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Does your car have an event data recorder?

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you have a car accident, you may be eligible for substantial compensation. This is especially true if you have catastrophic injuries and extensive property damage. Still, as you probably know, insurance companies are often slow to pay injured motorists the money they deserve.

It is not uncommon for insurers to shift blame for a wreck from the responsible driver to the injured one. If your car has an event data recorder, though, it might be difficult to argue with the facts. Indeed, an event data recorder can help to explain exactly why the accident happened.

What is an event data recorder?

If you have ever watched the news after a commercial airplane crashes, you probably know that investigators work diligently to find the craft’s black box. After all, this box contains vital information about the plane’s operations. An event data recorder on a car works the same way.

According to Reuters, these mechanical components capture real-time information about the vehicle, including its speed, airbag deployment, seat belt usage and other details. Sophisticated event data recorders also record crash forces.

Do all cars have event data recorders?

There is currently no regulatory requirement for cars to have event data recorders, but many modern vehicles have them. If yours does, the vehicle’s owner’s manual might provide information about its location and accessibility. Still, it might require some work to get your hands on details from your vehicle’s event data recorder.

Ultimately, though, if you can obtain information from the event data recorder, you might have an easier time obtaining financial compensation for your injuries.

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