Crash Data Retrieval

 

Crash Data Retrieval refers to the process of accessing and downloading data stored in a vehicle's Event Data Recorder (commonly referred to as a Black Box).  The Event Data Recorder was originally devised to ensure airbags deployed when they were supposed to.  Today, the Event Data Recorder has evolved (and in some jursdictions been mandated) to be able to track key data regarding the operation of a vehicle.  This data has become a critical component of collision reconstructions for its ability to corroborate or disprove aspects of the reconstruction relating to driver behaviour including vehicle speed and braking.

Using specialized software and protocols Arcon's Collision Reconstructionists are able to access this data for a wide variety of vehicles and light trucks with model years as far back as 1994 in some cases.  For a list of vehicles for which EDR/Black Box data retrieval is possible, see the document at the following link (Please note that this is for guidance only - contact Arcon to confirm data download coverage):

CDR Download Capability Grid

Black box data is instrumental in helping to answer the following common questions in collision reconstructions and occupant injury claims:

  • Was there an occupant in the driver and/or front passenger seat?
  • What was the vehicle speed prior to collision?
  • Were the brakes engaged and if so, how long before impact?
  • What was the severity of the collision (Delta-v)?
  • Were the occupants belted or unbelted?

For further information on how EDR data can help in fraud investigations and 3rd-party injury claims, please contact us.  We offer lunchtime and seminar length presentations on this and many other aspects of collision reconstruction and injury resulting from collisions.

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