An event data recorder (EDR) may help you piece together a car accident and strengthen your case. But what is it?
In the age of technology, computers are everywhere – even in your car. While not every vehicle is equipped with the same kind of system, most manufacturers have made the decision to install some event data recorder (EDR) capabilities in their current vehicles. So what is an EDR and why is it important?
What is an EDR?
An event data recorder – or EDR – is a function or device installed in a motor vehicle to record technical information. These devices only record a few seconds of data, but it can be crucial information if you’re involved in a car accident. An EDR may record data before, during, and after a crash to monitor and assess vehicle safety and performance.
Why Does Data Matter?
Data from EDRs is used by insurance companies and law enforcement agencies, alike. Insurance companies may use this data to gain a better picture of an individual’s risk. Since EDRs monitor the duration of a trip, a vehicle’s exact location, route, and time of day, they are also useful for law enforcement. This information can be crucial when trying to piece together the true events of a car accident.
Data collected from EDRs can provide valuable information on the severity of the crash, operation of the air bag, and what deployment decision strategies were used during the event. Also, the data can be used to demonstrate that the vehicle was operating properly at the time of the event, or to help detect undesirable operations that may lead to a recall of the vehicle for repairs.
Where is the EDR located in a vehicle?
An EDR is typically composed of sensors located throughout the vehicle, with a main component located in a well-protected area. This could be under the driver’s seat or within the center console. To determine an exact location, drivers may consult their vehicle’s manufacturer guidelines.
Privacy and EDR
Installation of EDR in vehicles is not mandatory, so it’s up to the manufacturer to decide whether to install it in the vehicle. Unless your vehicle is involved in a significant event – like a collision, pot hole, or hitting a curb – the EDR will not actively capture data. In Colorado specifically, manufacturers are required to disclose EDR information to car purchasers. That EDR data is also owned by the vehicle owner and cannot be accessed by anyone else without owner consent except in certain exceptional situations.
If you’re injured in a car accident, you should call the attorneys at Galperin & Associates right away. We have experts that can reconstruct your crash so that insurance companies cannot take advantage of you. Our attorneys know that all accidents are different and are here to help you maximize your right to recovery. Contact us today at 720-501-3451 to speak to an attorney.