If you get hurt because a commercial truck collided with you while you were driving, you may face challenges gathering evidence to show that you were not at fault. However, the truck itself could determine the facts of the case through its dash cams.
Trucking companies use safety technologies on their trucks to train their drivers and help their truckers avoid crashes. Dash cams are a common video telematic that many trucks feature. Here is a look at what dash cam footage could tell you regarding a truck accident.
Truck driver behavior
A dash cam trained on the truck cab can record what a truck driver was doing at the time of a collision. If the trucker acted appropriately before the accident, you should notice an absence of unsafe driving behaviors such as distracted driving. Conversely, you could learn that the truck driver was looking at a phone or laptop or was otherwise occupied at the time of the crash.
Events on the road
The recording of a dash cam directed to the outside of the truck can replay how a crash occurred. You could learn the events that led up to your crash. Possible tailgating on the part of the truck, a rolling stop or a failure to slow the truck before a ramp or curve are all possibilities.
In addition to establishing unknown facts, dash cam footage may correct incorrect recollections of a truck accident. The truck driver may not know exactly what had happened or is not being truthful. Whatever the case, the authoritative nature of dash cam video can make a difference in establishing fault in a truck accident.