Nearly three million motorists are now recording their journeys with in-car cameras, not to mention cameras strapped to cycle helmets and motorcyclists. Dash-cams are one of the most popular additions to cars and bike helmets alike, but are they helping or hindering road safety?
In a previous article, we discussed the effect dash-cam footage is having on motoring offence prosecutions in Norfolk with police reporting they have received nearly 500 submissions of footage in the last 12 months.
Not only do Dash-cams monitor other peoples driving, they may also cause the owner of the dash cam to subconsciously drive safer just by knowing their driving is being recorded.
Dash-cams not only help in claims where you are the victim, but can also prove invaluable in fraudulent claims as demonstrated by the video below which was widely circulated on social media, and which shows a moped driver intentionally crashing into a car before throwing himself onto the bonnet whilst his presumed associate acts as a witness. When the driver points out she has a dash cam installed, the pair ran off.
Commenting on the matter, Steve Green, partner at Fosters Solicitors stated "dash-cam footage can provide vital evidence for motorists involved in incidents where they were not at fault helping them gain the compensation they deserve, whilst at the same time filtering out the fraudulent claims."
Equally, if you have been accused of causing a road traffic accident which wasn't your fault then contact your insurers as a matter of urgency.