In road traffic accidents, who is to blame can often be a contentious issue. Luckily, the rise in use of dash-cam footage can often help to determine who is at fault.
What is a dashboard camera, or ‘dash-cam’?
Dash-cams are small video cameras that will usually sit on the dashboard of your vehicle or attach to the windscreen. Sometimes, dash-cams can also be rear-facing to ensure you have a view of the vehicles travelling behind you. The camera will usually film continuously, storing the footage on an internal SD card.
The purpose of the camera is to document the entirety of the user’s journey, ensuring that any incidents are captured along the way.
Motorcyclists and cyclists can also use a similar type of camera, known as helmet-cams, which can be attached to their helmets.
Why use a dash-cam?
Dash-cam footage will often become a key piece of evidence if you are involved in a road traffic accident, or if you capture one taking place on the roads around you.
The footage can be sent to the police, insurers, solicitors and even used in Court to show what has happened during the accident. This will usually give a good indication of who is at fault and can often be particularly useful in personal injury claims as a result.
The quality of the camera footage is obviously a crucial component as to how useful it is. A high-definition camera capable of capturing clear footage, including any vehicle registration plates, will be much more useful than the older cameras with blurry and grainy shots. Indeed, if the footage cannot pick up the vehicle registration number clearly, the contents of the footage may be disputed by the other party.
It is also believed that the use of dash-cams can assist in making the owner of the camera a more careful driver, as any footage can also be used against them if they are at fault for an accident.
Solicitor for Road Traffic Accident
At Bridge McFarland LLP, our specialist road traffic accident solicitors can provide expert advice and guidance if you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
To find out more about making a claim and receive the support you need, contact Bridge McFarland LLP today by calling 0800 987 8800 or email email@example.com. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve for your road traffic accident.