Can a Dash Cam Help Your Accident Case?Trusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. April 11, 2019
Car accidents frequently result in two different stories about what happened. In some cases, a negligent driver may try to deny responsibility. In other instances, a victim may not remember what happened, or the accident can happen so quickly that the victim didn’t see what the negligent driver did. In those cases, video evidence may be helpful in establishing liability.
What is a Dash Cam?
A dash cam is a small video camera mounted on the dashboard or windshield of a vehicle that can be used to continuously take video of the road and traffic through the windshield. Dash cams can be purchased for $40-$200 on Amazon or at any electronics retailer. Police officers often use dash cameras to record arrests, but they can also be useful tools for civilians.
Can a Dash Cam Help in a Car Accident Case?
A picture is worth a thousand words, so having video footage of a car accident can be extremely helpful when establishing liability in a car accident case. There may be instances where a dash cam video can clearly show that another driver was reckless by running through a stop sign, driving at an excessive speed, or carelessly changing lanes. Even if the camera didn’t show the exact moment when the accident occurred, it can show the reckless driving behavior that took place before the accident.
A dash cam can also be useful for showing the severity of the impact. This can be useful evidence when establishing the serious nature of the injuries sustained. It can also be helpful in proving property damage that resulted from an accident.
Limitations of the Dash Cam
It is important to remember that a dash cam may not always tell the whole story. Sometimes the camera is pointed in the wrong direction, and the accident cannot be viewed properly. In addition, sometimes the footage may be too grainy to establish exactly what happened. This is why it’s important to have additional evidence to establish liability for a car accident.
Contact a Trusted Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident, it is important to consult with a trusted car accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been trusted for over 30 years to help car accident victims pursue compensation. Contact us onlineor call us at 1-800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.