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Dash Cams Provide Potential Source of Evidence after an Accident

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While once a tool used only by police officers, dashboard cameras (commonly known as “dash cams”) have sprung up in popularity among average drivers. Learn more below about how a dash cam might be a worthwhile addition to your family car or truck.

Dash cams have been around for years, but only recently has the cost of manufacturing dash cams decreased to the point that the devices are affordable to the everyday driver. Dash cams allow a driver to record continuously through a front-facing camera attached to either the car’s dashboard, windshield, or rear-view mirror. Certain models will also include a rear-facing camera which can provide an additional perspective for security purposes, as well backup assistance. Some models of camera even allow the video feed to be streamed to the internet. The camera will eventually tape over old footage, depending on the amount of data storage it has.

Most drivers have access to a camera at all times in the form of their smart phones, and photos taken by drivers immediately after a car crash can be very helpful for subsequent investigations. What the dash cam provides that a smart phone never could is critical footage of the moments immediately before a crash, when the careless or reckless actions that caused the crash took place. This footage can be especially useful where the driver immediately fled the scene of the accident. Even if the vehicle doesn’t appear on camera, a dash cam can be helpful; many offer the option of recording audio inside the cabin of the vehicle, allowing the driver to describe the hit-and-run vehicle’s make and model, or read off the license plate, if they’re unable to write a note after a crash.

Dash cams can also provide a means of security for parked cars. Many of the cameras offer a motion detector, which can activate a recording when the vehicle is struck or otherwise disturbed while parked, and can permanently save the moments immediately before and after a collision or impact in a so-called “incident file.” This feature makes it possible to identify an attempted vandal or thief. Some models will also provide an alert to the owner when the vehicle is impacted when they aren’t behind the wheel.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a New Jersey car accident, find out if you’re entitled to money damages by contacting the seasoned and effective personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a consultation, at 973-532-9681.

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