With Part 1 of our feature on the “video witnesses” in the form of dual road- and driver-facing cameras up and running, I thought I’d share a few installments in the SmartDrive company’s series of vids detailing different cases where video evidence of on-highway events proved beneficial to trucking companies and drivers. If you’re running a road-facing dash cam of your own today, these may just be further proof of what you already know — the power of video to exonerate a driver who’s doing things right in the event of an accident.
If you’re not running a dash cam, forward-facing cameras that are triggered to save clips by g-force events like accidents can be had for relatively minimal cost. The long-established Videodashcam.com site, geared specifically toward truckers, has numerous such examples on offer. Brad Willis, an independent I quizzed about his own dashcam for the feature, uses a sophisticated Blue Tiger model he picked up for under $150. As he puts it in the feature, having the camera mounted visibly in the windshield has produced benefits beyond event-recording on the road. It’s also a good theft-deterrent. Contrary to incidents that occurred during the time prior to having the camera there, “nothing has been touched [by thieves] on my truck since installing it.”If you run a dash cam yourself, tell us in the comments below whether you’d recommend any particular model or not — or whether specific functions are ideal.
Now for those vids, from SmartDrive’s “Great Driving Insights” series. In each video, a case is detailed in which the system worked to the benefit of the trucking company and driver after video evidence exonerated the driver from false accusations.
South Carolina truck operator Arnold Williams has been sentenced to time ...