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Using Dashcam Evidence in Texas Personal Injury Lawsuits

By Texas Personal Injury Lawyer on March 20, 2024

A dashcam on a car windshield.

In our ever-increasingly digital world, more and more drivers opt to use dashcams in their vehicles. When involved in a car or truck accident in Texas, these devices can be critical in a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

What Is a Dashcam?

A “dashcam,” or dashboard camera, is a small video recording device placed in a vehicle to record your drive. A dashcam can record in front of, inside, or behind a car. In some cases, drivers may use a combination system to record multiple areas. Depending on the make and model, the dashcam will record what happens for a limited time, between 2 to 8 hours, before recording over the captured information. Some advanced systems can instantly stream footage online, and others can upload it to the cloud.

Pros & Cons: Using Dashcam Evidence in Texas Injury Claims

There are several benefits to having a dashcam. Some of the top advantages include:

  • Using the video recorded to prove the other driver was at fault.
  • Showing you took evasive action and acted responsibly before the crash.
  • Providing evidence to the parties involved without potentially biased human witnesses.

Some additional factors and potential disadvantages you should consider when deciding to get and use a dashcam are the following:

  • The footage of your crash could be used against you to show you were at fault if you voluntarily provided it to law enforcement or an insurance company.
  • You could be required to turn over the evidence if you happen to record an accident you are not involved in.
  • You must also follow Texas laws when using a dashcam. Specifically, you cannot obstruct your line of vision by noticeably placing the camera on your windshield.
  • You are not allowed to audio record passengers in your car without their knowledge.

While you don’t need to consult a lawyer to purchase a dashcam, you should consult a Texas accident attorney before providing collision footage to other parties. Your personal injury lawyer will take all the necessary actions to prevent you from potentially compromising the outcome of your case.

Obtaining Evidence: Speed Is Essential

A dashcam can provide much-needed evidence in accidents, including footage of the incident and surrounding conditions, such as freeway collisions in unsurveilled areas. This evidence does not last and must be collected as soon as possible since footage can be recorded over and lost forever. When preserved, dashcam footage can be a powerful tool to demonstrate the other party’s fault.

Legal Options for Individuals Involved in Car Accidents

When you are involved in a car accident caused by another party, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. In catastrophic or fatal injuries, get assistance from a personal injury attorney who has achieved many high-value settlements and jury awards. Your lawyer can file a claim against the liable party’s insurance company. If the insurance fails to offer fair and just compensation, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed in civil court to recover the financial support you need. Dashcam evidence can be a critical factor in an insurance claim or lawsuit. Speak with a qualified Houston auto accident lawyer to help you determine the best route for you.

Keep Your Life Moving Forward with DK Law

DK Law provides aggressive advocacy on behalf of our clients who have been injured or hurt by the negligent or wrongful actions of another. Getting a dashcam could benefit you if you are ever hurt in a car accident, so we recommend investing in one before an accident occurs. Still, if you have been hurt in a car accident with or without a dashcam on your vehicle, we stand ready to guide you through your next steps. Our founder, Mr. Khosravian, has a decade of experience helping car accident victims—he knows how to help you seek fair compensation to provide for your future. Call our Texas attorneys anytime at (281) 402-8856 for your free case consultation.

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