The dashboard camera, colloquially known as a “dash cam”, has been rising in popularity for America’s drivers. A dash cam is a small camera of webcam size that sits near the front windshield of your vehicle, usually sitting directly on the dashboard or connected to the windshield near the mirror. The purpose of the dash cam is to continually record footage as you drive. There are many different reasons for why this could be useful, especially in a vehicle accident case, and we here at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara invite you to read on to discover exactly why you might want to consider investing in a dash cam for your vehicle.
Car or Motorcycle Accidents
One of the best reasons to invest in a dash cam is because having one could be pivotal in the case of a car accident. Dash cams are not subjective and only record the facts. So in the case of a car accident, a dash cam can provide a look at what happened during an accident and who is at fault. This evidence could be the difference between you receiving the compensation you deserve or you being held responsible for the accident.
Accidents While Parked
Even if you are not currently driving your car, your dash cam can still be recording footage. When parking in a parking garage or on a street, it is not uncommon for people to come back to their car and find that it has been hit or damaged. Having a rear dash cam could catch the person who hit your car, allowing you to pursue compensation for the damage.
While it may be hard to believe, there are actually people out there who are actively trying to get hit by a car. A person can do this with their own vehicle and they can even do it as a pedestrian. These people will try to get you to hit them, causing any kind of injury that they can then use to sue you for compensation. With a dash cam, you can expose these scammers for what they are, keeping yourself safe from monetary loss.
Dash cams don’t only serve the purpose of providing evidence should you get into any kind of accident, but they can also provide a fun way to chronicle road trips or even fun things you see in your community around you. Just taking a look at YouTube, once can see many interesting videos and montages that have been put together using footage taken from a dash cam.
Know The Laws Regarding Dash cams
Here in Louisiana, there are some laws when it comes to submitting dash cam footage. In particular, submitting footage that has sound. Under the “one-party consent” law, anyone that you are driving with inside your own car must know that they and any conversation they are having with you is potentially being recorded by your dash cam. This can be circumvented if you disable the audio recording functionalities of your dash cam.
Learn More at our Baton Rouge and Metairie Offices
Here at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara, we are ready and willing to assist you should you become injured in an accident. By using evidence collected by a dash cam, we can ensure that you are not taken advantage of by someone else’s dishonesty in the case of an unclear car accident. If you would like to learn more, then we encourage you to contact our office and schedule your case review today.
Following graduation from Loyola Law School in New Orleans in 1990, Price McNamara served as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable John M Shaw, Chief Judge, United States District Court Western District of Louisiana.
Mr. McNamara founded the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara, and began putting his past experience to work for the injured and disabled clients he now represents against the insurance companies in personal injury and long term disability and other insurance disputes in both federal and state courts