It can be a real challenge to determine who is actually to blame for a car wreck. People tend to have a limited perspective when crashes occur, and many people lie to the police about what they did right before a collision because they don’t want to be held legally and financially responsible for the wreck.
Therefore, officers often have to try to determine the truth when they receive conflicting statements from the parties involved in a collision. It would thus seem like those who are more charismatic or better liars might inevitably secure biased outcomes during crash investigations. Thankfully, due in part to technological advances, there is often objective evidence available that can validate claims related to fault after a car crash.
Digital cameras have become smaller and offer higher-resolution images than they did a few years ago. Therefore, there are cameras in more places capturing what happens in traffic. In addition to the proliferation of security cameras at businesses and residences that may capture driveways and nearby intersections, there are more traffic cameras than ever before. Many motorists have also begun investing in dashboard cameras or dash cams that can provide footage of exactly what occurred before and after a wreck.
Mobile phone records
One of the most common causes of modern collisions is distraction while driving. Mobile phones and other digital technology make people cognitively distracted when they see notifications lights illuminate or hear the ping of an incoming email. All too often, people give in to the temptation of digital distraction, only to end up making a mistake in traffic and causing a crash.
Even if people delete messages or entire apps from their devices, the records from the companies running those apps are providing their cell phone service can clearly establish someone’s phone use immediately prior to a collision. Such evidence can help clarify what either driver may have done before a collision occurred and can reduce the likelihood of a police officer misunderstanding the circumstances due to someone’s misrepresentation.
Collecting authoritative and objective evidence can make a major difference for those hoping to pursue compensation after a crash.