If you have ever been in a car accident, you know that the experience can be extremely stressful, particularly if you or any other passengers in your vehicle suffered any injuries. If the other driver involved in the accident was responsible for causing the collision, you will need to file a personal injury lawsuit to collect the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, as well as any property damage that your vehicle sustained.
One of the most important steps in the claims process is collecting evidence that will help prove that the other driver was negligent. While evidence like photos of the accident scene and witness testimonies can help establish what happened immediately following the accident, the footage from your vehicle’s dash cam can capture footage of what happened before, during, and after the accident. If you were involved in a car accident, a dedicated car crash lawyer can help you navigate the claims process and help you obtain the evidence you need to reach a successful claims outcome.
“Dash cam” is short for “dashboard camera,” which is a small video camera that is mounted onto your vehicle’s dashboard or windshield. Most dash cams record what is directly in front of you, although some higher-end models will also feature rear-facing video, record audio and video from inside the vehicle, and stream directly to the internet. They also feature a timestamp, so if the footage captures your vehicle getting sideswiped by another car, it will record the make, model, and license plate of the other vehicle, as well as the exact time that the accident occurred. Dash cams will also record the following information, which will help prove that the other driver was liable:
Dash cams offer a wide range of features and benefits that may make it a worthwhile investment for your vehicle, including the following:
The main disadvantage to installing a dash cam in your vehicle is if you are involved in an accident that was your fault, dash cams do not take sides. They simply record the events that led to the accident, including your actions that caused the crash. The insurance company will look for any reason to avoid paying a costly settlement, and damaging footage from your dash cam will likely ensure that you are held liable for the accident. Another minor disadvantage is that you may not be able to use dash cam footage that was recorded on private property or in a restricted area.
Dash cams are legal in every US state; however, some states require strict requirements when it comes to installation and where it must go in your vehicle. Missouri has no laws regarding obstructions of view or any dash cam-specific laws.
Ultimately, the decision to purchase and install a dash cam is entirely up to you. However, there are considerably more benefits to owning a dash cam than disadvantages, particularly if you have a history of being a safe and responsible driver. If you are in an accident that was caused by another motorist, and the other driver claims that you are partially or totally at fault, or if you are not being offered the financial settlement that you think you deserve, dash cam footage will help prove that the other driver was responsible for causing the accident.
Whether you own a dash cam or not, it is highly recommended that you contact an experienced car accident lawyer if you are involved in a car accident. They will closely examine all the evidence, including dash cam footage if it is available. Do not share any of your dash cam footage with your insurance company, law enforcement, or the other parties involved in the accident until your car accident lawyer has had the opportunity to review it. Missouri is a comparative negligence state, which means that even if you are at some sort of fault for your accident, you can receive compensation. If the injured party was at fault in some way, damages received would be deducted in relation to the injured party’s percentage of fault.
If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, it is highly advised to contact a Missouri car accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Kevin J. Roach as soon as you can. Our team will listen to your every word and advise how to move forward with your claim and help you every step of the way to make this difficult process easier for you. We will make sure your legal rights are protected. Call us at (636) 519-0085.