The dashboard camera may be one of the most significant inventions for car accident attorneys. For years, disputes over fault in a car accident boiled down to the word of one driver versus another. Assuming an absence of witnesses to the event, other than your testimony and the other driver’s testimony, there was nothing to ascertain liability for an accident. Fortunately, we live in the twenty-first century. One of the safest pieces of equipment you can install in your car is a dashboard-mounted camera, also known as the “dashcam.”
Whether you are involved in an accident in an intersection, a pedestrian in a crosswalk, or a routine rear-end in traffic, dashcam footage is revolutionary in that records while you drive. For as little as $100, you can purchase a dashcam and install it inside your vehicle. The forward-facing camera records the accident frame by frame. In many cases, a personal injury attorney will utilize this footage to negotiate a settlement with an insurance company. Alternatively, a personal injury attorney can also use this footage as a tool to lock in your adversary to false testimony by strategically delaying the discovery of the footage.
Here are some examples of accidents where dashcam footage could help win your case:
- The other driver claims you drove through a red light in a busy intersection. However, the dash cam footage clearly depicts you having the green light while the other driver had the red light.
- The other driver alleges that you were speeding at the time of the accident. However, your dash cam recorded your speed as below the legal speed limit.
- The other driver came out of his car during the accident, and the footage shows that other driver losing his balance, swerving prior to the collision, or exhibiting other clear signs of intoxication.
While a dashcam is essential in New York, be mindful and ensure the placement of your camera does not obstruct your view of the road. Dash cams should also be installed on vehicle dashboards not on the windshield, which might obstruct the driver’s clear view of the road. Placing your dash cam in the corner of the passenger side is the safest bet.
Hiring an experienced car accident attorney, with proven results, is the best decision you can make for your personal injury case. If you hire LEVY BORUKH LAW, we will advise you of your options in pursuing your claim. Arrange a free consultation by calling us at (888) LAW-1-911. Our firm serves all five boroughs and New Jersey. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless you receive compensation. While most claims are settled for maximum value, our lawyers will take your case to court when necessary and win after a jury trial.