Can Video Surveillance Be Used to Prove Negligence in a Car Accident. See How a Car Accident Attorney Can Help Get the Footage.

If you are hit by a reckless or distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. The insurance company of the driver who hit you may be liable for the medical expenses, lost wages, and long-term pain and suffering associated with your injury. To get this money, you will need to prove that the other driver caused the accident, that they did so as a result of negligence, recklessness, or illegal behavior, that you were injured in the accident, and that you are owed a certain amount of money. 

Can Video Surveillance Be Used to Prove Negligence in a Car Accident

To pursue your claim and prove your case, you will need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney. Your lawyer will lead a team of investigators and other experts who are qualified to gather and analyze the evidence that can demonstrate the culpability of the other driver and the liability of their insurance company. 

Video Evidence 

Video footage is one of the most powerful pieces of evidence that can be presented to a potential jury. Although most accident injury cases do not go to trial, your attorney will gather evidence that can prove to a jury who was at fault for the collision. 

There are 4 kinds of video evidence that are allowed by courts. They are as follows: 

  1. Accident video

Cameras are everywhere. They are on buildings, at intersections, on store fronts, and in parking lots. Then there are cell phone cameras. Everyone has them and seem to always be using them. Personal, commercial, and government video cameras can all be tapped for their footage of the accident, which can then be admitted as evidence in a civil case. Specifically, you can gather and submit accident footage from the following devices: 

-Cell phones 

-Vehicle cameras 

-Traffic cameras 

-Video surveillance cameras 

-Doorbell cameras 

  1. Accident reconstruction video 

Your car accident attorney will bring in an expert who can use the forensic evidence left at the scene to reconstruct the accident using a computer simulation. This kind of video can help jurors see how the accident unfolded and the sequence of events that led to it. 

  1. Deposition video 

If you are forced to file a lawsuit against the insurance company, then your lawyer will be able to depose the other driver and the people who witnessed the accident. Such depositions are recorded on video. Such a question-and-answer session can make for compelling viewing by a jury, and this can help your case. 

  1. Day in the life video 

If you were seriously injured in the crash, you may be forced to live with the consequences of the accident on a daily basis. To show the jury how the accident has impacted your life, you can shoot a day in the life video—a document of your daily experience as an accident victim. 

You should also bear in mind that not all video evidence is admissible, and that the respondent’s attorney will want to challenge your evidence. All video evidence must be authenticated by an independent expert. The video must also be relevant to the issue at hand and cannot contain any hearsay or over-the-top emotional statements. 

If you have been injured in an accident, you should hire a car accident lawyer to represent you. A car accident attorney will do the work of gathering the evidence needed to prove your case. Call our law offices today at any of our convenient locations and get a free consultation.

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