Can Footage From an Intersection Camera Affect My Car Accident Case?

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If you are suing over a car accident, you want to have as much evidence as possible. If your crash happened near an intersection camera, it stands to reason that the footage from that camera could help you out. Our Monmouth County car accident attorneys could help you secure that footage and any other evidence that can help you make your case.

How Do You Get Footage From an Intersection Camera?

There is usually a simple way to request the footage from a camera. The ones used by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, for example, require you to fill out a form and pay a fee. Cameras could be owned by other government agencies though, so sometimes it is easier to have your lawyer handle this.

Your attorney can figure out who has the footage and make the appropriate requests. They can also help if you find that a nearby camera is owned by a resident or a business. Private citizens are under no obligation to hand over their camera footage, but it could be worthwhile to ask.

How Can an Intersection Camera Strengthen Your Case?

The footage from an intersection camera could end up showing that the other driver was at fault for the accident. If it records the other driver speeding, swaying between lanes, or ignoring traffic signals, that could really strengthen your case.

Unfortunately, sometimes a camera won’t end up recording anything worthwhile. Depending on where the accident happened and the circumstances leading up to it, the footage might just not contain what you need. That is why your lawyer is prepared to help you seek out other evidence and build a strong case, with or without the help of intersection cameras.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

After you get into a car accident, you should act quickly to protect yourself and begin building a case. We recommend:

  • Pulling over somewhere safe
  • Exchanging info with the other driver or drivers involved
  • Calling the cops so that they can make a report
  • Taking pictures of the accident scene
  • Getting medical care as soon as possible

Then you need to talk to an attorney, especially if you plan to use intersection camera footage in your case. Depending on who operates these cameras, the footage might not be archived for long.

How Can an Attorney Help Me?

Your attorney isn’t just there to help you gather evidence. They can also:

  • Handle all communications on your behalf
  • Calculate fair compensation
  • Field settlement offers
  • Prepare you for testimony or depositions
  • Defend you from any accusations of wrongdoing
  • Help you hold all liable parties accountable

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Proving the negligence of another driver can be tough on your own. Contact the Wilton Law Firm and schedule a free consultation to learn more about how our personal injury attorneys can be of assistance. We can help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.