Is It Legal To Have A Dashcam In Maryland?
If you are driving in Maryland, you might be wondering if it’s legal to have a dashboard camera. Many insurance companies now offer discounts to users who agree to install a camera in their car that records the events of an accident, so it’s important to make sure it’s legal in your state. The laws and regulations relating to dashboard cameras vary from state to state. In Maryland, it is legal to have a dashboard camera provided it does not obstruct the view through your windshield. In Maryland, dashcam footage is also legally admissible in court and can be used in order to help make the determination of liability in an accident. If you have been in an accident, and either have dashcam footage or have knowledge of dashcam footage that would confirm your account of events, it’s important to talk to an experienced Maryland auto accident attorney as soon as possible so that they can take the necessary actions to obtain the footage and ensure that the correct determination of liability is made. If you would like to talk to a personal injury attorney about your claim, you are welcome to reach out to Berman, Sobin, Gross, LLP to schedule a personalized consultation.
Possible Legal Issues When it Comes to Dashcams
When it comes to having a dashcam there are a number of things to consider. First, dashcam footage can be very helpful in making a determination of liability, however, whether that will be helpful for you depends entirely on the footage that was captured and whether you were at fault for the accident. If you accidentally capture incriminating footage that would work against you, attempting to dispose of it, alter it, or change it could result in additional legal charges against you. Additionally, even in situations where you were not at fault for causing the accident, the footage may capture details that allow your overall compensation to be reduced. However, in general, if you are not at fault for an accident the benefits of having a dashcam far outweigh the costs.
Expediting the Determination of Liability
There are a number of things that you can do to expedite and streamline the determination of liability. Most of these things involve collecting evidence at the scene, which you can do if you are physically able. It is a good idea to take thorough photos and video of all damage as well as of the scene of the accident. It’s also important to get the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident, and to make a note of any security cameras that may have recorded it. Ask any other drivers involved if they have dashcams. If you become aware that another involved driver (especially the at-fault driver) has a dashcam it is important to let your lawyer know as soon as possible so that they can subpoena the footage.
Talk to a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident, our Maryland car accident lawyers can help. Contact Berman, Sobin, Gross, LLP and schedule your consultation today.