Dashcams Can Back Up Your Version Of A Story
There are several ways that police officers make a determination about who is at fault in a car accident. The first, of course, is the statements of those involved in the crash and other witnesses. They also take a look at the ending positions of the vehicles involved and can make a determination from there. However, what happens in the event of a hit-and-run or when witnesses make false, conflicting, or misleading statements. Even the positions of the vehicles may lead to an error in determining who is at fault. Thankfully, there’s one thing that can back up a person’s version of events. As the New York Times reports, that is the technology of dashboard cameras.
Two drivers can dispute who had the green light when an accident occurs. If there are no traffic light cameras nearby, who can be believed? If one person has a dashboard camera, that can sometimes provide the only evidence available.
When it comes to selecting a dash cam to be able to back up your version of events, there are a few things that you should look for in a model.
Normally, a dash cam records new footage over the oldest footage on its memory card. When a crash is detected, software prevents the footage leading up to the accident from being overwritten. This is a standard feature, and you can always manually save footage.
Another feature you want to look for is a sharp picture quality. You’ll want to be able to see the license plates of surrounding vehicles.
You’ll want controls that are easy-to-use. The last thing you want post-accident is to be confused about how to save or download the footage. The best option is a touch-screen model.
Having a versatile window mount allows you to remove the camera and place it in a safer place if theft is a concern. Suction cup mounts are easier to move around than adhesive mounts but take up more space on the glass.
Finally, you’ll also want to read reviews and perhaps, talk to friends to see which model they recommend. Although these can be a matter of perspective, they can be helpful in making a choice.