When injured in a car accident and someone else is to blame, understanding what you can do to help your case is critical. Unfortunately, many are unaware they may be able to collect footage of the accident. If your collision happened near an intersection camera, you may be in luck. The following blog explores how these security cameras can help your case and what you can do to obtain the footage. Additionally, you’ll learn how a Pasco County, FL car accident lawyer can help you recover the compensation you deserve when you are injured by a negligent party.
How Can Intersection Camera Footage Help My Case?
If you are injured in the vicinity of a camera that captured footage of your accident, this can significantly impact the outcome of your case. By having video proof of the moments leading up to the collision, you can prove that you were not the negligent party in the accident. As such, this can negate any conflicting information from the other party involved.
However, if you were negligent, providing this evidence to the court can impact the damages you receive. For example, if you are awarded $100,000 for your injuries, but the court determined that you were 15% responsible for the injuries you endured, your award will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
What Should I Do if I Need to Obtain Camera Recordings?
If you believe your accident was recorded by traffic cameras, it’s important to act quickly. In some instances, the footage is not stored at all. Unfortunately, not all cameras can record and store constant video. In other cases, the camera may store the recordings for up to 24 hours before it is overwritten. Some cameras, like red light cameras, only capture instances of someone running a red light.
In the unfortunate event you cannot recover footage of your accident because it was overridden or not stored, you should reach out to local homes and businesses in the area of your collision. They will likely have security footage that many will be willing to turn over to aid in the investigation into the collision. Even if you can obtain the traffic camera footage, the more angles you have of the collision, the better. If you have trouble getting this footage, enlisting the help of an attorney is critical, as they may be able to subpoena the recordings.
When injured due to another party’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to fight for compensation by yourself. The dedicated team at the Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna is ready to assist you during these challenging times. We understand how difficult it can be to deal with your injuries while also navigating a legal battle. Our team can handle the legal complexities of your case so you can focus on healing. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you during these times.