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Should You Have a Dashcam?

Having an extra set of eyes on the road has its advantages, especially concerning unsafe driving and collisions. Dashcams are small video cameras mounted within a car to capture footage when driving. As drivers get to know the advantages of the dashcam, sales have been continuously increasing, storage and quality of the cameras have been improving, and prices have been dropping. Today, video surveillance is all around us, so why not incorporate it on the road. Here are 5 reasons to consider purchasing a dashcam.

  1. First-Hand Evidence of Your Car Accident

Having footage of an accident will provide efficient, straight-to-the-point proof in case of an accident. If the accident is your word against theirs, or there is any shadow of a doubt about what may have happened, a video is the strongest proof for defending yourself.

2. Keep an Eye on Your Vehicle

Dashcams can watch – like a security camera – for many hours at a time. Certain cameras are motion-activated and turn on when someone gets in the car, or if the car has been hit or scraped. This is extremely beneficial for situations where someone may bump your car, or in cases of attempted theft. Getting the notification that your dashcam has been turned on gives you access to observe what is happening and lets you keep an eye on your vehicle. In cases where theft, and/or a hit and run occurs, having the dashcam will provide evidence.

3. Catching Events

Having a dashcam will help you catch events on video that you would not have otherwise. Drivers have used their dashcam to capture footage of wildlife, relive scenic road trips, and catch strange events witnessed on the road. Additionally, a dashcam is a perfect solution for undisciplined drivers. Reckless, irresponsible drivers are a great danger on the road, and reporting bad behavior is difficult without proof. Using the footage from your dashcam to catch the license plate number, and report reckless, dangerous driving gives you the proof you need to report the driver.

4. Extra Eyes

Overall, dashcams have an abundance of useful features and functions, but having the available footage of a camera gives you a reliable witness even when you’re alone. They allow you to keep an eye on your vehicle when parked, or if you want to keep an eye on that new driver in your life. Your vehicle is an important asset and should be surveyed and protected.

These are some things to consider when deciding to buy a dashcam. Accidents do happen, so it may be beneficial to have a dashcam as they can help save time, money, and stress.

CLG Injury Law has over 35 years’ experience representing Atlantic Canadians who have suffered injuries following a motor vehicle accident. For more articles and safety tips, go to or subscribe to our newsletter.

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