“Always Have a Witness”…. That’s the Motto of Many Dash Cam Owners!
Why do truckers need dash cams?
Why are some against them?
Consider this ……
You are involved in a fatality crash that you know is not your fault. The following are two possible endings to this story. The first one is what could happen if you have no witnesses.The second is what might happen when you have the VideoDashCam witness to show who’s really to blame!
Ending 1 – NO DASH CAM – NO WITNESS!
You are automatically assumed at fault. The police have an attitude and treat you like a criminal as they comb through your paperwork and search your truck for anything that they can nail you with. You are questioned over and over and then asked to submit to drug test. They eventually determine that you were probably speeding so you are charged. Speeding, vehicular homicide, reckless driving a commercial vehicle, they find a few minor things wrong with your truck like a marker light out or turn signal light not working , even washer fluid dispenser not operable and write a long list of petty violations as well, to make it look good.. After all you must be at fault cause you are a trucker.. You lose your job, got to jail and have a ridiculously high bond set… and there you sit… awaiting your fate, knowing your life as you knew it, is basically over. The worst part is you know in your heart, that it was not your fault but there is nothing you can do because there were no witnesses!
Ending 2 – DASH CAM WITNESS
You are automatically assumed at fault. The police have an attitude and treat you like a criminal as they comb through your paperwork and search your truck for anything that they can nail you with. Then they see the dash cam…. Everything changes.. You are given the chance to tell your story with the camera still rolling as all the aftermath is taking place. You then invite the officers to view the footage.. After viewing the footage, the officers realize you are not at fault. No charges are made and they don’t even inspect any further or make you submit to any testing because it is clearly not your fault. You are consoled, asked if you are ok and offered medical attention, they treat you more like a victim of tragic circumstance, which in fact, you are.
Now which scenario would YOU rather be a part of??
To me, having a dash cam is a no brainer!
I have seen some opposing views on this matter due to the “big brother” syndrome. But really, the dash cam is YOUR property. As a responsible driver, you should always use caution and practice safe driving, so how could the footage possibly be used against you if you are a safe driver anyway?? IT CAN’T! Remember, you are not obligated to give up the footage without a warrant!
You pull into a truck stop and get ready to turn in for the night. You keep the dash cam running as you pull the curtain and go to bed. You are wakened a few hours later by a loud bang. You hop up and open the curtain and there is another driver taking off out of the lot. Half of your hood is gone and the person responsible is fleeing the scene! But guess what? You have it all on the dash cam. You call the police and they are able to get the tag # off the footage, the other driver is tracked down and thrown in jail. His insurance pays for the damage to your truck.
If you didn’t have a dash cam, YOU would have to pay for this yourself or turn it in to your insurance company and be responsible for the deductible. You would be able to file a police report but without a witness, there would be nothing they could do. You face your insurance rates possibly going up because you had to make a claim. You miss valuable time, revenue and have out-of-pocket expense that could have been avoided, had you had that witness on the dash cam!
Not only can the dash cam save your own rear end, but it can help save others as well. Your dash cam could save another driver from the expense and heartache of several situations, not to mention other crimes you might catch on it like underage sex trafficking, robberies and other criminal activity that are still prevalent in truck stops and rest areas..
We have been pulled over a couple of times since having our dash cam. It was one of those situations where it seemed like truckers were being targeted for a revenue campaign! You can see the change in facial expression when the officer walks up to the truck and sees that sign right there under your door that says “This Vehicle is Protected by a Video Dash Cam”. We had one officer actually ask if we really had one! In both cases, they were friendly and sent us on our way after asking a few simple questions. One of the officers actually gave us some helpful advice! It was so strange to have these guys be so nice without the expected bad attitude! Kinda like “big brother” was actually looking out for US and watching THEM!!
Dash Cams are very affordable and in my book, the only thing more important to have in the truck is my cell phone! Besides, I get some fun video footage off it now and then to post on YouTube!!
Protect yourself and your future and invest in a Dash Cam and you’ll Aways Have a Witness!!