Black box to help car insurance claims?

Thursday, 29 April 2010

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Inserting black boxes into motor vehicles could help with any car insurance claim, a legal expert has suggested.

Solicitor Ewan McIntyre claims that the devices are required by law in the US and can provide vital information on things such as throttle position, the vehicle's speed and the brake light switch status.

In addition, a black box could provide data on the car's steering and braking system and whether seat belts were worn before a crash occurred.

Mr McIntyre claims this sort of information would be a great help in determining who is responsible for an accident.

"Such evidence would, of course, greatly assist in determining liability in a road traffic accident," he adds.

The solicitor added that the devices are already required by law in the US and that legislation being drafted in the EU will make them a legal requirement across Europe.

"The EU is edging in the same direction," he states.

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