A guide to vehicle accident cameras

An in vehicle camera or dashboard camera does exactly what it says on the tin. Perched on your dash and running on either battery power or plugged into your vehicle, they record everything you as the driver see and are invaluable as supporting evidence should anything go wrong.

Who could benefit from a dashboard camera?

Vehicle accident cameras are a valuable piece of kit, both for regular motorists and those who rely on their vehicles for their livelihoods. The dramatic rise in pre-meditated accidents or so-called ‘crash for cash’ scams has seen many innocent motorists subjected to costly insurance payouts, litigation and court cases, where often it is a matter of one party’s word against the other. Even when there has been a genuine accident, a lack of witnesses, conflicting reports and exaggerated whiplash claims can all make proving your innocence a tricky, expensive and extremely stressful task.

For companies who operate and manage fleets of cars, vans or buses, the risk of falling prey to crash for cash scammers can be a serious threat, with terrible consequences for trade. Taxi or lorry drivers and those who rely on maintaining a clean licence for their work are particularly vulnerable. As well as capturing supporting evidence if you’re in a no-fault collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian, vehicle cameras can also capture incidents of road rage, risky driving by other motorists or fare dodging, and can also be of help in insurance claims if your car is hit when it is parked and stationary.

The use of vehicle cameras is often actively encouraged by insurance companies, and vehicle accident cameras are now widely recognised as a valuable tool in combatting these types of fraud. The footage they record is admissible as evidence when it comes to insurance claims and court proceedings, making them an essential piece of equipment for both private users and those who rely on their vehicles for their work.

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What vehicle accident cameras can do

As with all technology, vehicle accident cameras have evolved and become ever more sophisticated. Cameras such as the Smart Witness KP1 and SVC1080 have intelligent features to help give you better protection, including 3G and 4G transmission, Google Map integration and the ability to record the force of an impact. Others can record high-definition images and allow you to watch them live or in playback, ensuring that everything is captured and safely stored, should you rely on the footage at a later date.

The vast majority of modern vehicle cameras also feature a built-in microphone and speaker, giving you the option to record audio as well as visual footage. Others also include an integrated speed sensor which can prove vital in proving you were maintaining a safe speed when an accident took place.

Advances in the technology behind these cameras mean you can now keep recording for longer, often upwards of eight hours. Footage is recorded straight to an SD memory card and can easily be downloaded to your computer for future use if an incident takes place. Once the memory card is full, the system will automatically begin to re-record over the oldest footage, reducing the risk of you losing vital evidence before you have a chance to download and save it.

Top of the range vehicle accident cameras take the technology one step further, with some allowing drivers to install up to sixteen on-board vehicle cameras, ensuring that every angle is captured. With 360° visibility and high-definition images, these cameras can integrate with your TomTom telematics or Webfleet platforms to better keep track of your movements. Videos can also be sent direct to your email, allowing instant access to footage.

Better protection, safer driving

With vehicle cameras becoming not only more intelligent but more affordable, investing in one of the latest, most advanced models is a wise move for any motorist. Whether you’re driving as part of everyday life or for work, having that additional level of protection and support can make all the difference if you’re involved in an incident.

Driving can be an unpredictable business, but with vehicle accident cameras, you’re covered for every eventuality. Having a vehicle camera means having peace of mind when you’re out and about on the roads.