Law Firm Asks, Can A Black Box Reduce The Number Of Work-Related Accidents On Our Roads?

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As ROSPA announce plans to install 'black boxes' in work vehicles, the UK's Accident Advice Helpline questions whether this will really make a difference to safety on the road.

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Between a quarter and a third of all road crashes in the UK are estimated to involve a person and/or a vehicle at work

Black boxes are not just used in aeroplanes these days. Business owners are realising the potential of these event data recorders (EDRs) in helping to cut down the number of work-related accidents on the roads. Driving for work can now be recorded, and the data used not only to keep a check on speed and driving style, but to protect safe drivers in the event of an accident with no witnesses.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has introduced a new accolade for firms who use technology to reduce the number of work-related accidents on the road. The ‘Technology in Morr Trophy’ (Managing Occupational Road Risk) will be presented to the firm deemed to have made the best use of technology, at RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2013. One piece of technology that is becoming widely used is the Car Black Box.

RoSPA state on their website that,

‘Between a quarter and a third of all road crashes in the UK are estimated to involve a person and/or a vehicle at work at the time, which equates to around 150 people killed or seriously injured in work crashes every week’.

In business terms, installing a black box in company vehicles allows bosses to keep an eye on the quality of driving as all ‘data events’ such as driving too fast, swerving or braking hard, are recorded. A spokesperson from leading UK compensation provider the Accident Advice Helpline, whose patron is consumer rights champion Esther Rantzen, commented,

“Black boxes not only help the police and insurance companies decide where blame lies for an accident, but also corroborate a driver’s version of events, which is invaluable if there were no other witnesses.”

Data collected by the boxes can also reveal any technical malfunction in the car just before an accident. Although some people have concerns about privacy issues, it is clear that installing a black box also has many benefits.

The Accident Advice Helpline offers expert legal advice to anyone thinking of making a non fault accident claim. In addition to work accident compensation claims the company deals with a wide variety of accident injury claims. The helpline number for all non fault accident claim enquiries is 0800 6897 221.

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