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Dashcam captures nightmare head-on crash

By Martin Laine     Apr 10, 2014 in Internet
Anyone who’s ever wondered what it must be like to come face-to-face with a cement truck only needs to watch a video filmed by a Texas driver’s dashboard camera.
According to an article on the KBXT website, Guan Zhu, a professor at Texas A & M University, was driving north along Wellborn Road in College Station, Texas, Tuesday afternoon, and was slowing to a stop at the intersection at Rock Prairie. The sky was clear, the road surface dry, and traffic was light. A cement truck turning onto Wellborn ran a red light, flipped over onto its side and slid directly into Zhu’s minivan, crushing the front end.
Incredibly, Zhu walked away unharmed. The driver of the truck was treated for minor injuries at the scene. He was also cited.
A dashboard camera in Zhu’s van caught the whole incident, right up to the moment of impact.
“I could not remember exactly how it happened,” Zhu told KBXT-TV. “And then the video says that’s exactly how it happened.”
Zhu said he had installed the video for just that reason — in case of an accident.
In Russia, dashboard cameras are common, where drivers use them as a defense against police corruption and for use in court, if needed. Their use has been common in law enforcement in the U.S. for many years, and they are becoming increasingly popular among private citizens.
An article in Popular Mechanics notes that for a cost ranging from $50 to $150, a dashboard camera can help protect a consumer from insurance fraud. The article cites insurance industry estimates that fraudulent claims cost approximate $32 billion in payouts per year.
“Having clear evidence recorded on camera is admissible in court (just as it is for police officers) and can protect you from fraudsters,” the article concludes.
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