If you’re a safe driver, you may assume that others on the road are, too. Unfortunately, there are tens of thousands of crashes reported every year in Massachusetts, with 78,000 accidents already reported this year as of September 2023. When a crash happens, damages can leave you with serious injuries, high medical bills, lost wages, and other harm. In order to win your claim for compensation, you’ll need evidence of the other party’s negligence. Dashcam footage can help.
What’s a Dashcam?
A dashcam, which is a portmanteau of “dashboard” and “camera,” is a car video recorder that is mounted to your vehicle’s dashboard and that continuously records the view through the vehicle’s front windshield. Standard in most police vehicles, dashcams are now becoming more popular amongst civilians.
Why Is a Dashcam a Must-Have in Massachusetts?
As explained above, a dashcam continuously records the view outside of a vehicle’s front windshield. This means that if a crash occurs—assuming that it impacts the front of the vehicle—the dashcam will catch the entire thing on camera. Of course, this type of footage may not be as strong of a narrative tool in a rear-end collision, but in the event that you are hit because another driver runs a light, is traveling the wrong way, fails to yield, or otherwise acts negligently in a way that results in a collision with the frontend of your vehicle, the camera footage will provide clear evidence as to what happened.
In order to recover compensation in a claim for damages, you need to be able to prove the fault of the other driver. If a picture speaks a thousand words, video evidence speaks a million. If you don’t have dashcam evidence, you may claim that the other driver performed an illegal or negligent action and that this was the cause of your accident, but without actual proof, it will just be your word against the other driver’s.
Using Dashcam Evidence in Court
Dashcam evidence is submittable in court, as is other types of evidence. It is strongly recommended that you have the video footage reviewed by an attorney before submitting. Your attorney can handle the submittal process and make sure that it is submitted during the proper time. Keep in mind that the defendant in a civil case will have the opportunity to refute the evidence, and to submit their own evidence. While dashcam evidence can be very strong, it’s always good to build up your case as much as possible. For example, if you have dashcam evidence and eyewitness testimony, you’re much more likely to succeed.
Learn More from a Reputable Car Accident Attorney Today
Being involved in a car accident is scary, and you may be feeling overwhelmed and anxious about your future if you’ve been injured and are facing damages. Rest assured that if you get legal help, your Massachusetts car accident attorney will be a vital resource in building your case, collecting and submitting evidence, proving negligence, and negotiating your settlement. If you have dashcam footage, be sure to share it with your attorney immediately.
At the office of Tetzel Law, we are ready to help you. Call (617) 742-1700 today or schedule your free consultation online now.