Can A Dash-Cam Really Help In A Car Crash Lawsuit?

Everyone likes to think that they drive responsibly on the road, and for most drivers in Florida, that’s absolutely true. Getting a driving license means having passed the minimum standards required for controlling an automobile and maintaining situational awareness of road conditions. But even when someone is driving responsibly, that doesn’t mean that a 100% safe driving experience is guaranteed.

There are plenty of factors that can lead to a traffic accident. Someone making a poor judgment call and deciding to drive while tired may experience lower-than-normal reaction times. Some portions of Florida road are poorly constructed, and so faulty road conditions may lead to a mishap. And of course, while a person may be in complete control of his or her vehicle, there’s no accounting for the level of skill and attentiveness of other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians like children.

This is one of the reasons why, for modern drivers, it’s always a good precaution to consider buying, installing and using a “dash cam.” If you’re not familiar with this concept, we’ll explain.

The Unblinking Eye

The “dash-cam” is the nickname for a device known as a “dashboard camera.” This is a modern, digital video camera, capable of recording hours of footage. Like all modern cameras, it is very small, but packs a lot of power, capable of recording images in high definition, for clear, crisp imagery. More high end models even have good “night vision” capabilities so they are capable of capturing clear footage even after the sun has gone down, and other cameras would struggle with street lighting.

Dash cams are mounted a variety of ways on cars. Some of them sit on the dashboard of the car, as the name implies, while others go on the windshield, or even the rear view mirror. Some dash cams come in a pair, with one dash-cam lens pointed out at the front of the car to record traffic activity, while another is aimed at the rear of the car, either to record rear road activity, or, in some cases, passenger behavior.

Why It Matters

A dash cam can be a crucial piece of modern car technology for one very important reason; evidence collection. In the event of an accident, one of the first things that will need to be determined for both insurance and legal purposes is who is at fault in the accident. Whether multiple people are at fault, or only the driver is responsible, the key factor will be whether there is evidence to support the assignment of fault to one person or another.

Prior to the spread of dashboard cameras, determining fault was usually reliant on two immediate sources; eye-witness account, and driver testimony. Physical evidence could, of course, also play a role but that would involve the participation of experts such as forensic analysts, or accident reconstruction experts to piece together what happened after the fact.

If there were no eye-witnesses at the scene, then police and insurance agencies are forced to rely on the honesty, and accuracy of participant testimonial. In the worst case scenarios, a driver will deliberately lie in order to avoid blame. But even in the best case scenarios, with participants trying to answer as honestly as they can, the speed with which an accident occurs, and where a driver’s attention was at the time can all contribute to a less than precise account.

With a dash cam installed and properly running, something is dutifully recording all forward traffic activity at every moment you are on the road. In some cases, dash cams may even be tied to motion sensors, so even when a car is parked, if someone walks past the vehicle and decides to deface it—or someone parking makes an error, causing a minor fender-bender—that act is preserved.

This means that if there’s any question at all of what happened, what the sequence of events were, or even what time the accident took place at, there is surveillance footage available to view. And that footage is admissible as evidence if a case needs to go to court. Raw, unedited dash cam footage is always going to trump an eye-witness testimony because while memory may be faulty, a camera recording is not.

If you find yourself in a situation where you’ve been in a car accident, and the other driver is claiming that you’re at fault, even though you know you’re not, the dash cam may be the crucial piece of evidence that not only saves you from fending off a false lawsuit, it may even open up the accuser to a lawsuit if the footage supports your claim that that other driver as at fault.

If you’re in a car accident and you think you want to go to court, talk to an experienced auto accident attorney about your legal options.


Client Testimonials

Attorney David Goldman has been exceptional in the process of helping me through the case. He has always been easy to reach, whether by phone or email, and has thorough knowledge and explains clearly in depth so you feel safe and confident in your lawyer

I used Michael Babboni and his paralegal, Nicole Moore for a legal matter. They went above and beyond my expectations. During the entire process there was constant communication with both Michael and Nicole. They were extremely organized and on top of my case, which I am very grateful for. Michael truly had my best interests at heart and he was very genuine. I plan on referring Michael to all family and friends and will continue to use him in the future.

I dealt most with Mr. Fernandez. I didn’t know a lot about this process. He took the time to speak with me individually, in person, to explain everything. It was very helpful to actually know and understand the process and what to expect. He closed my case quickly, which was nice that it was not prolonged! I appreciated his hard work and getting me what I felt I deserved after my car accident. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an honest and reliable lawyer to assist you with your case!

I hired Mr. Walsh after an automobile accident this past March. He and his entire staff were extremely professional. They kept me informed every step of the way and settled my case in a timely manner. Thank you so much for your help.


Law Offices Near You

Sarasota Office



2822 University Parkway Sarasota Florida 34243

Bradenton Office



1215 Manatee Ave West Bradenton Florida 34205

St. Petersburg Office

St. Petersburg


6446 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Florida 33707

Lakewood Ranch Office



9040 Town Center Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch Florida 34202

Venice Office



3986 S. Tamiami Trail Venice Florida 34293

Englewood Office



2960 S. McCall Rd Englewood Florida 34224

Punta Gorda Office

Punta Gorda


122 Nesbit St, Suite 113, Punta Gorda Florida 33950

Port Charlotte Office

Port Charlotte


3986 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte Florida 33952

Arcadia Office



10 South DeSoto Avenue Arcadia Florida 34266

Fort Myers Office

Fort Myers


8359 Beacon Blvd Fort Myers Florida 33907

Lakeland Office



5137 S. Lakeland Dr. Lakeland Florida 33813

Get personal attention from a lawyer with decades of experience.