Should you install a dashcam?

More and more drivers in Tennessee are turning to dashboard cameras to document their driving.

The cameras are affordable and provide a worry-free way to record potential accidents. So, should you consider a dashcam?

The benefits of a camera

Dashcams come with a lot of benefits for anyone on the road. They provide a peace of mind in knowing any incident is automatically recorded.

They can also eliminate he said/she said arguments that frequently come after collisions.

Providing concrete proof of what happened can even speed up injury claims. Dashboard cameras can help convey the seriousness of an impact. Visual evidence of how hard your car was hit can reinforce your injury claims.

They can also instill you with safe driving habits. There is added incentive to drive carefully when every minute is being filmed and can be reviewed.

Dashcams can prove that someone deliberately stopped in front of you or backed into your car. This helps diffuse insurance fraud scams before they happen.

Know their limitations

Dashcams are not perfect. They have limitations, including the fact that these cameras record no matter who is at fault. This means if your driving injures someone, your dashcam will show just that.

It’s illegal to tamper with evidence, so never delete footage. Even if it shows you were in the wrong, you should not delete it.

Additionally, dashcams can miss details that may be important to your claim. Things like driving behavior from a parallel lane or texting drivers may not be filmed.

It’s important to maintain safe driving habits even with a dashcam. They are not flawless and can fail, like any technology. These devices typically won't give you an insurance discount with most providers, although it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Using all tools available

Dashboard cameras are another tool Tennessee drivers can use to protect themselves on the road. If you’re ever in a serious accident, having footage of what took place can help you with the resulting insurance claims.

They can reinforce your testimony, and provide clarity in a confusing situation.

Just know that dashboard camera footage alone isn’t enough to win an injury claim. Having skilled legal representation should always be part of your injury claims process.

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