Dash Cam video recorders are now common in large trucks. They record what the driver is seeing ahead of him. Some record the actions of the driver as well. Others even have cameras to the sides and back of the vehicle. The capabilities of these cameras continues to grow. Certain dash cams can be monitored by dispatchers and others to insure the driver is driving safely and paying attention to the traffic ahead.
Having a knowledgeable attorney in the area of large truck accidents makes a big difference in your case. Unfortunately, most large truck accidents result in serious injury or death. Preserving evidence at an early stage is critical to a successful outcome to one’s case. At Knie & Shealy Law Offices, we sent out preservation letters immediately to all potential responsible parties to ensure that critical evidence is saved by those parties. We also hire accident reconstruction experts to interpret the evidence we receive aa well as human factors experts to see if the truck driver was reacting reasonably.
Not only are dash cams present in many large trucks, they are also present on most police cars as well. There can be valuable information on them because, not only do they record what the scene looks like immediately following the accident, but they also record sound including eyewitness statements. Of course most police now wear body cams which also record sound as well. Such evidence is obtainable under a freedom of information request or by subpoena. the combination of large truck dash cams, police car dash cams, and body cams can create strong evidence to win a case case in court or settle it very favorably.
There are additional features in dash cam videos that keep them from being overwritten. Many save the information to the cloud so that it can be retrieved later even if the dash cam was damaged in the accident or otherwise lost.
Courts almost always allow dash cam footage into evidence. While such evidence can prove a case for a person injured by a large truck, such footage can also establish that the truck driver did nothing wrong. More times than not, it has been our experience that dash cams of truck drivers show that they were generally not paying attention as they should, sometimes showing that they are using their cell phone while eating, or even worse, drinking and driving.
If dash cam videos are used properly by trucking companies, they can greatly reduce large truck accidents. Unfortunately, in many cases the dash cams are not regularly monitored by the trucking company. At Knie and Shealy, we have the experience to effectively use dash cam videos to your benefit. We also continue to monitor the advances made in dash cam technology. We hope you or your loved ones are in an accident with a large truck, but if you are you must act immediately to preserve that evidence and other important evidence. At Knie & Shealy, it has been our honor to represent numerous families throughout South Carolina in horrific large truck accident cases. It would be our honor to help your family if you or your loved are involved in a large truck accident. If so, call us at 864-590-7444.