When you make a claim after a car accident, you want to gather as much evidence as possible and make your case for compensation. If you get into a crash near a camera, you may be wondering if you can get its footage. Intersection camera recordings can be recovered, and if they show anything useful they can be used by a New York car accident lawyer to strengthen your case.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Get Intersection Camera Recordings?
You do not need to have a lawyer to request camera recordings. Usually, you just have to put in a request with the local Department of Transportation, identifying the camera you want footage for. If they do not cooperate, then you may need an attorney’s assistance.
How Can Camera Recordings Help My Case?
Camera recordings can sometimes help strengthen a personal injury case. You just need the footage to show that the other driver made some kind of mistake or did something that made the accident their fault. A recording could show a driver:
- Ignoring a traffic signal, like a stop sign
- Proceeding when they do not have the right of way
However, accident victims should not be so sure that these camera recordings will provide them with the secret ingredient needed to win their lawsuits. Depending on how the accident occurred, an intersection camera may not have caught anything relevant. You may need other evidence, like witness testimony and police reports, and the help of an experienced attorney who can help you craft a compelling case.
What Kinds of Compensation Can I Recover When I Make an Accident Claim?
When you make an accident claim, you can recover compensation meant to make up for the pain you experienced and the financial costs incurred due to the accident. A fair offer should help address:
- Your medical bills
- The cost of any future medical care needed
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment
- Pain from disfigurement or disability
- Mental anguish
Your lawyer can help you calculate a fair compensation amount and then they can help you fight for what you and your loved ones deserve.
Why Do I Need a Car Accident Attorney?
You are not required to hire an attorney when making an accident claim, but having one on your side can make a difference. As we already mentioned, they can help you secure camera recordings and fight for compensation. They can also:
- Gather the other evidence needed to strengthen your case
- Handle all communications for you
- Field settlement offers
- Negotiate with defendants and insurers
- Keep you aware of important deadlines and court dates
Schedule Your Consultation
If you want to learn more about your legal options and what our attorneys can do to assist you with your claim, contact Zlotolow & Associates. We can schedule a free consultation for you.