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Lane hopping collision caught on Smart Witness camera

An in-vehicle camera from Smart Witness has captured a dramatic collision between a Nissan and a HGV on the M6.

The footage captures the moment the blue Nissan Note hits the side of the lorry and then is bounced across the road and flipped around.

The collision was caused by the Nissan driver failing to notice the lorry alongside and veering into the HGV's lane.

In many cases, an incident of this kind would involve both drivers blaming each other, but in this case the camera footage simplified the claims process, cutting down paperwork and costly insurance battles.

It quickly became apparent that the Nissan driver was completely to blame. Insurers for the Nissan driver settled the claim as soon as the CCTV was produced.

Fleet users of SmartWintess have reported savings of up to 20% on their vehicle insurance. Insurers have found that just 2% of incidents recorded on SmartWitness cameras result in disputed claims - against an industry norm of 40% of motor claims.

SmartWitness managing director Simon Marsh said: "Once a company fits vehicle CCTV they never go back to having their drivers operating without cameras.

"Most MDs I speak to tell me they wish they had fitted them sooner.It’s great to see so many hauliers being so proactive in using the cameras to improve driver behaviour as well as protecting themselves from false claims.

"This new video perfectly illustrates their worth. It might seem like a relatively minor collision, but these incidents in the days before cameras would result in a big drain on time and expense as both sides argued it out with insurers and also risked damaging hauliers’ insurance claim experience.

"Not any more - the SmartWitness footage goes off and it is settled almost instantly."


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  • Luke - 08/07/2014 12:51

    Looks very much like the Nissan driver did not follow the lane change (ie. getting smaller on the inside through roadworks) - perhaps the poor weather did not help.

  • ME - 08/07/2014 13:31

    Lorry driver innocent - car driver guilty - but the disappearing white line lane indicators due to the road works certainly dont help do they!

    • AEN - 09/07/2014 16:40

      It looks like the poor lane markings were a contributing factor. I believe the Nissan driver was following the original lane markings as opposed to the construction lane markings....

  • Dave - 08/07/2014 22:49

    Can't understand what Nissan driver doing to pull out. However, interesting lorry accelerates when indicator on Nissan flashes once, why do people do that and not just back off 1mph to remove a potential danger rather than speed up and create one. FN showed a similar clip a couple of weeks ago and blamed a car driver when truck acceleration caused the problem. Truck driver not completely blame free here as accelerates into driver blind spot and sits there. We are regularly reminded about not getting lorry blind spots. Proper professional lorry drivers, what do you think? I am prepared to be shot down over this but would be interested in your responses.

    • Simon - 08/07/2014 23:57

      @Dave - Pause the clip at just over 6 seconds, time on the clip 18.59.25 you can see its the brake lights not the indicator. Also the speed you are looking at is taken via GPS and it will have a slight time delay.

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