Cameras are everywhere now – at traffic lights and crosswalks, stores and stadiums, and on everyone’s cell phone. Many police departments are now requiring officers to wear “body-cams.” Should you have a dashcam installed in your car, truck, or SUV? It might not be a bad idea, especially if you’re injured in an accident and you need to prove that the other driver was negligent. When you’re injured by a driver’s negligence in southern California – whether or not your vehicle is equipped with a dashcam – discuss your legal rights and options as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.
Since last summer, a number of law enforcement agencies across the country have started using body-mounted cameras – “body-cams.” It’s expected that body cameras will lead to fewer controversial incidents involving the use of force by police officers. Moreover, police officers overwhelming see the cameras as a way to protect themselves against fabricated charges of police abuse and brutality. And even before the miniaturized technology for body-cams and dashcams was developed, banks, retailers, and other establishments understood the value of good surveillance video.
While there are several good reasons to install a dashcam in your own vehicle – to fight a traffic ticket or to capture unusual footage – probably the best reason is to create evidence in case you are injured by another driver’s negligence. While there’s no guarantee that dashcam video will be accepted as evidence in a personal injury trial, sometimes just having the video in your possession can compel a negligent driver to agree to an out-of-court settlement. Whether or not you use a dashcam, if you’re injured in California by a negligent driver, you are entitled to compensation for your medical care and related expenses, but you’ll need legal help to obtain that compensation. After any accident with injuries in the L.A. or Pasadena area, arrange to speak immediately with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.