dead on mid center mass each vehicle.
I was on scene and it sucked, girl was 18, ford driver was school teacher on way home. knew the girl....
POINT is with new vehicles now,, so much data is recorded, the data is proprietary to manufacturer but can be recalled to courts..
SO FOLLOW the rules...