The video from dashboard-mounted cameras, better known as dashcams, is legal to use in New York as evidence– as long as the device is properly mounted in your car. They are legal federally, however in New York, they could be seen as electronic surveillance devices, for which the state has strict laws.
Yet, dashcam videos can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your claim. The videos offer proof that another driver or entity was responsible for the collision. This kind of evidence can save a great deal of time and money when it comes to settling your claim.
If you have dashcam video that shows you were not at fault for an accident, the New York City car accident lawyers at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green can help. We protect your rights and fight aggressively so you may receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
How Dash Cams Work
Although a lot depends on the model– they record footage while you are driving. As soon as you turn on the ignition, it starts. They record on continuous loops via 3-minute segments on an SD card, and may not record audio.
Legal Dash Cam Video
In New York, it is always legal to capture video via a dashcam as long as the camera is focused on the road and not other specific vehicles or people. New York statutes permit you to record a conversation in which you are taking part. However, you cannot record a conversation if the people being recorded are unaware of what you are doing.
Dash Cam Video Warnings
While it is legal to use a dashcam in New York, there is a distinct possibility that you could receive a ticket if the camera obstructs the view of the road. That means you cannot affix them to the car’s windshield. The best place to put it is on the front passenger side corner. Make sure it is not obscuring rear-view mirror or could potentially interfere with airbags if you have a crash.
When shopping for one, purchase the smallest camera that will fill your needs. If you drive a good deal at night, look for a model with upgraded sensors for night vision.
Other Physical Evidence
Dashcam video is not the only physical evidence you may need to support your claim. After a crash, take photos of the accident scene, including the damage done to all vehicles and any injuries. In addition, photograph road conditions and anything else, such as a construction site, that may have contributed to the crash.
If there are eyewitnesses, obtain their names and contact information and try to record a statement. You will also need a police report and your medical reports. Always seek medical attention promptly after a car accident, even if you do not think you were seriously injured.
Car Accident Damages
New York is a no-fault insurance state, which means that drivers involved in minor accidents file medical and lost wages claims directly with their insurance companies, no matter who was at fault. However, if a person suffered serious injuries or their Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance was insufficient to pay all medical bills, they may file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Car accident damages may include:
- Medical expenses, current, and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
A personal injury attorney knows a fair settlement for a client’s case and negotiates with the insurance company to achieve it. Dashcam video evidence is an excellent tool for proving the validity of a claim.
Contact us at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green
Dashcam evidence can prove quite valuable in determining the outcome of your claim. The New York City personal injury lawyers at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green will view your video and let you know whether it meets the criteria for use as evidence in your case. We will advise you of your options in pursuing your claim. Arrange a free consultation by completing our online form or calling or texting us 24/7. Our firm serves all five boroughs. While most claims are settled, our dedicated attorneys will take your case to court when necessary. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless you receive compensation.