Dashboard Cams Are A Great Legal Investment
The moments during and after a car accident are some of the most surprising, frightening, chaotic and jumbled moments in a person’s life. And yet, at the same time, is exactly during this time when calm, collected, accurate recall of events is of utmost importance. For insurance—and sometimes even civil lawsuit purposes—the most important question is, “who is at fault, and thus responsible for causing the accident and answering to its consequences?” And in many cases, the answer to this question hinges on the memories of people who were there. At least until recently.
Memory Is Not Infallible
In the past, when a car accident occurred, there were really only two ways to come to a decision about who was at fault. Either the participants themselves corroborated their memories of the incident, or eye-witnesses who were at the scene at the time did. But in such a stressful, brief moment, it’s all too easy to have hazy or inaccurate recollections of the exact sequence of events, especially if head injuries were sustained that interfered with memory. In some rare instances, a forensic investigation, or maybe an accident reconstruction team would painstakingly analyze the evidence and draw conclusions based on that.
Today, however, drivers, insurance companies and lawyers have a much more reliable tool to help determine fault in an accident, and that is a recent invention known as the “dashboard camera.”
The Evidence You Need
Dashboard cameras or “dash cams” are very small, high definition cameras that can attach to the interior of a car. All models have the same basic function; recording any traffic activity from the forward view of the car. Because dash cams store images on a digital drive, the camera is capable of constantly recording while the car is in operation. Some models have additional functionality on top of this, such as motion sensors to activate when a car is parked and detect people or other vehicles making contact with the car. Or secondary cameras that point into the backseat, so taxi/ride-share drivers can record passenger behavior. Or improved “night sight” capability, to give crisp, clear images even at night.
Regardless of the added functionality, the crucial aspect of a dash cam is that, unlike a human, the camera is calmly and relentlessly recording every single moment leading up to an accident. It means that if an accident occurs at an intersection, and you claim it was the other driver running a red light in front of you, there is now camera footage that can confirm or deny the claim.
For many drivers, dash cams are now an indispensable piece of technology for providing irrefutable, legally admissible evidence for both court and insurance purposes. You may not remember the exact second or sequence of events that took place, but a modern, digital, HD dashboard camera preserves all this information. If you get into a car accident where you believe you need the help of an attorney experienced in auto and truck collisions, dashboard cam footage can be the cornerstone of a quick, decisive resolution for the case.