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What are the advantages and disadvantages of traffic cameras?

On Behalf of | Jan 13, 2021 | Blog, Car Accidents

Traffic cameras provide practical advantages and a few disadvantages. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, which is why many government officials and cops are using more cameras to stop crimes on the highway.

What are the advantages of traffic cameras?

Some motorists will drive fast whenever they have the opportunity. According to data, traffic accidents are gradually on the rise, but there is a way to change this statistic. If more traffic cameras are installed in locations where drivers will likely speed, car accidents due to speeding can be reduced.

Following a car accident, a crash victim’s lawyer will need good evidence in order to build a solid case. In terms of traffic cameras, the footage that’s captured on a highway can be used as evidence. Traffic camera footage could turn the tables during a legal battle that involves an insurance company.

The footage could even give a lawyer an edge during a fender bender case in which there are no serious injuries. Without evidence, an insurance company may try to raise a person’s insurance rate by 15% or more. In order to avoid a rate hike, a driver must prove that the other driver caused the fender bender. Footage from a traffic camera could make this process much easier.

What are the disadvantages?

Some traffic cameras can also cause disadvantages on the road and problems when it’s time to build a case. For example, a police officer could easily erase segments that don’t relate to highway crimes, so the footage isn’t available later. Traffic cameras can also make some drivers uncomfortable, which is a problem as tension leads to poor decisions on a busy highway.

Technology can make local highways safer, but accidents may still occur. Those who have been injured in car accidents might want the assistance of a personal injury lawyer in filing a claim.