4 Proven Benefits of Dash Cameras for Drivers and Carriers
Drivers cover thousands of miles. They are always on the road, which implies they are also more likely to be involved in traffic accidents. Heavy-duty vehicles are massive, and are often the first to be blamed when incidents occur. However, the Ohio Department of Transportation has found that of all fatal accidents involving a heavy-duty vehicle and a car, the truck driver was responsible in only 10% to 15% of cases. Correctly assessing fault requires solid evidence, such as video. Here are 4 benefits to using dash cameras to maximize the safety of your fleet.
1. Understanding the Context of an Accident
Thousands of heavy-duty vehicle accidents caught on video by dashboard cameras have been uploaded to YouTube. A quick search for “dash cam truck accident” yields over 656,000 hits. In several videos, cars drift from their lane and end up in an unfortunate position before being hit by a truck. Unfortunately, trucks don’t always have the time or room to avoid collisions. Besides physical injuries caused by accidents, the cost of damages can climb quickly.
It can be hard to determine who is at fault without images to provide context to the accident. Vehicle damage is the first element to be examined when attempting to reconstruct an accident. Given a truck’s weight, the damage cars can sustain is impressive. However, if the accident was caught on video using a dash cam, the context of the accident can be easily demonstrated. Drivers may be exonerated by showing that their driving was not at fault.
2. Presenting Irrefutable Evidence
Video enables drivers to not only establish the context of an accident but also to prove their innocence. It is irrefutable proof that helps avoid conflicting viewpoints, such as the truck driver’s word against the motorist’s. Facts are clear and not open to interpretation.