How Public Traffic Cameras can Help Your Case
Camera evidence is one of the most valuable pieces of evidence in any accident case. This is especially true when there are multiple angles captures. It’s why motorists should have dashcams, and why many are under the opinion that every new vehicle should have multiple cameras built in to their system (Tesla has 8 on the outside and one that show inside the vehicle).
If you’re involved in a truck wreck on one of the highways in the DFW Metroplex area, there’s a good chance that the wreck was captured on one of the many state run traffic cameras. Check out how the Car Crash Captain explains why obtaining that video evidence might be a little tricky if you don’t know the proper channels to go through.
Why is Traffic Camera Evidence so Powerful?
Your testimony on what happened is powerful. Witness testimony is also powerful. But both of them can be obstructed, forgotten, or even skewed. Even without intentionally twisting the facts, it’s hard to remember everything that happened within a matter of seconds.
But a traffic camera that shows a clear shot of the area leading up to, during, and after the wreck will give another testimony that captures exactly what happened.
State run traffic cameras aren’t the only video evidence out there though. There are dash cams in your vehicle, and witness vehicles, that may have captured the event. There are businesses nearby that might have caught it on their security footage, and there are even private homes that may have security cameras capturing the event.
All of the video evidence can help support your case.
Traffic Camera Evidence May be Hard to Acquire
Asking private businesses and other motorists to share their footage often isn’t difficult: they’re inclined to help because they don’t want to see another person suffering.
Obtaining footage from a public traffic camera, in theory, is as easy as requesting it from whichever agency operates those cameras. However, with the bureaucracy of it all, it can be difficult to do unless there’s a court order to release the footage.
Time is of the Essence to Collect Traffic Camera Evidence
If you’re injured, there is a lot going on already. In many situations you may physically be unable to request that footage that can help your case.
Storage for camera footage is limited. And when hundreds of traffic cameras are capturing footage 24-hours a day, it takes up a lot of storage space. To prevent the need for literal warehouses full of computer servers, the old footage is overwritten after a period of time. Unless it’s has been specifically told to be saved.
Video evidence of your wreck may disappear after a week or two if you’re not able to act quickly enough. Which is why you need a truck accident lawyer in Dallas to help with your settlement.
Herbert Law Group Helps You Recover what You Deserve
Most of the time, an insurance settlement isn’t going to fully cover what you need to heal. That’s why Herbert Law Group helps “nudge” those insurance companies in the right direction so they pay out a settlement that is fair.
When you are injured in a wreck, whether that’s with a semi-truck or another motorist, we are here to make sure you don’t have to stress about collecting evidence and negotiating with the insurers.
It all starts with a get-to-know-you phone call. Let’s make sure that we are a good fit, and that we can help you get on track to healing. Call us at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site, and we’ll be in touch.