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Can a lawyer access the camera footage of car accident scene?

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2021 | Car Accidents

Most drivers in the Indianapolis area will be in at least one car accident during their driving career. Luckily, most of these accidents are just minor fender benders. But occasionally a serious car accident occurs where the victim can suffer severe injuries like a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. If a person has been involved in such an accident they may wonder if camera footage would help their personal injury case.

These days, cameras are everywhere. Many different kinds of cameras could have recorded a car accident scene which can prove who was at fault for the accident.

  • Security cameras. Most businesses have some type of security camera set up. Gas stations and convenience stores, grocery stores, banks, etc. have security cameras that are always running. An attorney may need to request the footage with a subpoena for the accident.
  • Red-light cameras. Many traffic lights have red light cameras that record cars that run red lights.
  • Police car dash cams. If there was a police car in the area at the time of the accident their car may have recorded the crash.
  • Private traffic cameras. News or radio stations may install traffic cameras to monitor traffic patterns.
  • Private witness cameras. A person may have recorded the accident with their dash camera, cell phone, or bicycle helmet camera.

An attorney who specializes in personal injury can help their client obtain video footage of the accident, if available. They can visit the accident scene and interview witnesses and review the police report to help determine what happened. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.


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