Dashboard Cameras by: Leyla Shikhzamanova
Dashboard Camera, also known as Dash Camera is a recording device that can provide visual evidence in the event of an accident and possible false accusations.
Dash cameras have been used by police enforcement for over 15 years, and now this device has become very popular among the general public.
Dash cameras effectively act as a neutral third-party observer and can help drivers to document incidents including accidents, collisions and break-ins. They can provide details regarding the circumstances of the incident and to confirm as to whether or not there were passengers involved in the collision and where they were seated. It can also be very useful if the other driver decides to flee from the scene of the accident, as there is a possibility of the license plate number and the description of the vehicle being caught on tape.
Many collisions come down to one person’s word against another’s and with dash camera footage it is easier to identify and prove what really occurred.
For a number of years, police enforcement has relied on the evidence produced by the dash camera recorded footage to capture impaired and/or drivers who escaped from the scene of the collision. Video recordings also come in handy in the case of a court proceeding or insurance disputes. “It gives you ammunition, It’s like a silent witness,” said Steve Kee, a spokesman with the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
It is important to remember that a dash camera must be set up prior to getting on the road. It must be installed in a location that does not obstruct the driver’s line of sight while driving. Dash cameras should not be adjusted or operated while driving, to avoid being charged with distracted driving.
The insurance companies are aware that dash cameras are becoming more and more popular. They understand that this device can be useful in insurance claims and the prevention of fraud, but they are not saying or offering much at this time. Dash camera owners in the UK, Russia and a few other countries receive discounts from auto insurance companies, but in Canada and the United States this case is still under discussion, since this technology is becoming really useful, especially when there are no independent witnesses to the collision.
At the end of the day, a dash camera will not make any difference in your day-to-day driving, but a dash camera can bring you a peace of mind and help resolve your claim faster in the case of the incident.