Can footage from dashcams be used in court?

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

You are probably familiar with at least one instance of a crime, accident or some other altercation caught on camera. This is happening with increasing frequency due to the widespread use of personal recording equipment.

If you have been in an accident and are planning on seeking compensation for damages, you may be wondering if footage caught on a dashboard camera or cell phone can assist you with your claim.

How can video help?

New York is notorious for busy streets, crowded sidewalks and rushing pedestrians. This combination can be hazardous and may even cause collisions and falls. How do you prove what really happened in these situations?

Dashboard cameras, or dashcams, are often useful for proving liability in car accidents. These recordings usually include time stamps and sound, offering many details of the incident in question. You can also use this type of footage to contest a traffic ticket if you believe you are innocent of the charge.

Mountable action cameras, which are often used by cyclists and bikers and attached to their helmets, can also provide useful recordings in traffic and accident cases.

Is this admissible evidence?

This video proof is almost always admissible. Whether the recorded by a cell phone, dashcam, or action camera, chances are high that there is valuable evidence of what occurred on the footage.

Regardless of what type of accident you have been in or what type of injury you have sustained, recorded video of the incident may make the difference between winning and losing your court case.