More than 850,000 at-work drivers have been involved in an accident so far this year, according to new research by vehicle-to-business technology provider In-Car Cleverness.
Part of the Automotive & Insurance Solutions (AIS) Group of companies, In-Car Cleverness has told Fleet News that 18.9% of all accident claims it has dealt with to date in 2013 involve company vehicles.
And, of those, 8% – representing 76,545 incidents across the UK – result in potentially costly liability disputes.
At-work road crashes cost the UK economy £2.7 billion a year but the integration of technology into fleets can reduce direct and indirect costs from liability disputes, suggests In-Car Cleverness.
It features a Remote Accident Forensics/Reconstruction System that recreates the crash and can remove the question of liability for insurers in more than three quarters of cases.
The technology marries complex accident algorithms with data taken before, during and after the incident from the vehicle.
Within minutes, it recreates the crash to provide insurance investigators with an accurate snapshot of the circumstances.
In-Car Cleverness commercial director Tim Eaves said: “As a result, in all bar the most complicated cases involving multiple-vehicles, the technology is able to demonstrate where the blame lies.
“In addition to the time saved in dealing with disputes, it can have a positive impact on insurance premiums.”