How Dash Cams Can Impact Your Personal Injury Case
Dash cams are becoming increasingly common throughout the country and right here in Florida. In 2019 alone, more than 36 million units of dashboard cameras are estimated to have been sold worldwide. These staggering numbers are expected to continue escalating. With increasing use, they are also increasingly becoming a factor in the outcome of personal injury claims where the mere existence of the video collected is sometimes critical in establishing that the car accident occurred the way the accident victim claims. Dash cams can be a fantastic tool when it comes to pursuing a personal injury case – but the footage can also do great harm. Learning exactly how dash cams can affect car accident claims will allow you to make an informed decision about whether or not you should use one in your vehicle.
Understanding Dash Cams
Generally speaking, there are a few options for how a dash cam itself can look. There are also different options for the amount of storage capacity and the direction that the cam will record in. However, for all their differences, dash cams have many core purposes. All of them are designed to be mounted inside cars in order to continuously record and store video that can later be viewed. In the context of a car accident, that means dash cams can have evidence of:
- How the road looks from inside the vehicle;
- Poor weather conditions and traffic;
- Where traffic signs are located;
- The status of any traffic lights in the area; and
- Even some parts of the inside of the car.
How Dash Cams Can Affect Your Case
Even if you don’t utilize one of these devices yourself, you should always assume that you could find yourself on someone else’s dash cam at any time. After all, in most cases Florida law allows these devices to be used though there are some restrictions, such as on audio.
In the event that you are in a car accident, a dash cam can be a great way to provide conclusive proof that the other driver was at fault in the accident. This can therefore increase your chances of collecting an insurance settlement as it can provide you with objective evidence that is more reliable than the accounts you or the opposing driver could share from memories that are likely fuzzy weeks or even months after the accident.
However, the perks end if your own actions were factors in the accident. In that case, the recorded footage can be used against you to help prove you are at fault.
We Can Help
If you have been involved in a car accident that was captured on your dash cam or that you suspect was caught on someone else’s dash cam, you will likely find it beneficial to reach out to an experienced car accident attorney. As the Miami personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm, we have years of experience successfully protecting and preserving the rights of those who have been injured due to someone else’s negligence. We will fight to ensure that you obtain the complete and fair financial compensation that you deserve for your injuries and losses. Reach out for help today.
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