In personal injury claims, video camera footage can be vital evidence to prove who is liable for your injuries. It is common for liability to be heavily disputed by insurance companies and the parties involved. If you believe that another party’s negligence was the cause of your accident and you have video evidence, it can help set the record straight.
How Video Footage Can Prove Negligence
Video cameras are everywhere today, from red light cameras at intersections to security cameras in stores, office buildings, parking lots, dash cams, doorbells, and of course, on phones. Camera footage can be a powerful piece of evidence if it shows the actual incident as it occurred and supports your claim regarding the type of injuries you sustained.
When proving a personal injury claim, you must be able to establish that the at-fault party was negligent or breached their duty of care by failing to keep you safe from harm. For instance, a driver breaches their duty of care by driving while intoxicated; a business owner breaches their duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for visitors by failing to maintain sidewalks, etc.
Whether a duty is owed to an injured person is fairly straightforward in most cases and typically isn’t contested. However, whether a party was negligent or breached their duty is almost always challenged. Evidence of negligence often hinges on the injured person’s testimony and credibility. However, video camera footage of the accident can support your claim that the other party is responsible for damages due to their negligent actions or lack thereof.
How To Obtain Video Camera Footage of Your Accident
If you believe there is video camera footage of your accident, any evidence captured on those cameras is owned by either public or private entities. They are typically only kept for a short time, possibly as little as 72 hours, before being deleted or copied over. Since it is essential to collect video evidence as soon as possible and you need to seek medical attention immediately, a personal injury attorney is the best person to coordinate the request process before the footage of your accident is erased. They can assist you with:
- Determining where and if there are any traffic cameras or businesses with security cameras near the accident scene.
- Contacting the parties who own and operate the cameras.
- Completing any forms and information required to obtain the video footage.
- Reviewing, storing, and sending the correct video files, as well as determining if they will support your injury claim.
Police are not required to disclose the location of traffic or security cameras that are near where your accident took place. They also do not have to provide evidence for your personal injury case, other than a police report.
Our Houston Personal Injury Lawyers Are Ready to Help
Liability in Texas personal injury cases is rarely cut and dry. Don’t wait to speak with one of our Houston personal injury lawyers so we may begin investigating immediately and collect any video camera footage that is available to support your claim. Call (713) 489-4270 and schedule a free consultation today.