When Video Tells The Accident Story
Evidence can be an important element of your personal injury claim. It can help you prove that the other driver was not at fault, in many cases. When it comes to evidence, video has quickly overtaken photographic evidence because it's better in several ways. To find out more, read on.
Better Than an Eyewitness
Law enforcement will interview any bystanders to find out what they saw during the accident. However, eyewitness opinions may not always be reliable. However, an unobstructed view of the accident is uncommon. Another issue is memory, In some cases, witnesses standing next to each other can provide conflicting statements about the accident. If video cameras are in place, however, they could provide a more accurate view of the incident. Many are mounted high enough to provide an excellent view of the roadway. In addition, some intersections have several cameras providing a view from various angles.
The time of the day, the season of the year, and several other factors can influence how drivers behave. For example, it's easy to be temporarily blinded by the sun rising or setting in many cases. On the other hand, if the other driver is claiming that the sun was a factor, video evidence can put that excuse to rest. Weather is also a big factor. If the roads are wet, flooded, or frozen, it probably influenced the stopping power of the brakes in the involved vehicles. Finally, road conditions and construction can have an impact on the accident and a video taken at the time of the accident can be invaluable.
Positioning of the Vehicles
A photograph may be taken of the accident scene, but a video of the same scene can provide greater detail in the positioning of the vehicles as they came to rest. That is because depth perception can be tricky when depending on a photograph. Video, when taken immediately after the accident, allows for more precise information about distances.
Obtaining Video Evidence
In some cases, accident victims or a passenger are well enough to record footage of the scene with their phones. Also, law enforcement officers have dash-cams along with bodycams and they can also be used alongside any cellular video for even more video evidence. Bystanders may also have their phones aimed at the accident and the aftermath.
In many cases, nearby businesses and residences will be outfitted with video cameras that captured the accident. In addition, some busy intersections boast multiple cameras that record all the time. Be sure you speak to a personal injury lawyer quickly before any important video evidence is accidentally recorded over or erased
To learn more about how video evidence can help you win your accident case, speak to a personal injury law firm, such as Hensley Law Office.