If you’ve been injured in a collision on the road, then proving what took place is key to securing any compensation.
A growing number of people in the UK are finding that having a dashboard camera in their vehicle not only gives them peace of mind but also helps provide crucial evidence of exactly what happened to them.
Dash cam use in the UK doubled last year with 2.9 million motorists now using one, according to recent RAC research. They’re expected to grow in use even more this year so, if you’re deciding whether to buy a dash cam, our list below can help you understand some reasons why they’re such a sound investment:
- They’ll show exactly what happened – the saying ‘the camera never lies’ certainly rings true with dash cams as they’ll capture footage of exactly what happens in a collision. Increasing numbers of car insurance companies are accepting dash cam footage in the event of a claim and dash cam footage can also be used as evidence in court.
- They’ll help you avoid ‘cash for crash’ scams – some collisions are, unfortunately, staged by criminals out to make money from innocent drivers. Scammers have been known to disable their car brake lights or, as a pedestrian, even deliberately run out in front of a car to get hit.
- They’ll help you become a safer driver – almost 25 per cent of drivers surveyed by the RAC said that installing a dash cam has helped them improve their driving. So, there’s an added road safety benefit to having a dash cam and, if more of us got one, there’s an argument to say our roads would become that little bit safer.
- They can help show what happens to your car when it’s parked – dashboard cameras have helped many people in non-injury situations. As dash cams don’t have to stop recording when you’ve parked your car, they can capture footage of any ‘hit and run’ collisions while you’re away from your vehicle.
- They could help reduce your insurance premium – some UK insurers are now offering discounted premiums to drivers who have installed a dash cam, saying that they help people drive responsibly and can provide crucial evidence to help claims settle quickly.
Perhaps one day we’ll see all new cars installed with dashboard cameras. If they help promote road safety and help injured people achieve justice, then we’d certainly support their widespread use.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation for anyone injured in a road collision through no fault of their own.