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Dashboard cameras, an alternative ‘witness’ to an accident?

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are a common occurrence. Our clients often have incredible stories to tell about the accident that caused their injuries however a description of an accident never seems as powerful as witnessing one first-hand.

Recently in Cornubia, a suburb in Logan City south of Brisbane, there was an incident which escalated to extreme road rage with multiple collisions between two vehicles. The truly incredible thing is that the terrifying ordeal was captured on a dashboard camera. Today Tonight covered the story and also aired the footage from the in-car camera. The segment can be viewed below:

Youtube – Unbelievable road rage attack

We were blown away by this extreme incident and the complete lack of regard shown for other road users. It was just so incredible that we have to wonder if anyone would have believed the gentleman who spoke to Today Tonight if he had not captured the footage for everyone to see. It got us thinking about dashboard cameras and whether it is worth having one in your vehicle. A simple search on Google gives you numerous results for cameras being marketed as “crash cams” available for as little as $68. While we can see that they could be useful in explaining some of the circumstances of an accident they don’t give a complete picture of any incident and there can still be a lot that happens off-camera that would need to be known to explain how an accident occurred and determine who was at fault. It certainly is a use of technology that we would not have imagined years ago and wonder if in the future all of our clients will not only be able to give us details of witnesses to an accident, but video footage as well.

Police are appealing for witnesses to this incident and have asked that anyone who can assist to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or PoliceLink on 131 444. The incident occurred on Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd at Cornubia on Saturday the 15th of December at around 1.15pm.

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