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The potential saving graces of dash cameras

Driving accidents in Michigan don't always leave tell-tale evidence of exactly what happened and the drivers involved often give conflicting versions of events. The use of dash cameras may be a great source of evidence in automobile crashes without witnesses, or when the facts of who caused the accident are in dispute.

Answered questions

There are times when an accident appears to be a solo event, where the driver lost control of the vehicle, perhaps due to speed, causing injury or even death. If there are no witnesses, however, or the driver can't relay exactly what went wrong, it may be impossible to know what really occurred.

However, if there was a dash camera, holes in the evidence can be filled and questions answered. 

Cameras provide clarity

Answers surrounding car accidents can also be scarce if a driver involved in a collision does not recall the accident or realize the cause. A driver may presume he or she must have been at fault since no other driver was in the crash. Some drivers are finding that a dash camera can be a helpful tool for evidence finding, after the fact.

For instance, a camera may reveal road rage behaviors of a second vehicle that affected the driver involved in the accident. If that second driver drove off, either unwittingly or to avoid involvement in an accident investigation, a camera may show that. A camera recording the roadway may be able to determine the cause of the crash, possibly changing the liable party from the one who had the collision to someone else. A secondary driver can cause an accident not just due to road rage, but distracted driving as well.

Moreover, a camera with clarity may be able to record the license plate of the phantom vehicle. Police and accident investigators may use that plate investigation to find the other vehicles involved in the accident. Although the footage will likely not identify the driver, it may very well aid in any police investigation as to the cause of the accident.  

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