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Car Crash Videos in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

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Car Crash Videos in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Car crash evidence is vital for proving or disproving a personal injury case. The evidence is used to determine fault, which refers to who is negligent during a car accident. One type of evidence used is a car crash video.

What Is a Car Crash Video?

This type of video varies. It could be video footage of the car crash while it is happening such as footage from a dashboard camera. A driver can also take video footage of the crash damage and injuries after the crash has already occurred.

Where to Obtain Video of My Car Accident?

If a driver is lucky, she may have the wherewithal to use her smart phone to take video immediately after the crash happens. This may not be possible when the driver is injured. Other sources of video may come from:

Private Surveillance Cameras

A driver may be able to obtain footage of the crash from private surveillance cameras installed around the street where the accident happens. It requires asking the businesses that own the cameras. 

Red Light Cameras
If the other driver ran a red light, it may be caught on a red light camera. The camera can also prove if the other driver was speeding. Act quickly when trying to obtain red light camera video. Most jurisdictions keep the video for about a month.

In-Car Cameras
Some vehicles have cameras built-in. Sometimes, drivers will have dashboard cameras in their vehicles. Both will document some, if not all, of the car accident.

How Do I Request Video Footage of the Crash?

How much work will go into getting the video footage depends on the other party. You may have to:

  • Ask: Some people and business will provide you with footage after you make a simple request.
  • Submit forms: You may have to complete a form to receive a copy of the video. 
  • Subpoena: You can petition the court to issue a subpoena demanding a copy of the video.

Should I Contact an Attorney about Obtaining Car Crash Video?

Personal injury lawsuits require proving someone was at fault. This fault is determined through witness testimony and other documentation like videos. It is highly recommended you meet with a personal injury attorney about working on your case. Sometimes an attorney will have an easier time obtaining the video.

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Last Modified: 10-05-2015 03:59 AM PDT

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