An extra set of eyes is always beneficial, especially one that captures everything that happens on the road and offers essential evidence. With dashboard cameras becoming increasingly common, many drivers wonder if dash cam footage can be used as evidence in a personal injury case in Pennsylvania.
Dash cams can be an invaluable tool for recording the actions and behaviors of other drivers and is effective at disproving false claims. At Freeburn Law, we are advocates for those who have suffered serious injuries or the tragic loss of life in motor vehicle accidents across Central Pennsylvania.
How Do Dash Cams Affect Car Accident Claims?
Dash cam footage may have a significant impact on the outcome of a car accident injury claim. It has the potential to demonstrate liability and shift the blame for damages. In some cases, the responsible party may falsify information to avoid legal responsibility. Dash cams are also handy because they record the full scope of an accident, including the events leading up to it and the aftermath.
Footage from your dash camera may be your most important source of proof that you are not at fault and may be more compelling than any other evidence you may present, such as still photos or eyewitness testimony.
Are Dash Cams Legal In Pennsylvania?
Fortunately for drivers in Pennsylvania, dash cams are legal. However, some guidelines must be followed. A dashboard camera can be installed in Pennsylvania as long as it does not cause the driver to be distracted. This means that the device can’t have a monitor that you can look at while driving.
Dashboard cameras must also adhere to Pennsylvania’s privacy regulations, which mandate that parties provide their consent to audio recordings. Drivers must give explicit warnings/signage to car occupants to record their conversations to comply with these rules. You may also opt to disable the audio recording capability on a device to avoid any legal issues.
Can You Use Dash Cam Footage in a Personal Injury Claim in Pennsylvania?
Dashboard camera footage can be utilized as evidence in a personal injury claim as long as a driver follows the above laws. In addition, both insurance companies and the legal system can use dashboard camera footage to determine who is to blame for a car accident.
While dashboard camera footage might help drivers who are not at fault in a collision, it can also be harmful if a driver makes a mistake that results in an accident. Therefore, it’s advisable to wait until a lawyer has reviewed your dash cam footage before sharing it with other parties such as an insurance company or law enforcement.
Will a Dash Cam Help My Car Accident Case?
Dash cam footage might offer you a crucial advantage in a car accident case. The two main benefits of a dash cam in an accident lawsuit include:
- Clear Evidence: Dash cams capture real-time accident footage, providing undeniable proof of fault and supporting your claim for compensation.
- Support for Insurance Claims: Submitting dash cam footage to insurance companies can eliminate uncertainties and encourage fair claim processing.
However, there are also potential downsides to dash cam footage. Keep the following in mind as well:
- Neutral Recording: Dash cams objectively document incidents, including your actions. If you were partially at-fault for the accident and the dash cam footage reveals it, this evidence might affect your injury claim.
- Footage Limitations: Some recorded incidents might not be admissible, such as recordings from a private or restricted area. Also remember that you will need the other party’s consent if you take any audio recordings.
Quality Representation for Car Accident Victims in Pennsylvania
At Freeburn Law, our experienced car accident lawyers will investigate your claim and carefully examine all evidence involved in your case. In addition, we’ll discuss whether dash cam footage may be used as evidence and how it may impact your case. We’ve been representing injury victims since 1979 and have recovered over $100 million for our clients.