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If I cause a crash can I delete my dash cam footage?

As an example, under the laws of Colorado, USA, deleting the footage would be a crime. See CRS 18-8-610: A person commits tampering with physical evidence if, believing that an official proceeding ...
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If I cause a crash can I delete my dash cam footage?

If things go to court, and the court knows that camera evidence existed, then two things can happen: 1. You may be in trouble for destroying evidence. 2. In a civil court, the judge can and likely ...
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Is homicide by misadventure illegal?

“homicide by misadventure." . . . is when somebody accidentally kills somebody else while engaged in a legal activity and without any intent to cause harm. There is a criminal offense sometimes ...
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Does a purely accidental act preclude civil liability for its resulting damages?

In Common Law Countries In common law countries, Dale M. is right (the vast majority of the time). Without negligence there is usually no liability for damage to property in an accident. The general ...
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Neighborly liability?

You can start here, with the attractive nuisance doctrine, which is aimed at children and the fact that they don't have adult common sense. The extent to which you are at risk depends on your ...
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Does a purely accidental act preclude civil liability for its resulting damages?

This is a rule, indeed a common law expression, about a "pure accident without negligence on the part of" a person, dating back in England to at least 1863; in the US found in Culbert v. ...
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Renting a car and liability

The law with regard to this issue varies from one place to another. Most jurisdictions do not impose liability for car accidents caused by human error on the owner of the car automatically, unless the ...
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Can you charge someone with perjury during a traffic stop

As far as I know, every jurisdiction in America limits perjury to cases of lying under oath. Because it seems unlikely that the driver would be under oath at this point, you would probably lack ...
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Damaged library books by accident

If this is a public library in England or Wales, then they are allowed to charge for lost or damaged items, at their discretion, even though there is a general duty for libraries to make their normal ...
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Who is at fault in a car accident when running a red light?

The apportionment of fault will be highly case specific, based on ordinary principles of negligence. In one example, the fault was apportioned with 60% of the fault to the late left turner and 40% of ...
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Does a purely accidental act preclude civil liability for its resulting damages?

I'm in germany. If this were true in general, there wouldn't be any need for liability insurances to cover exactly these cases that ohwilleke describes as "shit happens", i.e. where the ...
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Hit during traffic stop

In principle, police are liable for the safety of anyone they detain. If an officer creates a hazardous condition, as was described in this scenario, he or his agency (which effectively means the ...
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If I cause a crash can I delete my dash cam footage?

Under UK law this could be considered Perverting the course of justice, which includes The disposal, or fabricating, of evidence. There are defences you can use such as Genuine mistake or error. So ...
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If a 12 year old child uses his mother's car without her consent

Depending on the country (not mentioned), the mother may be at fault for not keeping the car out of the hands of her son, but on the other hand, it seems quite impossible to 100% prevent a determined ...
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When must someone identify themself after damaging someone else's property?

The requirement for the driver to "give his name and address and also the name and address of the owner and the identification marks of the vehicle" used to not apply to car parks, but now ...
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What possible penalties can there be for failing to comply with rule 286 of the UK highway code?

In the event that one (or more) of the following applies: Personal Injury, or Damage to a Vehicle, or Damage or Injury to an Animal Damage to Property attached to the road where the accident occurred ...
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What if persons involved in the accident with the same Insurance company?

You have been told that the other person's insurance may not be valid. Why it may not doesn't really matter, perhaps the other person didn't pay premiums or lied on an application. So the situation is ...
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Harming a nearly dead person

Does he die from the poison or from the head injury? If it's from the poison, yes, Alice is guilty of murder. If it's from the head injury, Alice is guilty of attempted murder. If Bob dies from a ...
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What are the Legal obligations of a bicyclist who accidentally scratches one’s empty parked car?

According to Rule 286 of the Highway Code then the actual legal requirement doesn't mention an exchange of insurance details. If you are involved in a collision which causes damage or injury to any ...
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What is the correct traffic pattern for this intersection?

I believe that the relevant regulation is: British Columbia Regulation 26/58 42.02 (Motor Vehicle Act Regulations: Rules for use of high occupancy lanes) (2)A driver of a vehicle that is not a high ...
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What would be the fastest way to sue someone in a traffic accident? Post Accident Legal Strategies

Short answer The general approach and attitude that you propose is a horrible one that would bring an unfavorable result. It would add many months or years to the time when the case would mostly ...
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Can you charge someone with perjury during a traffic stop

Short Answer No. You can't charge someone with perjury at a traffic stop. Long Answer Perjury is a criminal offense, not a claim that can be brought by a private individual in a civil action. ...
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Found at fault in non-left turn collision

An insurer can’t find anyone at fault An insurance company cannot find you or anyone else at fault - they don't have the power. They are alleging that you are at fault and, presumably, demanding ...
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Expert trying to blame me for an accident

No, you cannot sue the expert for his errors. You can sue the insurance company for failing to pay out per the insurance contract. They will then introduce the expert's report as evidence, and you ...
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Have been waiting for the seat belt part without any ETA for more than 10 months now

This would appear to violate Consumer Guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law australia One of the statutory guarantees is that spare parts and repairs must be available for a reasonable time ...
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Contesting At-Fault Car Accident

Are you at fault for the fact that Car C read ended you? Close call. A jury could go either way. Can this accident which is now appearing on your insurance be disputed as Car A did not report ...
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If I cause a crash can I delete my dash cam footage?

IANAL but I recommend setting a retention policy. Hopefully your dash cam will allow you to set a policy that it can implement automatigically. What you need specifically is that all footage will be ...
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When must someone identify themself after damaging someone else's property?

united-states In the United States, the obligation of a potential tortfeasor to disclose their identity is sometimes limited to motor vehicle accidents, and sometimes only to serious motor vehicle ...
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Accident with a truck stopped on the road side to do road work with no sign

Almost everywhere, in any circumstances, it is the driver's responsibility to operate their vehicle so as not to get in an accident. When two drivers collide, responsibility can be divided among them ...
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