Will A Dash Cam Help You After A Car Accident?
A dashboard camera, popularly known as a dashcam, is a camera that you place in your vehicle to continuously record the view through your car’s front windscreen and sometimes rear or other windows. Over the years, dash cams have grown in popularity. According to a February 2018 USA Today article, by February 2018, the CTA, which follows market trends, had estimated that U.S. wholesale shipments of dashcams would hit 285,000 in that year, a 20% increase from 2017. However, despite these many sales, many continue to wonder whether a dashcam is really worth having. Will a dashcam help you after a car accident? Read on to find out.
Will a Dash Cam Help You After a Car Accident?
If you plan on filing a claim after a car accident, you need as many pieces of evidence as you can get to support your claim. If your car has a dashcam, you might be wondering if the footage on it will help you.
So, will a dashcam help you with an insurance or court claim after a car accident? The truth is that dashcam footage can help your car accident case, but not always. Some insurance companies accept dashcam footage as evidence, whereas others don’t. Even when an insurance company accepts your dashcam footage, some factors might impact how useful the footage is. For instance, even though many dash cams try to offer a wide view, usually, the view is only pointed in one direction, meaning that not all the crucial details will be captured. Generally, dashcam footage will often show that a car accident happened but won’t show why it occurred. Unfortunately, you cannot establish fault if a dashcam doesn’t show why an accident occurred.
So, how exactly can a dashcam help you? Suppose your dashcam footage doesn’t show why your accident occurred, which is often the case. In such a situation, you might still find that the footage can show the severity of an impact. If the defendant argues that you did not suffer severe injuries based on the level of damage to your car, your dashcam footage can help you prove that the force of impact transferred to you during the accident was enough to result in a severe injury. Also, if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident, dashcam footage can prove that the accident happened and reveal the other car’s license plate.
Even though dashcam footage cannot always be relied on, it is always better to have more pieces of evidence on standby than less. Besides, you never know if your dashcam footage will be among those that end up being useful.
Contact Us for Legal Help
If you were injured in a Florida car accident and want to know if your dashcam footage can benefit your case, contact one of our Orlando Personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm. We can assess your dashcam footage and advise you accordingly. Even if the footage cannot be relied on, we can help you gather other pieces of evidence that can help your case. We have years of experience defending car accident victims’ rights and helping them obtain the compensation they deserve, so we understand which evidence to best use in car accident cases. Schedule a consultation by contacting us today.
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