Dashcams have become increasingly popular for drivers in NYC, and for good reason. These small cameras, mounted on the dashboard of a car, record the road ahead. The camera footage captured in an accident can prove to be the most compelling and relevant in a serious car accident injury case.
What is a Dashcam?
A dashcam is a specialized, small camera typically mounted on the dashboard or windshield of a car, truck, SUV, or another vehicle. Once found only on police vehicles, many drivers now choose to mount a dashcam as a safety measure. The dashcam footage could reveal the cause of an accident – especially important in cases in which the responsible party does not accept responsibility or the insurance company fails to make a fair settlement offer.
How Dashcams Can Help New York Injury Claims
The dashcam footage captured before, during, and following a collision can reveal who was actually responsible for an auto accident. In many cases, the video captured by the camera is all that is necessary to prove another driver acted in a negligent manner, whether by speeding, violating traffic laws, driving erratically or recklessly, making unsafe turns, or any other negligent driving conduct. Should the insurance company challenge a claim, the dashcam footage is often the definitive piece of evidence, leading to a fair settlement or jury award.
Legal Options for Individuals Involved in Car Accidents
Any individual injured in a vehicle accident caused by another driver has two options: File an insurance claim against the at-fault driver’s auto insurance or file a lawsuit. In some cases, the injuries sustained are so serious that the limits on the at-fault driver’s insurance are not sufficient to cover the extent of the losses experienced by the injured. In these cases, a lawsuit can be filed to seek fair and full compensation. When an insurance company fails to make a reasonable offer for compensation, the case can be taken to civil court to seek justice and the level of compensation the injured party deserves.
Legal Representation in Car Accident Cases in NYC
Cases of severe injuries or death require the support of a personal injury attorney to manage all aspects of the claim or lawsuit and to protect the rights of the injured or the family when a loved one sustains fatal injuries. Every detail of the case should be managed by a professional who understands New York law and can correctly value all damages.
An attorney can ensure all relevant evidence is obtained and preserved and a well-documented case is presented to an insurance company or to the jury in civil court. Dashcam footage can offer accurate information about what occurred, including the speeds of the vehicles involved in the collision, weather conditions, and other information that will speed up the resolution of a high-value injury claim or lawsuit. The dashcam footage can also prevent false claims that the injured party was at fault, in whole or in part.
Types of Injuries and the Value of a Claim or Lawsuit
To determine the value of a claim or lawsuit, a personal injury attorney often calls upon professional resources from medical experts, accident reconstruction experts, and financial experts. An individual who has suffered severe injuries may be facing a lifetime of challenges and may be unable to work or live the lifestyle enjoyed prior to the accident. All of these issues will be given a dollar value. The more serious the injuries, the higher the value. Some of the most common serious injuries sustained in auto accidents that should result in a high-value settlement or jury award include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Multiple bone fractures
- Internal injuries
- Permanent disabilities
Injured in a Car Accident in New York? Contact WRSMH today.
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP (WRSMH), cases of serious or fatal injuries can be handled by a law firm that has recovered over $1 billion in damages for the injured. When dashcam footage is available, the firm can evaluate the data and, if appropriate, present the footage as evidence in a claim or lawsuit.
The attorneys at the firm have achieved a remarkable level of success and are among the most respected injury law firms in NYC. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries or a loved one passed away after an accident, it is imperative that you have the support of a law firm that knows its way around the courtroom. Every case is prepared for trial, and our legal team is widely known as being one of the most successful in the region.
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