Dashboard cameras, also known as “dashcams,” are nowadays used by many people recording their driving everyday experiences. However, some people use dashboard cameras to provide evidence in case they get involved in a car accident.
If you or someone you love have been injured in an auto accident, and you need to know if you can use your dashboard camera’s video as evidence in your case, you should consult an auto accident attorney in Tampa.
What Are Dashboard Cameras?
A dashboard-mounted video camera is a device fixed to a spot on your car that can be used to record sound and video. These dashboard cameras are usually facing the front and looking out the front windshield. A dashcam could also look out the rear window if the state law permits this.
A dashcam can start recording automatically as soon as your car is turned on. However, you may activate it manually at the time you want to use it. It may also be adjusted to start when your car is parked to record a potential hit-and-run while you are outside your vehicle for shopping.
You should keep in mind that the data storage capacity of a dashcam is limited. Typically, a dash cam can record approximately six hours. You will have to save the footage you want manually. Otherwise, it will overwrite older footage. Like most cameras, dashboard cameras are user friendly. Nevertheless, you should make a test recording to make sure that the video’s quality is clear, and then you are ready to go.
When Can I Use A Dashboard Camera
If you plan to use a dashcam in Florida, you should learn about the applicable state laws.
First of all, you have to ensure that the dashcam does not qualify as a windshield obstruction. The Florida law states that a driver cannot operate a motor vehicle when something on the front windshield, side wings, or windows obscures or obstructs the driver’s view of the road.
If you comply with the above rule, then there is no other law explicitly forbidding you to use dashboard cameras in Florida.
The wiretapping laws in Florida that concern all electronic devices require permission from the person you are recording if your dashboard camera is recording audio. However, there is an exception to the electronic audio surveillance law regarding recording police officers and other public servants. Your dash cam may pick up sounds and record conversations of people that are passing by your car. You should either keep your audio recording function off or inform people that they are being recorded. Otherwise, you will be breaking the law.
If you are recording police officers, you must remember not to argue with them and kindly inform them that you are aware of your right to record a public servant’s conversation while on duty.
Dashcam Footage Used As Evidence In A Car Accident Case
Your dashboard camera footage may be allowed to be admitted for a car accident claim case if the video shows clear and convincing evidence for a specific fact you need to prove in court. In the same way, you may use footage from security surveillance cameras from the buildings around the accident area.
The video recording may be admissible in court when:
- It clearly shows a specific alleged fact concerning the car accident case
- It is authentic, and the person who recorded it testifies about it
The dashboard camera footage may be beneficial in car accident cases to prove the at-fault driver’s reckless behavior. Moreover, in a hit-and-run accident, the video recording may provide evidence of fault if the vehicle and license plate were depicted.
Unfortunately, sometimes you may not be able to support your car accident claim with your dashcam footage. If the footage is not clear or dark, and the accident scene is not adequately captured, it will not be useful for your accident case.
Contact A Car Accident Attorney In Tampa
If you or someone you love were involved in a car accident and you want to file a compensation claim, you should consult a car accident lawyer and protect your right to recover your damages fully.
Call us at Winters and Yonker law firm for your free consultation. Our team of experienced auto accident attorneys will review your case and guide you in collecting evidence, evaluating their usefulness and their potential to be accepted in court.