Once reserved for law enforcement vehicles, dashboard cameras (“dash cams”) are now available to U.S. civilians …and growing in popularity. A dash cam can monitor activity outside your vehicle and capture crucial information in the event of an auto accident.
How Do Dashboard Cameras Help Your Car Accident Claim?
If you are the victim in an auto accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may try to pin the blame on you or at least claim you were partially responsible. A dash cam might be able to show conclusive evidence that the other driver was at fault, corroborate (or refute) eyewitness accounts, give you leverage in negotiating a favorable settlement, or provide strong evidence in court.
Most dash cams are actually designed to be mounted on the windshield but can be adapted for dashboard mounting. Laws on dash cam use vary from state to state. Some states prohibit dash cams mounted on the windshield; some permit windshield mounts; and others permit windshield mounts, with certain restrictions.
Many dash cams possess both video and interior audio capabilities. Some states require permission from both parties inside a vehicle for audio usage. Other states require the OK from just one party—the owner.
The most popular dash cams cost between $50and $250. Higher-end models provide better video quality, and some offer night-vision support. Field of view generally ranges from 120to 180 degrees.
However, dash cams can be double-edged swords. If you did something wrong that led to or contributed to an accident, information gathered by your dash cam can be used against you.
If you have been injured by a negligent driver, contact an auto accident attorney to protect your rights.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help After a Crash
Sometimes, even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in an accident due to the behavior of an aggressive driver. In those situations, the aggressive driver can be held responsible and made to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Every accident victim deserves the chance to recover as fully as possible, and Ben is here to help you meet that goal. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of an aggressive driver, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.