More and more people are choosing to install dash cameras in their vehicles for various reasons. One of the reasons is to establish what happened in an accident in a manner that the other insurance company does not easily contradict.
What is a Dash Cam?
A dash-mounted camera or dash cam is a camera that records why you are driving. It is similar to a GoPro for your vehicle. The video cameras cost between $50 and $200, depending on your chosen model.
Some are mounted by a suction cup on your dashboard and connected to power by a cigarette charger. Others are permanently mounted with direct power lines.
The video camera will record the scene where the camera is focused as soon as the vehicle starts. Trucking companies have been experimenting with forward and rear dash cams to reduce claims and make truck drivers more accountable. Some bus companies have cameras recording the passengers to reduce claims.
How Video Helps Personal Injury Lawsuits
In a recent Houston 18-wheeler accident lawsuit we are handling, the trucking company produced a dash cam film showing the forward view of the big rig and an interior view of the truck driver.
The video indicates that the light had turned red before the big truck entered the intersection. While the driver was ticketed for running a red light, most truck drivers fight their tickets, and the citation usually is not admissible in court unless the driver was found guilty of the charge.
What Happened in the Crash is Settled With Video
Liability issues are now somewhat resolved by having a video showing exactly how the truck accident occurred. Without a video showing how the wreck happened, the case’s defense would usually revolve around a ‘yellow light” or perhaps even claims that the injured plaintiff was the one who ran the light.
Having evidentiary proof admissible in court is a game changer for both parties to a lawsuit. While in this instance, the trucking company will not be able to argue that the truck driver did not run a red light, in another case, the trucking company may avoid a lawsuit by proving that the light was green.
In other words, video cameras recording the crash eliminate the possibility of different versions of the story about the cause of a crash. Car accident lawyers also seek dash cam evidence.
Dash Cam Video Can Settle Your Case
Some insurance companies now accept dash cam footage to resolve liability issues and pending claims. However, to date, insurance companies are not offering discounts for dash cam use.
Nevertheless, many drivers and trucking companies are using this new technology to protect themselves from inappropriate traffic tickets and to establish who was at fault for a crash.
Truck accident law firms work quickly to obtain the video to use in a Texas personal injury lawsuit.
Other Counties Use Video For Other Reasons
In Russia, over 1 million drivers have dash cams installed on their vehicles to help prevent police corruption.
Many police units come standard with video cameras that can provide evidence about whether the driver arrested for drunken driving looked intoxicated on the video.
Dash Cams Can Protect the Trucking Company
The use by trucking companies of a video protects the company from false claims. It incentivizes the company to resolve truck accident cases early where the truck driver was at fault.