Initially very popular in Russia, dashcams are now increasingly used in the United States to protect drivers from other drivers fibs after crashes.
The ABC 7 Chicago I-Team reports on a way to potentially save money and defend motorists from false claims in a car accident.
The I-Team found …
an instance where a dashcam helped fight off a citation,
examples where driver successfully fight allegations from other drivers, and
incidents where third parties post videos and shame other drivers, showcasing near misses and crashes online.
One motorist used a dashcam to fight a traffic ticket for rolling through a red light. The dashcam video showed that he stopped. Motorists have claimed that red light videos have been edited (intentionally or accidentally) to make it appear that drivers don’t stop when make right-on-red turns.
No mainstream automakers offer dashcams as a factory-installed accessory, but automotive experts expect a dashcam manufacturer option to be on the horizon.
Dashcams qualify motorists for an insurance discount in the United Kingdom, but so far no U.S. insurers are offering a discount for using a dashcam.
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