How to Obtain Traffic Camera Video of Your Car Accident

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If you’re involved in a car accident that results in injuries or extensive property damage, having video of the crash could be crucial. Video evidence can help authorities and attorneys determine what happened and who was responsible for the collision.

If liability is disputed and you need to prove fault in court, you might need to obtain a copy of any footage from nearby traffic cameras.

The Dallas car accident lawyers at Tate Law Offices, P.C. have extensive experience helping people who’ve been hurt in car accidents collect the evidence they need to prove their claim and seek compensation for the harm they’ve suffered.

We’ve provided the following general information to help you understand the basics of how to get traffic camera video should you need it. Our attorneys will be standing by to assist you with every aspect of your claim when you need us.

How Many Accidents Happen Near Traffic Cameras in Texas?

More than 50 percent of injury and fatal collisions occur at or near intersections, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This means that at least half of the time, there will possibly be some form of surveillance available to help determine liability.

Different entities could be responsible for the cameras, however, so it is vital to determine who owns and operates the camera.

While some video evidence will come from official traffic cameras, keep in mind that other forms of video evidence might also exist in the form of private surveillance cameras or dashcams in vehicles.

Examples of potential sources of traffic camera video include:

  • TxDOT or municipalities
  • Toll road authorities
  • Private businesses
  • Private property owners
  • Drivers with dash-mounted cameras
  • Private homes with security cameras

Obtaining the video evidence can be challenging in some cases. Read more below to learn how to secure it when necessary.

How Do I Get the Traffic Recording for My Case?

Because different entities might own and control the cameras that have footage of the crash, getting a hold of it can be challenging. Even determining whether there was video of the crash can be difficult. You’ll want to hire an experienced car accident lawyer to assist you in securing this crucial evidence for your case.

If the accident was captured by a traffic cam or highway cam at an intersection, the camera could be owned by a public entity like the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), a municipal government, or a private contractor or company.

Each entity will have different procedures and regulations to follow when releasing footage, and most will require a legal subpoena.

While it is possible that you could simply request a copy of the video, most companies will refuse to release any footage unless compelled by the court. An experienced injury attorney will know how to obtain a subpoena for the video and use it as crucial evidence when building your case.

You can help your case by taking note of any nearby traffic cameras or other surveillance cameras that might have captured the events of the crash. Tell your attorney of any cameras you saw, and they can help collect the footage for you.

If a camera owned by a private business or individual – like a closed-circuit security camera or dashcam – captured footage of your crash, your lawyer could also assist you in retrieving copies of that footage as well. Again, it might be challenging to convince private entities to release the footage, but with some legwork and convincing, it is likely that your attorney will be able to secure it.

How Long Are the Recordings Available?

After any accident, time is limited to secure a copy of the video footage. Because each company has different rules regarding the destruction or overwriting of its video data, you should take swift action to get a copy before it is too late.

People who’ve been hurt will usually need to focus on treatment and recovery in the hours, days, and weeks or longer after the crash, so it is vital to hire an injury attorney to handle the investigation and recovery of video footage immediately.

We recommend that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible after a crash so they can get to work immediately. Because obtaining a subpoena and navigating the bureaucratic red tape at these organizations can take some time, you’ll want to make sure your attorney is on the case right away before the footage is destroyed or lost.

How Can a Recording Help My Dallas Car Accident Claim?

If liability for a car accident is disputed, video evidence could be crucial to proving your claim. When no camera footage exists, drivers might blame one another or try to shift blame elsewhere for the crash. Your attorney will have to examine the scene and the points of collision to try to determine who was at fault, and might need to count on eyewitness statements, cell phone records, and other forms of evidence to piece together what happened.

If your lawyer can obtain clear video footage that shows the other driver was responsible for the crash, it will go a long way in convincing the other party’s insurance company or a judge and jury that you were not at fault and that you are owed compensation as a result.

Contact Tate Law Offices for Help with Your Dallas Car Crash Claim

Were you hurt in a collision at an intersection in Dallas or anywhere else in Texas? If so, video evidence might exist, and the skilled Dallas car accident lawyers of Tate Law Offices will be ready to help you secure it. We know how to handle these cases the right way, and we’ll do everything in our power to obtain all of the crucial evidence that will help you win the compensation you deserve.

Because time is limited to secure camera footage, be sure to contact us immediately for help if you’re involved in a crash. We can be reached by phone or through our contact forms or live chat on our site. There’s never any upfront fee for our investigation or representation. We only collect if we win money for you.

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.