Most of us have heard about the injuries that the Governor of New Jersey sustained after a vehicle accident occurred in which he was a passenger. But it came to light that the Chevy Suburban the Governor was in was equipped with a black box of sorts that records data before and after a crash. Seems that the black boxes have been included in some GM and Ford vehicles as a way to monitor stats of car accidents in the hope of improving vehicle safety.

Interesting. Interesting because the black box revealed that the Suburban the Governor was riding in was going 91mph before the crash and that the Governor was not wearing his seat belt. Which brings several considerations we may all be facing in the near future. Could the use of this information be used against us for being issued a citation for excessive speed? Or for a loophole that the insurance companies could use saying you the operator was negligent in violation of the fine print that none of us reads? Or could this information be used against us in a civil case?

How about all of the above? It would seem very likely that, as these so-called black boxes become more common in all of our vehicles, this information could end up being used against us. In fact, there was a case in Florida in which a driver was convicted on evidence derived from a black box where it was determined that the driver was going 114 mph through a residential neighborhood. The negligent driver ended up killing two teenage girls because of his high speed driving and received a 30 year prison sentence.

So as new technology is developed, it is most certain that we will see more cases of this type; where our cars and the information they contain will be used against us or could help us in proving we may have not been at fault in an accident.

What do you think? Should this evidence be allowed against us?

Comments welcome.

[tags]black, box, suburban, speed, accident[/tags]