You might be driving along on a Sunday morning, looking forward the relaxing day ahead of you. Suddenly, another car jumps in front of you and brakes. You feel a sudden jolt, hear a horrible crunching sound and maybe even feel an airbag in your face.
The other driver cut you off and caused the accident, but you might be too distracted in the moment to remember the details later. Luckily, there are devices that could do all the work for you. A dashboard camera (dash cam) can record what happens while driving and potentially show who was at fault in an accident.
What do dash cams see?
The most common use of a dash cam is to look out the front windshield and record what the driver sees. Some are meant to record behind the car, and some even record what happens inside the vehicle too. It could be possible to have a record of almost every factor in an accident with all that footage.
Are dash cams legal?
It is understandable to worry about whether recording the entire world can cause legal issues. Luckily, there are no laws specifically prohibiting such recording devices in New Mexico. You can legally record both audio and video if you are in public—which of course includes the road.
How can a dash cam help my case?
Because dash cams are legal to use, you may be able to use such footage to prove who is liable. The information gathered from a dash cam could help your case by showing:
- Whether there were any hazards that were not visible
- Whether someone ignored a traffic signal
- Whether someone was trying to commit vehicle insurance fraud
- The identity of someone in a hit-and-run accident
A dash cam can provide an objective point of view to show who was responsible for your car accident. This can be a valuable tool to help you get the compensation you deserve.