One of Tennessee’s most common causes of accidents is when someone on the road disobeys traffic regulations. For example, failure to stop at a stop sign or at a red light can cause an accident. In this article, we’ll explain how to collect video proof after a car accident:
Why Video Evidence of a Car Accident is Important
When both drivers involved in the collision assert that they had the right of way, you or your lawyer will need to assess if there is any proof that the other driver was at fault for running a stop sign or red light.
The other driver’s insurance carrier will typically deny your claim, and you won’t receive any compensation if they claim they didn’t run the stop sign or red light because they must take their word for it.
How To Collect Video Evidence After a Car Accident
If a video of the collision exists, an attorney should immediately check to see if they can use the footage to establish the other driver was at fault for the client’s damages. Here’s how to collect video proof after a car accident:
- You should immediately search all the buildings and households close to the accident scene to see if anyone may have video footage and ask if they have video of the accident.
- Nowadays, many homes have Ring doorbell systems, which could have captured the accident. Please ask anyone close to the intersection if they have any video cameras or if they saw the accident.
- If there are recordings, most last for more than 30 days, but some will only last for a week or less. You must act fast and get to the scene to check if any footage is present.
- Since every video is live, it is unlikely that government-run traffic cameras will have recordings.
- The footage may still be helpful to determine the speed or whether the other driver used their brakes, even if it does not show the collision.
- To collect the Electronic Control Modules (ECM), which are crucial in many crashes, ask the other driver to keep their automobile intact. A specialist may download the data from the other car to reveal how fast it was moving or whether it had used the brakes roughly five seconds before the accident.
- Always try to get a 911 call log and audio recordings. If you have a witness’s phone number, you can call them to ask if they saw the collision and to find out whether or not anyone ran a green or red light.
Being involved in a car accident is an unpleasant experience. So, it’s essential to remain calm to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.
We hope you’ve found these tips on how to collect video proof after a car accident informative. As a reminder, if you or a family member has been involved in an accident or injured due to the negligence of another party, contact our Nashville-based office at 615-244-2111 for a free and confidential consultation. We will be happy to review your case at no cost to you.
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