4 reasons why you need a witness camera
by Fiona Taylor
Is an in-vehicle witness camera actually useful?
You are completing your daily vehicle checks, you are using vehicle tracking so you can see how they are being driven, and what speeds the drivers are driving at. Then you get an insurance claim against you for something that your driver is adamant didn’t happen. How do you prove fault? How can you show exactly what your driver was doing?
We see so many crazy manoeuvres on the roads now it makes sense to be able to keep a visual record, but how?
Witness cameras, or dash cams! Here are 4 reasons why you need a dash cam.
1. Driving accidents
A car accident can be one of the worst experiences you have ever had the misfortune to be involved in. If, thankfully, there are no serious injuries, then the blaming starts – ‘you cut me up’, ‘you shouldn’t have braked so hard’, ‘I will sue you’.
We all would love an easy way to avoid all of this behaviour. Installing a witness camera can reduce many post-accident legal headaches by recording the facts. The video above shows a van just pulling out across the traffic.
2. Parking accidents
Sometimes issues arise when you are parking the vehicles, or you have left it parked somewhere and someone parks next to you. The driver of another car you might scrape yours when pulling out, or do even more damage, you are not there to see, but your witness camera is.
When you leave your vehicle unattended—whether in a parking garage or your own driveway—you have no idea what could happen to it. The beauty of dashcams is that they don’t have to stop recording when you park your car. Since many are hardwired to a permanent feed, you can leave these cameras on while you’re away. Or they can have motion detection, so start saving footage if something is detected.
3. Insurance Fraud
After being involved in an accident with another driver, you swap details and all is good – or so you think. You pass everything to the insurance company who come back to say that the details that you have given are wrong. They are saying that someone else was driving the vehicle.
No, I hear you cry, this just won’t happen. Well it will, and it does! An in-car witness camera solution will provide you with some evidence of who was outside of the vehicle at the time to swap details.
4. Capturing the unexpected
This is probably my favourite reason. There are situations that happen that you may never see again, you might never see them at all if it wasn’t for your dash cam. There was a meteor that entered the earths atmosphere over Russia in February 2013. The video above shows footage taken on a dash cam in a parked car. You can see the meteor as it enters the earth’s atmosphere and soars past the landscape.
If you want to know more about witness cameras, how they can help you, and what they will cost then give one of the team a call at Satmo on 01274 587748 and we can put you in touch with a specialist who can help you.