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Posted: 12/25/19 04:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Big question about dash cams and the legality of using them in court. Has anyone actually used the recorded video proof in an accident investigation???? It seems some people are saying dash cams are illegal in some states or their use in an investigation or litigation is not allowed as evidence!!! Is this true??? It seems logical since many times during a law suit incriminating evidence is not allowed. What are some opinions on this from those who have experienced an accident.

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Posted: 12/25/19 04:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The South Carolina State Trooper had no problem charging the other driver once I pulled my trump card of a dash cam video. Little hard to refute.
I would caution that you keep date and time up to date on the camera. Some lose that when powered down for too long.


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x2 you know what the old saying is,, a pic is worth a thousand words.

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I have heard that in some cases, the police ask folks for any pics/video of accidents or crimes. That being said, the company I drive for has them and yes it has shown when either we or others are at fault. In 1 case (and this get's my goat), the dash cam clearly shows a accident wasn't our fault.......yet we got sued. Do believe this particular case was settled or in other words we paid the other party off just to be done with it. So in this case, why have the cams? IMO, I truly feel the cams (which record both forward and towards the driver) is just to see what our driver was doing at time of accident should we be involved and doing anything against company policy.


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Posted: 12/25/19 06:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Had someone hit my truck while they were being directed into their spot this summer. After sending the video from my dash cam on the motorhome (truck was parked in front) there was no question who was at fault. The other insurance accepted the video and paid within a week.
So having a video might keep you from having to go through the courts.

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Dash cam video of an ambulance hitting my mirror on a bridge was enough for them to pay the $860 repair. Trooper advised not to let it write over it.


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If serious enough (going to court) I would insist on the LEO taking possession of the camera (with a receipt) so the chain of evidence is maintained.


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Posted: 12/25/19 07:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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You seem to be suggesting that can someones own cam footage be compelled by the opposing party showing guilt. And that would be if the court allowed that specific request. So you are talking “self incriminating” I assume. Because court proceedings most definitely are all about incriminating evidence.

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Absolutely admissible in California. Need authentication but that isn’t difficult. A subpoena would be necessary if the video belonged to someone else or a production request if it belonged to a party.


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