This year, dozens of videos appeared on YouTube seeming to capture a meteor falling to earth in Russia, most of which had been filmed from the dashboards of various vehicles. While the falling meteor was fascinating in itself, many viewers were puzzled as to why just so many drivers in Russia have dashboard cameras. It seems the reason is that insurance fraud is rife in Russia, and law enforcement can be sketchy at best. Having a dashboard camera means that drivers can always capture exactly what happened and how it happened so they won’t be blamed for accidents that weren’t their fault, and so they can claim the insurance they need when their vehicles are damaged by careless fellow drivers.
Do you need a camera on your dashboard?
With the advent of cheap digital technology, there really is no reason not to have a dashboard camera. After an uneventful journey, footage can be erased only to be rewritten next time. If anything does ever happen, the footage is there to prove exactly how it happened, making insurance and personal injury claims easy. If you do get into a car accident where the state of the vehicles themselves does not indicate who caused the incident, and there are no witnesses, a dashboard camera can be all the evidence you need.
What to do if you have been injured in a road traffic accident
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is a legal provision which exists to compensate accident victims not just for their pain and suffering, but also for the financial fallout of their injuries. This can range from a few weeks without full pay (with many employers paying only statutory sick pay for any time off work), to a complete change of lifestyle due to disability, or a complete loss of future earnings.
To learn more about personal injury compensation, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to discuss your situation with you in detail and in complete confidence, and will be able to tell you how likely your claim is to be successful as well as how much compensation you could receive. The lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500, 7 days a week. For an even quicker guide to your possible eligibility, check our 30-second online claim calculator.