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Different Types of In-Cab Video Recorders:  What They Do and Don’t Do

Types & Capabilities of In-Cab Recorders

Types & Capabilities of In-Cab Recorders

In-cab video recorders are commonly used by commercial carriers to monitor drivers and the driving conditions when a “triggering” event occurs. Intended to promote safety, these in-cab camera systems can be important sources of evidence when truck accidents happen. The footage they record and save can help prove the cause(s) of a truck wreck, establishing liability for that wreck.

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How In-Cab Camera Systems Work

Not all in-cab camera systems are the same. Most generally work in the same way, recording continuously and only saving a recording when a specific triggering event occurs. Examples of these triggering events include (and are not limited to):

  • Speeding
  • Sudden or harsh braking
  • Hitting an object or pothole
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign.

The recording saved will typically include footage from around 8 to 10 seconds before the event, ending up to 8 seconds after the event. A complete recording will then be electronically transmitted to a specialist or monitor (employed by the camera provider/vendor) for review.

If the recording shows some risky driver behavior(s), it’s then sent on to the trucking company.

What Forward-Facing In-Cab Video Cameras Can Record

Forward-facing in-cab video recorders are commonly mounted by interior rear-view mirrors, with lenses pointing out towards the road. When a triggering event occurs, these recorders can capture footage like (but exclusive to):

  • Other vehicles in the front of the truck (More complex systems can also capture footage of what’s happening alongside of a truck.)
  • Road conditions
  • Weather conditions.

Some in-cab video systems may even:

  • Record continuously, allowing a carrier to view live video feed at any given point. These systems usually save recorded footage for a specific amount of time (such as 40 hours, for example).
  • Work with other safety systems, such as lane departure systems. For these cameras, an alert from another safety system could be a triggering event to record footage.

What Driver-Facing In-Cab Video Cameras Can Record

Driver-facing in-cab video cameras capture footage of truck drivers and their actions when a triggering event occurs. Some of the driver-related factors that these cameras can capture can include: 

  • Driver distraction, such as talking or texting on cellphones, eating, or failing to look at the road for any other reason
  • Driver impairment, which may be demonstrated by bloodshot eyes, head position, or even footage of alcohol or drug use
  • Driver fatigue, which can be evidenced by head bobbing, partially opened eyes, or even falling asleep at the wheel
  • Failure to comply with traffic laws, such as failing to wear seatbelts.

It’s important to point out that there’s a lot of resistance to driver-facing in-cab cameras within the trucking industry. Some truck drivers see these cameras as an invasion of privacy and personal space (because a truck’s cab can be living and sleeping quarters for drivers). Others see these cameras as a sign of distrust from their employer.

This has made driver-facing cameras less popular and less widely used than forward-facing in-cab cameras.

Limitations of In-Cab Cameras: What They Can’t Do

In-cab video cameras do have limitations, including (but not limited to) the inability to:

  • Record footage of the trailer, shifting cargo, and what’s occurring behind the truck
  • Store captured footage for extended periods of time
  • Prevent the system from being hacked.

As technology evolves, these limitations may be overcome.

The lawyers at the Amaro Law Firm are experienced at reviewing in-cab camera footage (and other evidence) to determine liability for truck crashes.

Were You Hurt in a Truck Wreck? Contact a Houston Truck Accident Attorney at the Amaro Law Firm

If you or a loved one was involved in a truck crash, contact a Houston truck accident attorney at the Amaro Law Firm to find out more about your potential claim and recovery options.

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