Watch newly-released shocking UK dash cam footage

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Dashcams have become commonplace in UK vehicles, with road accidents being caught on camera

Drivers have narrowly escaped a life-and-death incident on Britain’s roads, newly released dashcam footage shows.

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Among the footage released by dashcam company Nextbase is a clip showing a brutal heap on a busy freeway in the middle of a snowstorm as a driver trips over a collision between a truck and a car.

A dashcam at the rear of the vehicle shows a careless driver not braking in time to clear up the incident. In the footage, the two drivers can be seen exiting their vehicles to discuss the rear-end collision as traffic on the road came to a standstill.

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But then a large truck crashes behind the vehicle, the two people just get out of the way when one of the cars flies over the road.

Dashcam footage had captured some near misses on UK roads. (Image credit: Nextbase)

Several clips from the footage show near misses on narrow country roads, with reckless exits at intersections and dangerous overtaking that result in cars being flipped.

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City roads are just as bad as freeways and country roads, with footage showing a motorcyclist being hit by an absent-minded driver preparing to pull into an intersection.

What is a dash cam?

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Dash cams have become commonplace in the UK in recent years.

These are small cameras mounted on a vehicle’s front dashboard and/or rear window.

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It allows driving to be recorded and provides additional evidence to cases in the event of an accident or incident on the road.

To mark National Dash Cam Day on August 4th, Nextbase has released research showing around three quarters of UK drivers have been involved in near misses and witness around 14 illegal incidents a week.

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However, 75% of drivers have never reported a road accident to the police, with 41% unsure how to do so without sufficient evidence.

The company has started a national dashcam security portal This allows drivers to upload their dashcam footage as evidence of dangerous driving on UK roads, with around 70% of clips submitted to date leading to further action by police forces.

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Bryn Brooker, Head of Road Safety at Nextbase, said: “We created the portal to make roads safer. Road users can submit videos from any device and help get dangerous drivers off the road.

“Police don’t just sit on these videos – they use them. Almost all of the country’s armed forces are now committed, and the remaining handful intend to do so soon.

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“The system we built four years ago not only helps the police, it also removes dangerous drivers from the road.”

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