Many automobile accidents fall into what seems to be obvious evidence. Without evidence, it's your argument against someone else's, which means a battle between sounding convincing or having a good lawyer. Before any of that happens and whether you think there is an accident risk or not, here are a few evidence gathering and precautionary techniques to bring facts that smash opinions and empty allegations.
Dash Cameras Deliver The Best Evidence
There are many forms of evidence that can put together a compelling story. The type of damage on the vehicles involved, the tire skid marks on the road, and the eyewitness accounts of people in the area who probably have no relationship with anyone involved in the accident can help. Nothing is better than having a camera record the whole thing.
Dash cameras or dash cams have been around for decades, but are a lot more affordable with much higher quality than their popular days in the early 2000's. The same technology and efficient manufacturing behind affordable computers and compact computers (mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets) have made these tiny records a powerful tool in proving your innocence.
Mount a dash cam inside your car and point it to your windshield. The mounting is probably the hardest part, but not difficult at all; it's easy if you know how to use a drill and have installed something as simple as a bedroom curtain rod, but a mechanic or electronics store installer can provide professional installation at an affordable price.
All modern dash cams worth buying will record at least 720p quality. Although this is called High Definition (HD), it's the new normal. You don't save money by buying lower qualities, so if you find 480p or lower definition camera, you're walking into a ripoff and the liability is on your shoulders.
With a basic dash camera, you can record either on some sort of internal storage or provide your own Secure Digital (SD) cards. SD cards are the same small chips that went into point-and-shoot cameras and are still used in modern digital photography.
The amount of footage recorded depends on the quality used and the size of your storage. Get a dash cam that shows you how many days (often in hours) are recorded, and keep in mind that old days will simply be overwritten as you continue to use it.
Dash Cams, Lawyers, And Law Enforcement
In most accidents, the dash cam's view will show exactly happened and reduce your need to argue. If you're worried about proving rear end or side collisions (or simply want to record more of the outdoors), getting 2 or 4 cameras to record in multiple directions is a good strategy.
After an accident, don't brag about your camera or threaten the other party with legal action by bringing up the camera. You have no way of knowing whether the other person is violent or desperate enough to attack you and steal or destroy the camera.
Unless your life is already in danger and you feel that the camera--especially a live recording camera--will protect you, wait until the police arrive. Let them know about the camera, and get on the phone with a lawyer to make sure that the evidence is secured before anything confusing happens.
Contact an automobile accident injury attorney to discuss proper use of video evidence and ways to stay safe while protecting your argument.