I’ve never had to use my crappy old dash cam as evidence following an accident, but I’ve had several entire minutes of fun, maybe even a couple of hours, using it to create time lapse videos of trips. Of course, if it’s in time lapse mode, it’s not going to be particularly useful in the event that I need it. Maybe I need another one?
Edit: I just remembered I already have three more, all purchased from meh, and only one has ever been in my vehicle.
I was shopping for a dash cam on black Friday, year before last. My buddy asked why I thought I needed one. I told him that nobody really needs one until they need one. I bought one a few days later, and he gave me a subtle eye roll.
He gets sideswiped a week or so later and the other party lies to their insurance and says it’s his fault. They had the same insurance company, which just declared no fault and raised both of their premiums. He calls me and immediately says “Fuck You!” and I’m like, what did I do? “The insurance company said they could prove fault if I had dash cam footage.”
I haven’t actually needed it in the year and a half I’ve had it. But I have saved some really nice scenic clips/photos.
Yep. This idiot in front of me came up to a stop sign but was too far to the left and was blocking the other oncoming lane so he checked his left mirror, and backed up into me! He didn’t see me because I actually know how to drive on the correct side of the road. Then later he refused to answer his phone when his insurance company called which means they couldn’t confirm what happened. Dashcam (bought on meh a couple years ago) video showed his tag, showed what happened and saved the day.
I used to just use one for long drives but bought a nice one a few months ago with parking mode that I leave in place 24/7. It’s pretty small and I tucked the cable into the headliner so it isn’t too easy to see from outside the car.
I was side-swiped by a tri-axle truck at an intersection when he pulled into my lane and cut me off. The driver jumped out and angrily blamed the accident entirely on me. Luckily, my dashcam was rolling. His insurance paid to fix my car (and a rental) and he was cited for lying to the police. The camera was a wonderful investment.
I’ve wanted one for a long time but I finally pushed myself to get one (Viofo A119 V3) after watching some dash cam footage on Reddit.
The footage showed the dash cam driver we going through a green light and getting t-boned by a red light runner. The red light runner and a “witness” told the police that the dash cam driver ran the red light. Dash cam driver showed police the footage when he was still in the hospital and was saved.
I eventually want to get one that I can save the video to my phone through the app and dual camera setup but they’re expensive for a good one like Blackvue and Thinkware.