Trucking accidents are a concern for all drivers, whether they’re in the semi itself or a car nearby. Luckily, when an accident does happen, technology can help us figure out the cause and assign liability. Some of these tools are cameras that record the road in front of the truck, the driver in the truck, or both. Often the footage from these cameras is very important evidence in a trucking accident case.
Front-facing cameras are positioned on the dashboard, facing towards the road. They are designed to record the driver’s view. Many trucking companies are installing cameras with technology called Smart Drive that tracks the speed of the semi at the time of the collision. With GPS integration, these cameras can even give the jury a clear picture of exactly what happened in the accident. If the trucker tried to slow down or swerve, that can be taken into account. While trucking fleets aren’t legally obligated to use these technologies, many of them choose to do so to protect themselves, their employees, and other passengers on the road.
These cameras are pointed directly at the drivers and record their activity during the run. This allows fleets to make sure drivers aren’t eating, using a cell phone, or drifting off to sleep while driving. One article at TruckingInfo suggests that installing these cameras often have a positive effect on the way drivers operate their equipment. Some trucking fleets experienced a 34% decrease in total accidents within the first year of driver-facing camera installation.
Unfortunately, it is the case that drivers sometimes cover up the camera because they feel it’s intruding on their privacy or they simply don’t want to comply with policies. In those cases, that unsafe behavior could be factored by a jury deliberating on a trucking accident lawsuit.
In a trucking accident case, footage from front- and driver-facing cameras can be used to see what was happening from the driver’s point of view during the event, as well as their reaction to it. When footage from the front-facing camera can be compared to the driver-facing footage, attorneys, juries, and insurance adjusters can sometimes piece together how the accident occurred and determine more accurately who was at fault.
The trucking accident attorneys at CFCL in Indianapolis want to help you get what you need to move forward in life with peace of mind. From fighting for you in court to helping you plan for every new challenge you may face, we’re your advocates. If you believe you have a case against a driver or freight company following a trucking accident, contact us today for a free consultation.