Today’s car interiors are unrecognizable when compared to a car’s interior just a decade ago. With technology everywhere you look, there are varying beliefs about whether that technology is making us safer or hindering our safety.
This is especially true when it comes to dash cams. Some say they help drivers in the event they need to file a personal injury case in the future. Others say that the dash cams themselves can cause accidents and can be used against plaintiffs. Who is correct? Read on to get our opinion on this. Then reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Dash cams can give you relevant information you did not know
Think about this example: You are driving your truck down the street and you are hit from behind, the side, the front – anywhere you did not see it coming. You may end up with no idea what happened and a dash cam could have all the answers. The recording it took could be all the proof you need that the other driver was at fault.
Can information from dash cams be used?
The use of dash cams is new enough that there are some legal questions around whether or not they are admissible in court. This will be decided in the coming years but one thing to consider is that you can take a picture at the scene and it can be used as long as there is data to prove it is authentic. It would stand to reason that the same would be true of dash cam videos.
Be careful – it can be used against
If you are not at fault then the dash cam video can be helpful but what if you are at fault? What if you were speeding at the time of the accident? The dash cam can actually be used to prove that you are at fault or partially at fault. Even something as simple as having a crying child in the car at the time of the accident could be used to show that you were distracted.
Make sure that dash cams are legal
Dash cams are not legal everywhere – some areas have laws against mounting things to car dashboards. Other areas have laws about who can be videoed without permission. Make sure that it is legal to use them where you are. Likewise, make sure that it is used to record information only and is not a distraction.
Do you have a question about how to move forward after a car accident? Reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for your free legal consultation.