Utilizing Dash Cameras to Protect Yourself During a Motor Vehicle Accident in New Mexico

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New Mexico is a beautiful state with remarkable scenery, but it also has some of the most dangerous roads in the country. In 2019 and 2020, New Mexico was rated the fifth deadliest state for drivers. With accidents being inevitable, it is crucial to be prepared and safeguard yourself to receive adequate compensation in the event of an accident. A dash camera is one effective tool to use while driving on New Mexico roads.

How Can A Dash Camera Benefit Me?

A dash camera provides numerous benefits when it comes to car accidents. It captures the accident as it happens, providing an accurate account of events, and law enforcement can use it for the investigation.

A dash camera also captures footage of hit-and-run accidents or accidents where the other driver admits fault. This footage can be used as viable evidence in receiving just compensation for the injuries suffered. Most importantly, a dash camera can help you protect your driving rights and validate your claims about the accident.

While dash camera footage can be significant evidence for a personal injury claim, incorrect installation or use of dash cameras may cause insurance claims not to accept this footage. This makes it essential to understand proper installation and usage for drivers.

Where Should I Install a Dash Camera?

When installing a dash camera in your vehicle, you should ensure it is installed appropriately regarding federal and state laws. When placing it on the windshield or dashboard, it should not obstruct the driver's view of the road and should not be placed in a way that damages the airbag mechanisms. Generally speaking, the camera should be at most six inches from the windshield's base or placed in any way that blocks the driver's view of traffic signals. Appropriate locations to place a dash camera include the rearview mirror and the windshield, and on the bottom right corner of the windshield, the passenger side.

Regarding the laws surrounding dash cameras, New Mexico does not prohibit or have any laws regulating dash cameras' usage in vehicles. However, we advise that you maintain discretion when using a dash camera. You should also familiarize yourself with the rights to privacy involving an individual's images or videos and show courtesy when making footage of other individuals.

Still, before using a dash camera, it is crucial that you properly understand how it works and how to use it. The camera should always be on when driving and correctly positioned to capture clear and accurate footage needed during an accident. Store your dash camera safely when it's not in use, and always ensure it is charged whenever you are driving.

Ready to Listen. Ready to Stand Up for You.

A dash camera is an effective tool to secure evidence of the damages suffered and validate any claims about the accidents. At Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, our attorneys will stand by your side as we advocate for you in your personal injury claim.

Call us today at (505) 806-1780 to learn more about how we're more than just a law firm, we're your neighbors. We are waiting for your call!

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