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Truck Dash Cams as Evidence in Personal Injury Cases

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: Personal Injury, Truck Accidents

Society’s increasing reliance on technology to help mitigate everyday challenges is indisputable, especially when that technology helps safeguard the sanctity of human life. Truck dash cams can provide footage to explain what happened in a car accident, ultimately proving who is at fault.

If you were involved in an accident with a semi truck that had a dash cam, we can help you obtain the footage and prove the source of your injuries. Our experienced Chicago truck accident lawyers are familiar with video evidence as well as the experts needed to interpret what is seen on truck dash cams. Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 and let us help you navigate what can unfortunately be a very complex situation.

What is a Dash Cam?

Despite the popularity they continue to gain, many people are unfamiliar with dash cams, much less understand the purpose they serve. Short for dashboard camera, these devices are onboard cameras that, when mounted to the windshield of a truck (or car), record what happens as would a video camera. Alternatively, a driver may opt to place a dash cam on the vehicle’s dashboard to capture footage. And while a dash cam can be set as a front-facing camera that looks through the windshield at the external environment, it can also be set to look at the driver to monitor his behind-the-wheel behavior.

In addition, the video a dash cam captures can be time-stamped in a tamper-proof manner to verify exactly when an incident occurred. This is particularly critical when the footage becomes evidence in an accident. Dash cams range in price, but even a smartphone with the right app can become one.

Dash Cams Protect Drivers

The upswing in accidents involving trucks has led many companies to install dash cams in their vehicles. In fact, a 2015 article on reported a 34 percent decrease in truck accidents within the first year that two companies installed dash cams in their fleets even as the number of the most severe truck accidents diminished more than 50 percent. In these instances, dash cams protect drivers because truckers know “big brother” is watching and the dash cam footage makes clear they are the victim rather than the guilty party.

Dash cams may show the cause of an accident from the truck driver’s point of view. It can show, for example, a truck driver making either an illegal or sudden pass, which can cause another driver to rear-end them. It can also prove the high speed at which a truck may be traveling, creating difficulty for the truck driver to put on the brakes when they need to come to a stop.

A truck dash cam may prove an important piece of the puzzle that would otherwise be missing without the critical footage. The video may indisputably determine which party is responsible in a personal injury case. It’s important to investigate whether the truck involved in your accident had a dash cam and how to obtain that footage. Our Chicago trucking accident lawyers can help you obtain that information.

Contact Chicago Trucking Accident Lawyers for Help

A personal injury case is stressful for many reasons, but Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help determine if and how best to seek financial compensation when accidents involve truck dash cams. We will review all the facts to make an informed decision about next steps even as we will help you navigate them to your advantage. Learn how Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can make a difference by calling (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free consultation.

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