Whilst many people have already installed cameras in their cars to protect against accident insurance claims, it’s not yet compulsory to do so. That could all change though, claims the Road Haulage Association (RHA). With the government continuing to face the problem of fraudulent compensation claims and uninsured drivers, in future this could become the law.
The RHA released figures which show 54% of their members already have cab-mounted cameras in their vehicles – 35% of members are in the process of having a camera fitted. The RHA’s Director of Policy, Jack Semple, commented, “The recordings can show what happened in an accident and can put an end, quickly and simply, to potentially crippling insurance claims. In addition, many firms with cameras say they are useful tools for managing employees’ driving style.”
One fleet insurer has already jumped on board the idea and made it compulsory for those taking cover to fit a camera to their vehicle. The company revealed that the number of claim disputes has dropped to just 2% (the industry average is 40%) whilst the cost of claims has also dropped by over 50%. The cameras, supplied by SmartWitness, provide drivers with evidence to back up their claims or assist drivers in defending themselves against a claim made by another driver.
Have you been injured in a road traffic accident?
Fitting a camera to your vehicle is a great idea as it protects you against claims made by other drivers. It also provides you with valuable evidence if you have been injured in a crash which was someone else’s fault. If somebody runs a red light and hits your vehicle, leaving you suffering from whiplash, you can now prove what happened with the help of your in-car camera. These cameras can be a useful tool for personal injury lawyers, who can use the footage as part of their evidence in support of your claim for compensation. Whether you have suffered cuts and bruises, or more serious injuries such as concussion or crush injuries, contacting a personal injury lawyer will help you find out whether you can make a compensation claim.
Claiming compensation after a car accident
Accident Advice Helpline helps hundreds of people claim compensation for car accidents which were someone else’s fault. With many years of experience in the industry, we should be your first port of call, whether you or someone you love has been injured. It’s easy to see how much you could claim – just visit our website and take the 30-second test. Call our freephone helpline for confidential, no-obligation advice and take advantage of our 100% no win, no fee* service to get the compensation you so rightfully deserve.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown