Leading car insurers have said they will accept dashboard-mounted video camera footage as evidence to be used in the event of a claim.
Dash cams, which are small, forward-facing cameras placed on a car's windscreen, can be helpful when trying to prove liability if a motorist is involved in an accident. They cost from £50 and require no professional installation.
Until now the stance insurers take regarding the use of dash cam footage has been unclear.
But now Nextbase, a car parts chain and manufacturer of dash cams, said it had contacted 29 major British car insurers and received confirmation from each one that they would accept dash cam evidence in the event of a claim.
Nextbase said that insurers were beginning to realise the benefits of dash cam use, thanks in part to their role in fighting "crash for cash" fraud, which costs the insurance industry an estimated £1bn each year.
The dash cam footage can also make the claims process more efficient, "as a video is more reliable than human witnesses," a spokesman for Nextbase said, "which also reduces the cost of the claims process for the company."
According to GfK, a market research company, dash cams have become increasingly popular in the UK with sales increasing by 918pc since last year. This is partly due to a number of high street stores, such as Halfords and Maplin, widely stocking the cameras, the firm said.
Richard Browning, director at Nextbase, said: “It’s not hard to see why dash cams are so popular with insurers – they act as an independent witness for drivers, who can use footage to demonstrate that they’re in the right should they be involved in the event of a non-fault accident or even attempted fraud.