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Dashcams – The New Must Have Accessory for Vancouver Drivers?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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If you’ve ever stepped behind the wheel of a car in Vancouver you’ll know all about bad drivers.

In fact it’s probably fair to say that our city’s got a well-deserved stereotype for bad driving.

That’s why I wasn’t at all surprised to see that a video compilation of Vancouver’s bad drivers had become a hit on YouTube over the weekend (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr8-5Oag6mA).

From blind lane changes to bad parking jobs, the six-minute video showcases the very worst that our city’s roads have to offer.

It’s a reminder of just how dangerous driving in Vancouver can be.

But something else struck me while watching the video, and that’s the growing number of drivers who are using dashcams.

Dashcams are cameras mounted into your car’s dashboard that constantly record when your car’s in use. Police have been using them for years, but now average Joe motorists are using them to. The technology has even come so far that you can fit a good quality camera onto a cycle helmet.

Coming in at around two to three hundred bucks they’re not cheap. But they could be invaluable if you’re involved in an accident.

Here’s how…

Deciding who’s at fault for your accident is key to claiming compensation. That can be tricky if there’s no evidence to support your claims and no witnesses to back up your account of what happened.

In some instances the case can rest on your word against the other driver’s. Even if you are in the right that might mean you end up getting blamed for a collision that wasn’t your fault.

That’s where a dashcam comes in handy.

They capture the whole thing on candid camera, giving you an invaluable source of evidence to backup your claims.

The best way to look at them is that they’re like seat belts. You hope you wont ever need them, but it’s nice to know they’re there just in case.

Whether you have a dashcam or not though, a good personal injury lawyer will always work with you to gather as much evidence as possible to prove your case. But one thing’s for sure, they’re job can be made a hell of a lot easier if there’s

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