Traffic camera footage can provide valuable evidence that could help strengthen your case for compensation.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Fort Worth, TX, caused by another driver, it's important to have evidence proving the crash was not your fault. And one of the most critical pieces of evidence you can have to help prove responsibility is video footage of your car accident.
But how do you get such video footage? What’s the process?
If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident that was not your fault, experienced legal representation can make a meaningful difference in the outcome of your case. To find out how an experienced Fort Worth, TX, car accident lawyer can help you find the facts that matter to your case, contact Coby L. Wooten, Attorney At Law, for a free consultation.
Types of car accident video footage
Depending on where your car crash happened in Fort Worth, there may be several different types of video footage of your collision. This often includes:
- Traffic video footage, especially at busy intersections or interstate highways in Fort Worth.
- Police video footage that was recorded by the law enforcement officer who responded to your crash. Often, the officer who responds is either a local police officer from the Fort Worth Police Department or a state trooper from the Texas Highway Patrol.
- Dash camera (Dash Cam) footage that was recorded by vehicles involved in the collision or recorded by other drivers driving by the accident.
- Cellphone video footage of the car crash that was recorded by people involved in the accident (drivers, passengers, etc.) or passersby who witnessed the collision.
- Security camera footage of the car crash that was recorded on security cameras at businesses located near the crash site.
How to get a copy of your car accident video
First, let’s start with traffic camera footage recorded on cameras located near busy intersections or on highways in Fort Worth. In most cases, these cameras are owned and maintained by local or state entities, such as the City of Fort Worth or the Texas Department of Transportation. If so, you will need to contact them directly (or hire an attorney to do it for you).
If your video was recorded by the investigating police officer or state trooper who responded to your collision, you need to contact that law enforcement agency directly.
If someone witnessed your collision and recorded a video of your crash or its aftermath, the investigating police officer may have interviewed them and included their statement as part of your official Texas car accident report. Make sure you get a copy of this report and carefully review it.
Finding such footage can be difficult if someone else recorded a video of your collision, especially if you have never been involved in a car crash before and don't know how to navigate this difficult process. This is why having an experienced car accident lawyer immediately investigate your crash is critical.
How much time do I have to get video footage?
There’s no set time for how long car accident video footage is saved. For example, if someone recorded the video on their dash cam mounted on their dashboard or their cellphone, they might erase such videos after only a few days. This is why it's in your interest to have an attorney working for you who understands the urgency of your case and can take steps to locate and preserve evidence.
Contact an experienced Fort Worth, TX, car accident attorney today.
Finding video footage of a car accident can be extremely difficult. In addition, even if you have access to such video recordings, don’t simply assume that you will be fairly compensated for your accident-related expenses. In many cases, the at-fault party (especially the at-fault driver’s insurance company) will do everything possible to reduce or deny your injury claim.
At Coby L. Wooten, Attorney At Law, our legal team can get right to work on your case. We know how to investigate serious car crashes, and we know what evidence to look for to build a strong case for the compensation you're entitled to under Texas law.