The Role of Dashcams in Proving Fault in California Car Accident Cases

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Car accidents can be a traumatic and life-altering experience, leaving victims and their families grappling with physical and emotional injuries and financial burdens. We understand the challenges you face, and our goal is to provide support and guidance during these trying times. 

One tool that can help alleviate some of the uncertainty surrounding car accident cases is the dashcam. In this article, our California car accident attorneys explore the role of dashcams in proving fault in California car accident cases and discuss how they can help accident victims and personal injury attorneys achieve a fair outcome.

The Impact of Dashcams on Evidence Gathering

Dashcams can play a crucial role in gathering evidence after an accident by providing an unbiased, objective record of the events leading up to the collision. This video evidence can make it easier to establish fault by revealing important details that may not be apparent from witness statements, or police reports alone. 

For example, dashcam footage can demonstrate whether a driver was speeding, ran a red light, or failed to yield the right of way, making it invaluable in determining liability.

Moreover, dashcam recordings can provide a timeline of events that is difficult to dispute, which can be particularly helpful when multiple parties are involved in an accident. This can save time and resources during the investigation and help to streamline the legal process for all parties involved.

Admissibility of Dashcam Footage in Court

In California, dashcam footage is generally admissible as evidence in court provided it meets certain criteria. The footage must be relevant to the case, authentic, and reliable. When using dashcam video footage, you must show a proper chain of custody and proof that the video was not altered in any way.

It’s important to recognize that despite the persuasive nature of dashcam footage, it doesn’t guarantee a successful outcome in a car accident case. The final verdict relies on a comprehensive evaluation of all evidence presented, such as: 

  • Witness statements
  • Police reports
  • Expert testimony

In fact, some footage may actually show that you were more at fault for the accident than the other party. Nevertheless, dashcam recordings can contribute significantly as a convincing piece of evidence.

Proper Dashcam Placement

When installing a dashcam in your vehicle, it is crucial to adhere to California law to avoid potential legal issues. According to California Vehicle Code Section 26708, dashcams can be legally mounted in the following areas:

  • 7-inch square area in the lower right corner of the windshield
  • 5-inch square area in the lower left corner (driver’s side)
  • 5-inch square area in the upper center portion of the windshield behind the rearview mirror

Ensuring your dashcam is placed within these designated areas not only complies with the law but also maintains visibility and safety for the driver.

The Importance of Legal Representation

Though dashcam footage can be a valuable tool in proving fault in a car accident case, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side is crucial. A skilled attorney will know how to effectively use dashcam evidence to support your claim and navigate the complex legal process to pursue fair compensation for your injuries.

Our California personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact that car accidents can have on victims and their families. We are committed to using our expertise and resources, including the strategic use of dashcam footage, to fight for justice on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact us today for a free consultation. Let us help you navigate the road to recovery with the care and support you deserve.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.