21 Jan 2020
Top 3 Reasons to Install a Dashcam in Your Car
Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez
Using your smartphone as a dashcam can provide valuable evidence to help protect you
These days car accidents happen far too frequently. Each year, there are 6 million car accidents in the United States, equating to over $230.6 billion in damages.1 Knowing these statistics, it’s important to protect yourself and those around you. Enter dashcams.
You’ve probably seen the crazy dashcam footage on Facebook or YouTube from countries like Russia, where everyone has one in their car. Yet, dashcams are growing in popularity in the United States. American drivers are taking note of the huge benefit of having a second pair of eyes with them while on the road, including increased safety and reliable evidence.
In fact, dashcams are widely used all around the world by taxi and bus drivers, police officers, and trucking companies. This is because dashcams provide video proof of situations or events.
What is a dashcam?
Dashcams, or dashboard cameras, are devices that are mounted on the windshield of a vehicle in order to record video and sometimes audio surrounding the vehicle. Most dash cams are small and compact and will not block the driver’s visibility. They can record video and store them on a small micro SD card.
What are the benefits of installing a dashcam?
1. You have first-hand evidence of a car accident
This is the most obvious reason people install dashcams on their vehicles. If an accident occurs and you have a recording of the incident, then you have the advantage of showing the authorities what really happened and who was; or wasn’t, at fault.
The dashcam is the strongest and most efficient proof you have for defending yourself, in case of a car crash. Having this footage can help expediate your claims process and ensure you receive full compensation for the money you deserve.
2. You can dispute wrongfully issued tickets
Although not common, wrongfully issued tickets do occur. In a study conducted by the Chicago Tribune, investigators found that thousands of Illinois drivers had been issued tickets in error because of a malfunctioning traffic camera.2
If you have a dashcam and receive a ticket that you did not deserve, you have video evidence to support your dispute. This can help you avoid paying fines and incurring points on your record, which often leads to increased car insurance premiums.
3. You can protect yourself from insurance fraud
In recent years, there have been many instances of insurance fraud within the state of Florida. Pedestrians who are looking for a quick payout have been known to jump out in front of unsuspecting drivers, injuring themselves and filing a personal injury claim against the driver. With the evidence provided by a camera, you can protect yourself against these fraudulent claims.
What to do if you’ve been in an auto accident
At Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, we understand the hardship and loss that is suffered after a car or truck accident involving serious injury or death. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, call us immediately to ensure your rights are protected. We have represented thousands of satisfied clients in Tampa over the last 20 years and have recovered more than $200 million on their behalf. We handle everything for our clients so you can focus on feeling better.
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