Following a car accident, you may not realize the significant role fault allocation plays in your ability to recover monetary compensation for your damages. However, depending on which negligence system your state follows, your ability to recover financial compensation for your losses may be diminished if you bear any degree of fault for the cause of the accident. Generally, those involved typically have a difficult time remembering the events leading up to the accident which makes it harder to establish liability. This can make it challenging for victims to fulfill the burden of proof. Nevertheless, if a motorist had a dashboard camera, also called a dashcam, to record the collision it could help prove the other party’s negligence. Keep reading to learn how a dashcam can help you win your car accident case and discover how our adept Washington, D.C. Car Accident Lawyers can help you seek reasonable compensation for your losses stemming from the accident.
How can a dashcam impact my car accident case?
Since a dashcam captures the actual events of the collision it can either work in your favor or against you. Therefore, if you were at fault for the cause of the collision, the dashcam recording will show your contribution to the cause of the accident which could diminish your ability to collect compensation for your damages. However, if you were not at fault for the collision, it can help you satisfy the burden of proof which will maximize your chances of recovering compensation for your losses.
A dashcam can capture what occurred before, during, and right after an accident. This means there will be clear evidence of what caused the collision to occur and who was responsible. In a car accident case, it is extremely difficult for the defendant to dispute a dashcam recording as it shows the actual events of the accident. A dashcam can reveal valuable evidence that supports your claim and proves to the court that the other party was at fault. Additionally, in some cases, it can also show that the negligent motorist also violated the law. For instance, if a motorist ran a red light and struck your vehicle as a result of neglecting to abide by the rules of the road.
Furthermore, it is important to note that a dashcam can work against you as Washington D.C. follows a contributory negligence system. Under a contributory negligence system, victims cannot recover any compensation for their losses stemming from an accident if they bear any percentage of fault for the cause of the collision. A victim’s negligence, even as little as 1%, bars them from recovering any compensation for their economic and non-economic damages. If a dashcam reveals that you contributed to the cause of the collision, you will lose your right to recover compensation for your damages. However, if you did not contribute to the cause of the collision, the dashcam footage will help you prove the other party’s negligence directly caused your injuries and damages.
If you were injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, please contact one of our determined team members. Our firm is prepared to aggressively fight on your behalf to help you achieve favorable results.