Dashcams have risen in popularity over the past decade. These small cameras are mounted to the front and/or back windshields. Some models record audio and video, or stream directly to the internet. Drivers use them for myriad purposes, from recording a scenic drive to documenting routine traffic stops. When you’re in a car accident, your dashcam can provide compelling evidence.
Clients often wonder if they can use their dashcam evidence when filing a car accident claim. Because Ohio is an at-fault state, a driver may use their dashcam footage to prove fault.
If you have dashcam evidence to support your car accident claim, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny today—it may be the key to recovering compensation.
How dashcams can help
When a car accident occurs, one or more drivers must be held responsible. Proving fault is the key to avoiding liability.
Dashcam footage typically records what is directly in front of or behind the car, depending on where the cameras were mounted. This allows plaintiffs to prove key details in an unbiased manner.
Depending on how the collision occurred, the cameras may capture the entire event. However, even if the offending vehicle is out of the frame, the footage may show the plaintiff was following the rules of the road before the crash.
Finally, dashcam footage can help after the accident. If the other driver is hostile, under the influence or admits fault, the evidence can make it easier to prove fault.
How dashcam footage can hurt
While dashcams can show how an accident occurred, keep in mind they’re a double-edged sword. If the dashcam driver was acting negligently at the time of the accident, the footage can work against them. They may be deemed partially or totally at fault, depending on the specific facts of the case.
Ohio is a comparative negligence state. If a plaintiff is found to be partially at fault, they are assigned a percentage. Their potential compensation is reduced by that percentage. Plaintiffs deemed over 50 percent at fault may not recover damages at all.
Even if you’re partially at fault for an accident, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny. You may still be entitled to compensation for your injuries and property damage. We’ll review your dashcam footage and aggressively pursue every source of compensation available. Car accidents are expensive and traumatic—don’t shoulder the entire cost on your own.
Discuss your case with an Ohio personal injury lawyer today
When someone else’s negligence or recklessness is responsible for your accident, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (800) 556-4769 so that I can evaluate your case as soon as possible. Your dashcam footage could be valuable evidence—call now, so we can recover compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.