Dash-cam footage. I don't have any, and that's the problem
Saturday before last, March 5, Milady asked me to stop by the barbecue joint on the way home and pick up a rib plate.
Coming out of the parking lot, I got on a side street going to the main drag. I was following a black Nissan Armada. She stopped at the stop sign and I stopped behind the Nissan. For reasons I can neither understand nor explain, I saw her backup lights come on and she backed into the front of my vehicle.
Crunch! A small fender-bender. She got out of the Nissan, apologetic. "I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry, my Dad is going to kill me."
No big deal, I called it in. In just a few minutes, a local city policeman responded to the scene, got out of his vehicle, and asked me what had happened.
"She backed into me. For reasons I can neither understand nor explain, she put it in reverse and backed into me."
The officer went to talk to the young lady, then asked us to move to a convenient fast-food parking lot to clear the traffic lane.
We did the license, registration, insurance thing, waiting while the officer completed his paperwork. The officer went into the restaurant to see if anyone had witnessed the event. He soon came out, handed me my vehicle papers, and told me I was free to go. So, I asked about the report and he said that it would be ready in five working days. I departed the area, and went home to share a rib plate with my lady.
Discussing it with Milady later, I told her that it looked just exactly like any of hundreds of accidents I'd seen in my career; a simple rear-end collision. I reflected to Milady that if the young lady told the officer that I rear-ended her, it would be totally believable. It looked like a simple rear-end collision.
Yesterday, I went to the police station for a copy of the report. Sure enough, the young lady changed her story between the time she apologized to me and the time that the officer spoke with her. When the officer went in to the restaurant, witnesses told him that I had rear-ended the Nissan. They heard the crash, looked up, and saw the aftermath of a classic rear-end collision. They didn't see the crash, but they thought they knew what had happened.
Except that's not what actually happened. She backed into me, and in the intervening few minutes between crash and police, she changed her story. In the final analysis, the young lady is getting a freebie, It's a trifling matter, no one was hurt, and the damage is fairly easily repaired. Except that I'm being blamed for something that is someone else's fault. It rankles.
So, it appears that a dash-camera is in my immediate future. I've been Googling around and reading reviews. Popular Mechanics is a source I trust. Surprisingly, the one that they rate best is the least expensive.
Do any of you guys use dash-cams? If so, which do you like? It'll probably be a week or so before I order one.