I've gotten by without a dash cam so far, but I think I'm finally ready for one, and would welcome a recommendation/review of your favorite model.
My sudden inspiration is a close call I had the other day that, had it gone slightly differently, might have ended up as he-said/she-said.
Here's a diagram of intersection between Plymouth Road (horizontal) and Barton Road (vertical):
I was approaching from the right (“Me”), planning to turn right onto Barton; there were no cars in front of me. All the orange cars had a red light and were stopped; the only green traffic lights were my right-turn arrow, and a green light for traffic from Barton (“B”) to turn either way onto Plymouth.
Pedestrian “A” wanted to cross. She had a don’t-walk light (because I had a green-arrow light), but:
- she saw all cars to her left and right were stopped, and
- she saw that there was no traffic at “B” to turn across her path,
so she figured her path was clear. She probably didn’t see/notice my green right-turn arrow light from her position, and didn't see me approaching from way up the road. So she started to jog across.
Through luck or good habits (I’m not sure which), I happened to see her start crossing when I was further back than the “Me” in the diagram, so I could see around the left side of all those stopped orange cars. By the time I was at the “Me” position, the stopped cars were blocking my line of sight and I could not see her anymore. I planned to deliberately scare the crap out of her, so I approached my turn at a normal speed, fully expecting her to pop into view, and into my path, at the last second. Sure enough, she did, and I slammed on the brakes. I had stopped well short of the crosswalk though (I didn't want to take a chance of actually
hitting her), and I was slow with the horn, so she had just about reached the sidewalk when I started honking; in the end I don’t think she had any idea at all what had just happened.
By the time I looked up at my light again, my green arrow had become yellow and then changed to red. If I had not seen her as I approached the intersection from way back, I’m sure I would have actually hit her – probably hard enough to break some bones – and I wonder whether anyone would have had the presence of mind to verify my light’s state; it probably would have been he-said/she-said, and I would have been tapping into my insurance policy because of a dumbass pedestrian. Yikes.
So, um, yeah, what kinda dash cam you got? Happy with it?