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How Beneficial are Dash Cams and Should Everyone Have One?

On behalf of Brad Wicker of BDIW Law posted on Thursday January 20, 2022.

Dashboard cameras protect safety and support a Tulsa, OK car accident claim.

Dash-mounted cameras have been equipped on vehicles of law enforcement for many years, but this technology is increasing in popularity among motorists due to the numerous benefits it delivers.

Statistics published by industry research groups reveal that the market size for dash cams was $3.2 billion in 2020, and it is expected to increase at a rate of 13% annually until 2028. Upwards of 41.4 million units are sold every year in the US, and initiatives for automakers will drive additional growth.

Safety, protection against theft, and discouraging insurance fraud are cited as top advantages of dashboard cameras. However, there is another factor you might not realize, and it could support your position after an Oklahoma auto crash. A Tulsa, OK car accident attorney can explain the details, though some basics will highlight the benefits of dash cams.

Dashboard Cameras in Vehicle Crash Cases

Regardless of the specific underlying causes, the top reason that auto collisions happen is driver negligence. To recover compensation under this theory of liability, you must have evidence proving that:

  • The other motorist had a legal duty to operate the vehicle in a reasonably safe manner;
  • He or she breached this duty of care through unsafe acts that put others at risk of harm;
  • The breach of duty was the direct cause of the accident in which you were injured; and,
  • You suffered losses because of being hurt.

A dash cam may play a role with respect to #2, since it may have captured footage showing the careless, unsafe actions by the other driver. Video is also useful in establishing the causal link required by element #3 above.

Challenges in Oklahoma Car Accident Claims

Though dash cams can help you prove your case, video footage can also support your interests by overcoming a challenge many injured victims face: Allegations that YOU had a hand in causing the crash. Under the state law on contributory negligence, your compensation may be reduced if your actions also reflect a breach of the duty of care. Dash cam footage can counter claims that you were also at fault. For example:

  • Video might reveal that an oncoming car did not have a turn signal.
  • The dashboard camera may capture the vehicle ahead of you swerving or making erratic lane changes.
  • After the collision, your dash cam could get an angle of the other motorist stumbling or visibly impaired.
  • Your dashboard camera may capture a red light or stop sign that was disregarded by the other driver.

A Tulsa, OK Car Accident Lawyer Can Assist With Legal Hurdles

Footage from dash cams is just one piece of evidence that supports a vehicle collision case, and many other forms of proof will be critical in getting the compensation you deserve. Our Oklahoma auto crash attorneys at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker will handle investigations and other aspects of the legal process, so please call 580-789-4936 or visit us online to set up a free consultation today.