Crash data recorders, or ‘black boxes’ are being considered for new vehicles by the EU in order to further improve road safety. Many company fleets already have these boxes installed to improve safety records and to monitor driver behaviour. Many employees often drive more carefully as a result and show vigilance when out on the road. The technology works by recording data just before, during and after a road accident or crash but the European Commission still needs to determine which data should be recorded, who should be able to see it and who will own the data.
A report will be sent to the EC by the Transport Research Consultancy by August 2014. As drivers are aware that these systems are fitted, they demonstrate safer driving and more compassion for other road users. Many company fleets with these black boxes installed already demonstrate a high safety record and save on the costs of repairs and insurance as a result.
Prevention of accidents and reducing the risk of injury
Crash data recorders work by gathering data during a road crash but they can also prevent crashes if drivers are aware there is a black box in their vehicle. This means that drivers who have this technology fitted may be more aware of their surroundings and may be more vigilant on the road to avoid a crash altogether. This, coupled with simple road safety techniques, could reduce the amount of accidents and injuries on the road and could protect vulnerable road users from fatalities. There are many older vehicles which do not have this technology meaning that drivers must educate themselves on road safety to reduce the chances of an accident. However, not everyone is careful on the road so an accident still has the potential to occur. If you have been involved in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you can make a claim for compensation.
Making your road traffic accident claim
If you have been injured in a road accident and are a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist, passenger or driver, you are entitled to claim for compensation if the accident was someone else’s fault. Where there is evidence that someone else was driving carelessly or was under the influence, you may be able to win a cash payout with the assistance of Accident Advice Helpline. Call us free on our 24-hour line – 0800 689 0500 – to obtain no-obligation advice regarding your claim. Our no win, no fee* policy ensures that you can only benefit from making a compensation claim with our help.
Source: Fleet News
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown