If you are injured in a car accident, your chances of recovering compensation depend on your ability to demonstrate that another party was negligent. In order to receive the largest possible settlement or verdict, you may also need to demonstrate that you were not partially at fault. Doing so requires that you have strong evidence to support your claim, and one of the strongest forms of evidence is video footage of the crash.
Video footage may not exist for every accident, but it is available more often than you might expect. The question is, how can you find it in order to use it in your case? It can be difficult to obtain video evidence on your own, but an experienced personal injury attorney can make it much easier.
What Kind of Video Evidence May Be Available?
Depending on where the accident happens and who is around to witness it, video footage of the crash may be available from a variety of sources. Some of the most common include:
- Cell phone cameras – Passengers in nearby vehicles or pedestrian bystanders may decide to record erratic driving behavior on their cell phone or another mobile device, in which case they may capture the circumstances leading to the collision.
- Dashboard cameras – Many police vehicles are equipped with dashboard cameras, and it is also increasingly common for the average driver to have them installed in their own vehicle. Dashboard cameras can be set to record continuously, possibly making it more likely that they are active for the moment of a crash.
- Residential security cameras – If your accident happened in a residential area, chances are good that a homeowner in the surrounding area had a security camera recording at the time. Doorbell cameras are now especially popular, and they may start recording after detecting motion from passing vehicles.
- Public and commercial security cameras – Businesses, parking lots, and municipal areas are commonly equipped with security cameras as well. Their field of view often extends to nearby roads where accidents occur.
If you speak to a witness who has captured video footage of the crash, they may be willing to share the footage with you upon your request, and your attorney can help you preserve it. Your lawyer can also investigate the case to identify sources of footage that you may not be aware of. In cases when someone does not willingly turn over footage, your attorney may be able to help you obtain it using a subpoena.
Contact a New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney
After a car crash that leaves you injured, The Bettersworth Law Firm will help you pursue all possible sources of evidence that can strengthen your case, including any video footage that shows how the collision occurred. Contact us as soon as possible at 830-443-9193 to speak with a New Braunfels car wreck lawyer who can work to collect footage while it is readily available. We provide free initial consultations.