For those who haven’t heard of a dashcam, it is simply a small camera that people install either on their dashboard or the inside of their windshield. The purpose of a dashcam is to record the events of the drive. These little cameras are inexpensive, easy to find online or in stores, and pretty simple to use. So why should you, as a trucker, need one? Here are three reasons why.
Getting into an accident on the road is a worst-case scenario, especially for a freight truck. And often, when it comes to settling insurance, or even lawsuits, there isn’t enough documentation to confirm what actually happened. Between contributory negligence laws in Maryland and how much less of a margin for error truck drivers have when it comes to accidents, having evidence to show that you weren’t responsible for an accident can save your career. A dashcam provides that amount of insurance by capturing objective video evidence to protect you.
Stop Road Rage
Truckers often have to deal with the road rage of reckless and impatient drivers. And there are times when road rage can get to a dangerous level. Having a dashcam means that you can easily take note of these drivers, even when you’re caught off guard, without having to try to write it down. If their driving is reckless enough that someone should report it to the police, the dashcam probably got a good look at their license plates.
A dashcam is a simple way to help deter thieves and scammers. If a potential thief approaches your cab when you’re not there, they will be less inclined to try anything if they know they’re being filmed. You can even add a sign to warn people that they’re on camera. Likewise, you can run into scammers who try to stage accidents so that they can blame you and collect on insurance. Dashcam footage of the incident will help prove that the so-called accident was faked.
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