When an automobile accident occurs, dashcams can provide essential evidence that can make or break a case. Dashcams supply clear and convincing recordings of automobile accidents. Unlike eyewitness testimony, video footage is not open to much interpretation. Recordings often clearly show who is at fault for causing an accident.
While dashcams remain relatively rare in the United States, the number of units sold each year is increasing exponentially. As the number of accidents involving insurance fraud and hit-and-run motorists increases, it is likely that more drivers will protect themselves by installing dashcams on their vehicles.
Dashcams Capture the Moment
As with rear-view cameras, dashcams can show the actions of all individuals involved in a motor vehicle accident. The recording can show when a driver veers out of his lane of traffic, runs a red light, accelerates unexpectedly, or is driving while distracted. The footage can show if a driver appears intoxicated, is aggressive in his or her actions, or leaves the scene of the accident.
The camera can also capture the speed and force of the impact. This can be compared and paired with the data gathered by the vehicle’s onboard computer. In most cases, the evidence gathered by the dashboard camera can establish fault for the accident and show the actions of all parties involved before, during, and after the accident takes place.
Dashcams Get Settlements, Not Discounts
Insurance providers don’t offer discounts for dashcams. However, the cameras shorten the amount of time it takes to secure a settlement following an automobile accident. When the evidence shows the other driver is at fault, that party’s insurance company is less likely to challenge the claim. The existence of a video recording minimizes the potential for disputes and can be used to corroborate or counter eyewitness testimony.
Dashcams in Nevada
Dashcams are not prohibited in Nevada. However, drivers are required to ensure that the installed camera does not obstruct the view of the driver. While motorists can install dashcams on their own, it is advisable that the installation is performed by a licensed professional who is aware of the state’s regulations regarding dashcam installation. If the dashcam is not properly installed, the motorist can be ticketed for having an obstructed view.