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Learn How to Obtain Camera Footage of Your Car Accident

Any person would undoubtedly face great stress and overwhelm if they were involved in a car accident. There are so many aspects and details to take into account, but for many people, the financial component and what to anticipate in terms of financial recovery and monetary compensation are among the most pressing concerns. The only way to settle this kind of argument regarding who is at fault is frequently to show strong evidence of fault. This can be done in the form of photos, a detailed accident reconstruction, or video that shows the moments leading up to the disaster. In modern world, car accidents can happen in places where cameras may be recording. Anyone making an injury claim from a car accident will benefit greatly from a video like this. Hiring a car accident lawyer will help to obtain camera footage from around the area.

Attorneys know better

A competent attorney is one of the most valuable resources when attempting to obtain any type of evidence following an automobile accident. You consider hiring a car accident lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours to gather important video of your auto accident. They know where to go and how to do it, and their help can add a level of formality and credibility that you might not have if you tried to do it yourself. How they attempt to acquire the footage depends on the footage’s source.

Which cameras can capture the accident? 

As time passes, more and more cameras are installed in high-traffic locations to monitor traffic violations, especially those that result in car accidents. These cameras are among the most frequently used to record the scene of an automobile crash. There is some additional paperwork involved in obtaining footage from these cameras. The government owns these cameras; therefore, a lawyer will need to file a formal request with the state or issue a subpoena to get the video.

It is possible that a private party, rather than a local or state government agency, owns the traffic camera that recorded the car accident. To better report on traffic conditions, news organizations sometimes set up traffic cams at key points. These spots are often locations of heavy traffic that also have a high likelihood of being the scene of a car crash.

The only way to obtain authorization to use camera footage is to hire a car accident lawyer. Your lawyer will try to get in touch with the station directly rather than go through the government.

Is it possible to gain access to the footage from security cameras?

A security camera is another typical approach to capturing video of a car accident. As a form of safety precaution, many private companies and homes now have cameras strategically positioned all over the area. Occasionally, these cameras will also record footage of the surrounding roadway, which is convenient in the event of an accident. The owners of most security cameras will be willing to share their footage with interested parties upon request, but if the camera is owned by a government agency, a formal request will be required.

What about police dashboard cameras?

Law enforcement may be in the close vicinity of a car accident and will record the action on their vehicle’s dashboard camera and, in certain cases, the police bodycam that they carry. Your lawyer should be able to file a formal request for this video.

Can I ask occasional witnesses for video they could capture?

It’s possible that some witnesses will be capturing the incident on their smartphone cameras. This happens rarely but does happen on occasion. Getting footage in this context is less formal and might be tricky if a person is hard to reach or has other reasons for not wanting to cooperate. If a witness was able to record footage, that person may be able to participate as a witness and make a statement as well.

When a car accident occurs, how does footage from a camera help the case?

It’s difficult to find a more compelling piece of evidence than a video of a car accident to use as proof of who was at fault. Hiring a car accident lawyer will make your case look better, but unlike evidence from witnesses or attempts to reconstruct an accident, footage cannot lie and leaves little room for interpretation. Those who have been seriously injured in a car crash due to another driver’s carelessness often need to file a personal injury lawsuit, and footage from the scene can be crucial in establishing who was at fault.

Video recordings are especially helpful in hit-and-run cases. It can confirm that the other driver was at fault but also correctly identify them.
Video evidence of a car accident is especially helpful when there are many cars and people hurt.

Even though it is possible to try to collect this footage on your own, doing so is totally unacceptable unless you have the support of an attorney whose knowledge will guarantee that the process is carried out correctly.

What is the other evidence that might be useful?

Seeking medical assistance and making sure you and others involved in the accident are not injured should always be your top priority following a car accident. People involved in accidents often sustain injuries that require immediate attention from paramedics and emergency medical personnel.

Gathering evidence at the scene of an accident might help a later car accident claim significantly if a person is still able to move without hurting themselves. As previously said, footage of the accident obtained from cameras located near the scene of the accident can be important, but there are other things you can do to assist. To begin, making your own records of the accident scene might be really beneficial and, of course, hiring a car accident lawyer who knows exactly what to do first.

A few photos or video recordings of the accident scene, the damage to your vehicle, your injuries, and so on will help you prove your damages and prove fault for the accident. Getting in touch with the police and receiving a copy of their report can also prove to be quite helpful. You should also collect the names and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident happen, because their statements may prove useful as well.

Interested in hiring a car accident lawyer in NY? We can help! Contact one of our car accident lawyers at 1-800-HURT-511 to learn more about your rights and obtain a free assessment of your case. We work on contingency, which means you don’t pay unless we win the case. Call 1-800-HURT-511 and let us fight for you!

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