If you suffer a catastrophic injury in a motor vehicle accident, filing a personal injury claim may be instrumental in securing the compensation you need to afford necessary treatment. However, receiving the best possible settlement is often a matter of proving that another party is at fault for the accident.
Some crash scenes might not clearly indicate the circumstances that cause the accident, and there may not be reliable witness testimony to fall back on either. In these cases, the presence of cameras can be crucial in strengthening your personal injury claim.
Dash camera footage
Dash cameras become more common with each passing year, and many drivers choose to install them in an attempt to lower car insurance premiums. If you have a dash cam in your vehicle, the footage can help reveal the nature of your crash. Even by providing only a single viewing angle, your dash camera can prove that you are not guilty of disobeying traffic rules or exhibiting negligent behavior.
Traffic camera footage
In the absence of a dash camera, government traffic cameras can also provide evidence in your personal injury case. If your accident occurs near a major intersection or a building with outward-facing security cameras, requesting the footage can bolster your claim. Be sure to work with your legal team to get help officially requesting footage from the local government.
Keep in mind that using camera footage in your personal injury case might reveal if you are partially at fault for the accident. Even so, it may be possible to receive partial compensation which is preferable to a complete lack of settlement if the insurance company believes you are fully at fault.