Today’s technological advancements mean that almost everyone has a way to take video footage of what goes on around them. The ability to capture footage can be especially useful when a car accident in the San Fernando Valley occurs. There are several types video surveillance footage that may be used if you are injured in an accident. For example, the footage can also be helpful to show that you weren’t at fault. Your attorney can help you locate and use appropriate footage, but it makes sense to understand all of the types footage to request from law enforcement or other drivers.
First, red-light cameras can provide helpful footage. The cameras are usually installed in areas where a significant number of auto accidents occur or where it is likely drivers will commit traffic violations. The cameras record information of traffic violations and identify offending drivers. The red-light cameras can also show whether a driver fails to stop at a red light and how fast he or she was driving through the intersection. Cameras are often mounted at different angles, which can create useful evidence for a victim. Not all intersections have red-light cameras. Your auto accident attorney may be able to help you request this footage from the city or municipality that maintains the camera, although it may take time, and possibly a court order, for it to be released.
Less common is footage caught from an in-car camera. Employers sometimes use recording devices to monitor what their employees do if they drive for work. This footage can be useful to establish liability and other aspects of a personal injury claim. Some parents also install cameras to monitor their young drivers.
Passers-by (witnesses) may also take video footage, particularly in the aftermath of an accident. Video footage is not only important to show who was or was not at fault, but it provides evidence of damages.
Other types of evidence, such as statements from witnesses, are also critical in establishing fault in a personal injury case. Video evidence can provide a reliable record of the events, provided the footage was preserved and was collected from a useful angle. For more information on what type of evidence to gather in the aftermath of an auto accident, please click here.
To discuss your auto accident-related injuries and your ability to recover financial compensation for your injuries, contact experienced auto accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg today.