The Legal Ins And Outs Of Dashboard Cameras
If you’ve been in a car accident, you may be learning what a long and frustrating process it can be waiting for the insurance companies to make a determination of liability. If you were involved in a complex or multi-car crash, the investigation to determine liability can take weeks or months. When the only available statements are the conflicting ones of the drivers it can be very hard to make an accurate determination. The introduction of any evidence can greatly impact and expedite the determination of liability. Luckily, you can do a lot to gather evidence at the scene (assuming you are physically able). One of these things is finding out if the other driver or drivers who were involved in the crash have dashcam footage of it. Additionally, you can take thorough photos and video of the scene of the accident and get the names and contact information of any witnesses. The aftermath of a car accident can be stressful and difficult to navigate and it can be hard to avoid making missteps if you are not familiar with the legal process. Talking to a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident is critical to successfully getting a fair insurance settlement as promptly and efficiently as possible. The information in this article is general, but if you would prefer personalized feedback based on your individual case, you are encouraged to reach out and contact the experienced Alpharetta personal injury attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers.
Are Dashboard Cameras Legal in Georgia?
In Georgia, it is legal to have a dashboard camera and to record footage. Additionally, this footage is legally admissible in the event of an accident, and can be used by police, insurance companies, or courts to determine liability in an accident. Dashboard cameras then can provide valuable evidence, however, that evidence can either corroborate your account of events or establish your negligence. There is no way to know prior to installing your dashcam that you will never be on the wrong side of an accident. Additionally, even in situations where the dashcam captures footage of another driver causing an accident, it may also capture actions on your part (for instance, if how you reacted to the initial crash increased your overall harm) that could reduce your recovery. It can also put you in a difficult position if you find yourself in the possession of incriminating footage, as attempting to alter, delete, or destroy it could result in additional criminal charges. However, if you are in an accident that was not your fault, dashcam footage will usually prove to be more of an asset than a detriment. If you become aware that the at-fault driver has a dashcam, let your lawyer know as soon as possible so that they can take action to subpoena the footage before anything can happen to it.
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If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault in Atlanta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, or the greater Georgia area, Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers will fight to get you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.