When there are disputes over who caused a truck collision, the injured victim will have the burden of proving the trucker’s and trucking company’s negligence. Evidence, such as photographs of the damage to the vehicles, witness statements, and expert witness testimony, can be useful. In addition, the trucker’s daily log, his employment file, the truck’s black box, and the trucking company’s written policies and procedures can prove violations of federal regulations and other negligent actions. Another strong piece of evidence that should not be overlooked is the truck’s dash cam footage.
Two Types of Truck Dash Cameras and the Footage They Show
Dash cameras have only recently been installed in some commercial trucks by trucking companies to improve safety and prevent at least some truck driver negligent behaviors. There are no federal regulations requiring trucking companies to install them in trucks. There are two types of dash cams, and they provide different information in an accident:
Driver-facing dashboard cameras.
Similar to dash cams in police cars, these cameras record the truck driver’s activities while he was driving. This footage can help show if he was engaged in any dangerous practices, such as driving when drowsy, intoxicated, eating and drinking, texting, or other distracted driving practices, at the time of your crash.
Front-facing cameras record what is happening in front of the truck. The footage can show if the trucker was driving too close to another vehicle, made a dangerous lane change, or was negligent when making a wide turn. This information in combination with the data from the black box can help determine how the wreck occurred.
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