The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is planning to propose a rule that makes it mandatory that all passenger cars, trucks, and other light vehicles must have event data records (EDR) installed during manufacturing. These units are to record crash information and other data. Currently, about 90% of the vehicles manufactured already have EDR's, including all vehicles manufactured by General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Mazda.
Some of the auto manufacturing companies, as well as other citizen groups, have concerns about the privacy issues involved in being able to track the location of a vehicle by accessing the EDR. Currently the auto manufacturers use different types of EDRs, but a rule that comes into effect for all 2013 models requires that the information collected is standardized.
In personal injury cases involving car accidents, it is possible that the data in the EDRs could benefit the claimant, as there can be conflicting stories and evidence can be unclear. The data gathered from the EDR could offer the most compelling proof of negligence in such cases.
Protecting privacy is extremely important. It is also of great concern to the injured who may be involved in a difficult personal injury claim in which the fact of negligence is disputed by the opposing counsel for the insurance company or other party. It is hoped that the privacy matters will be resolved adequately, and that innocent victims that have been injured by a speeding, reckless or drunk driver can get an injury claim resolved more quickly with the data that has been stored on the EDR. The process of accessing this data will most likely be benefitted by having legal representation. If a car accident has already taken place in which an injury or death occurred, the vehicles involved may have EDR data that could be accessed to support the claim for compensatory damages. Other cases may require the assistance of an independent accident investigator.
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