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Dashcam footage exonerates van driver

Footage supplied by a VisionTrack 3G VT2000 dashcam has helped a van driver prove he was the innocent victim of a motorist jumping a red light and avoid a £16,000 insurance claim.

VisionTrack dashcam crash footage
The VisionTrack dashcam footage enabled the insurers to make an instant judgement on liability.

The footage showed the Ford Transit going through a green light at a junction in Sydenham, South London. Seconds later, the Transit was in collision with a Nissan Note coming from the opposite direction, which jumped a red light at the same junction.

The Nissan driver denied all responsibility for the crash and submitted third-party costs of £16,206 including personal injury claims for three occupants of the car.

Immediately after this incident occurred, the footage was sent via the VisionTrack cloud platform to the Ford Transit driver’s insurer with all relevant data such as the driver’s speed at the time of the collision.

This footage was disclosed to the Nissan driver’s insurers – and they immediately admitted full liability and withdrew their claim.

VisionTrack managing director Simon Marsh said: “Without the footage showing clearly the Transit had gone through a green light there is every chance that the case would have been resolved without either side admitting liability.

“The fleet would have had the cost of this incident on their claims experience and their insurance premium would have increased.

“The worrying thing about this case was that the red light jumping was so blatant – yet the Nissan driver was willing to pursue a personal injury claim for several occupants of the vehicle.”

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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