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Snellville Auto Accident Attorney Shane Smith Discusses How Global Positioning Satellite Data Is Allowable in Court

Victims of Georgia Truck Accident Victims Are Permitted to Obtain Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Data During Truck Accident Claims

Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) is a very powerful tool to help drivers find their way around town or cross-country. It can also help Coweta County truck accident victims determine how a truck driver operated his or her truck during the aftermath of a Snellville truck accident.

Current Georgia law, interpreted by the U.S. Federal Court in Gwinnett County, has ruled that data stored in truck GPS systems, must be stored for only six months. If you have suffered a Snellville truck accident, it is necessary to contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible after your accident. If a company knows that it might be involved in a Georgia truck accident, it will have no problem waiting six months exactly and then getting rid of potentially crucial evidence to your claim.

Why is GPS Important to My Gwinnett County Truck Accident Claim?

GPS information is very important to your truck accident claim because it has valuable information on it. Based on its features, it can keep a log of the following types of data:

  • Speed
  • Location – current and history
  • Time
  • A camera taking random, scheduled or constant pictures or videos of the operator

 How Does GPS Technology and It’s Data Help My Case?

The data in the truck driver’s GPS system will help your case because you will be able to:

  • See how fast the truck driver was going just before the impact
  • If a camera was recording the truck driver, you can tell if he or she was driving distracted. The driver may have taken a phone call on their cell phone or had a meal on the road, both of which take away the driver’s ability to focus on the road
  • See what time the Fulton County truck accident occurred.

Contacting the Law Offices of Shane Smith will increase your chances of being able to recover this data before the six months have elapsed before a trucker or trucking company can legally delete it. The only way to obtain these records is to have a truck accident attorney request them during a civil trial to have them analyzed by a traffic expert. Calling (888) 927-6955 to schedule a free consultation will enable you to see if your circumstances merit a case and how GPS records can help your case.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia