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Can I Use Dashcam Video in Court?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents

After a car accident, you concentrate on collecting evidence for your case right away. Taking statements from witnesses, getting a copy of the police report, and obtaining your medical records can certainly help you. But, even with all that evidence, your case may not be considered airtight.

However, if you have a dashboard camera that was filming at the time, your chances of a fair settlement could increase considerably. Showing your dashcam video in court can provide solid proof that your account of the accident is correct.

If you have been injured in a car accident due to no fault of your own, you should contact an accident attorney at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Our attorneys have years of experience helping recover compensation for those injured due to another’s negligence. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Other Evidence May Not Be Enough

As mentioned above, there are different types of evidence that could be used to prove your case. However, each type of evidence could hurt your credibility if used incorrectly.

For example:

  • Statements from witnesses: These are a valuable resource, provided there actually were witnesses that stopped after the accident. If you choose to take the witness’s contact information instead of getting a statement on the spot, their memory of the accident may become fuzzy, which can make their account less dependable.
  • The police report: This document is an important aspect of the case. However, if the other driver hit you and then sped off without waiting, there may not be much the police report can add to your case.
  • Medical records: You should go get checked by a medical professional immediately after the accident. If you wait even a couple of days, the insurance adjuster will try to fight the claim, stating that you would have seen the doctor right away if you were really hurt. Also, if the accident brings back an old injury, the adjuster will likely fight to get the medical bills removed from the claim and say you have had the injury for years.

Why Have a Dashcam?

Dashcams are becoming increasingly popular among drivers. They can increase safety by deterring criminals from breaking into your car, and parents can use them to keep a close eye on their teenager’s driving. Since insurance companies overseas offer a discount on automobile policies to those who have a dashcam in their cars, the hope is that companies in the U.S. will soon follow suit.

Moreover, using a dashcam video in court provides irrefutable evidence of your car accident. Dashcam footage is generally acceptable as long as the recordings weren’t made in secret or in a private setting. This footage can help your lawyer build a solid case for you.

Talk to a Lawyer

If you have questions about using dashcam video in court, you should call our experienced attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today. We will discuss your case and review your dashcam footage in order to craft a strong case.

Our car accident attorneys serve clients throughout the Chicago area, including Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan. We can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a consultation.

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