You have probably seen them on the road or on videos online; dash cams on vehicles have become more commonplace. There are numerous reasons for this new trend, including the problems that may arise after a car collision. Crashes happen too often in the United States, and they are often associated with a long, drawn out legal process to determine who was at fault and what kind of lawsuit or claim can be filed. This has led to numerous drivers and motorcyclists putting cameras on their dashboards or helmets to capture potential collision video footage.
While this could be helpful, the question remains: could having a dash cam help your car crash claim? The simple answer is that it depends. There are certain situations in which a dash cam can provide the proof necessary to show that the other driver caused the collision, but there are other situations in which the addition of a dash cam can do more harm than good. At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa auto accident attorneys understand the benefits of dash cams, as well as the downfalls associated with the equipment.
Benefit: Showing the Other Driver’s Fault
In many cases, dash cams can prove to be beneficial to your case. For instance, if you’re filming in front of you, and another vehicle runs a red light and collides into your vehicle, your dash cam can show the vehicle hitting yours, as well as the fact that you had a green light and were legally right in driving through the intersection. This means that the other driver is at fault and committed an act of negligence in order to cause the crash and any injuries that may have occurred as a result.
Benefit: Proving that You Were Injured
In some situations, drivers not only rely on dash cams pointing to the front of the vehicle, but they may also have cameras facing the inside of the vehicle. These are often beneficial during the point of the crash because it allows the driver to show how he or she sustained injury. For instance, if someone is rear-ended, the front-facing camera would not show much of an accident, just a forward movement after hearing the collision. However, with a rear-facing camera, you can view the impact in the car and show the way your body moves, as well as the injury occurrence.
Downfall: May Miss the Accident Completely
You may have gone through the steps and the effort to get your dash cam up and recording, but what happens when the crash occurs outside of the view of the camera? For instance, a front-facing camera may not show the entire story when someone is driving on the road. Why would a vehicle go out of control? Was it hit by another vehicle on the rear end? Did another vehicle side swipe yours? These are things that may not be seen by the dash cam. If this is the case, the dash cam is rendered useless in the event of a car crash.
Downfall: It Proves Your Guilt
Keep in mind, installing a dash cam may not always help you point the finger. In fact, it can be used against you if you were the one who caused the crash in the first place. If you are driving negligently and the dash cam records you causing the crash, the other party may be able to show you were the one at fault in the crash. This is when something that may be normally useful can be used against you.
While dash cams have been proven helpful in car crash claims in the past, this doesn’t mean they will always be in your favor. It is important to know how they can be used in a car collision claim. If you or someone you love has been harmed in a negligence-related crash caused by someone else and you have a dash cam that shows proof of the collision, our Tampa auto accident lawyers can help you navigate this process and understand the steps necessary to use a dash cam as part of the evidence in your case. Call Givens Givens Sparks today to learn more about your rights.