Police Body Camera Footage in a Car Accident

When people are injured in car accident because of another driver’s fault, they have the right to pursue compensation for their medical bills, lost wages as a result of not being able to work, and other accident-related expenses. Before they can win compensation they must fight for it, and before they can fight for it they must prepare for the fight. After all, what boxer goes into a match without training for it? This same principle applies to injury lawsuits.

One of the ways that the Anderson Law Firm prepares for the fight against the at-fault driver’s insurance company is by gathering evidence in respect to the accident. This includes video footage of the wreck, pictures of the damaged vehicles, and witness testimonies. Of these, video footage of the wreck is one of the most important pieces of evidence an attorney can use. It’s one thing to talk about an accident, another thing is to actually see video from the accident and see how it unfolded.  While video footage has traditionally been taken from traffic cameras, a new method is starting to be used, which is using video recordings from police officers’ body camera. These cameras are attached to the front of police officers’ uniforms to record encounters and interactions officers have with people while on patrol.

The attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm can get access to video footage from police officers’ body camera and use it as evidence for injured clients.

Police Body Camera Footage is Valuable

So far we’ve briefly touched on why video footage from police officers’ body cameras are important. Let’s go into detail into several important points.

Body Cameras Record the Initial Approach

By the time an emergency medical team and firefighters arrive at the scene of the accident, several minutes may have passed from the time the accident occurred. In a matter of 5 minutes, for example, vehicles may have moved, witnesses may have left, and people may have exited their vehicles. This is where body camera footage comes in. When the police is called to the scene of the accident, police officers see the accident first-hand. This includes walking near and to the vehicles involved in the accident and asking victims if they are okay. Video footage from the body cam can record this very important first interaction, and raw emotions and footage can be used to show how the victim was affected in the accident.

Body Cameras Show Injured Victims

When the time comes for a lawsuit to be filed (and if a court appearance is necessary), months can have passed, even years, from when the accident occurred. In that timespan, the injured victims may have recovered from their injuries. The importance in body camera footage here is that the injured victims are shown at the accident with their injuries. Although this may include graphic content such as broken bones and blood, this is helpful in demonstrating how hurt the victim was.

Body Cameras Record the Accident Setting

While traffic camera footage can record how the accident occurred, the video perspective typically shows the view of the intersection from an elevated height. Additionally, video clarity can range from clear to pixelated. Body cameras record higher definition video footage. Furthermore, they record the setting of the accident in a first-person perspective. Factors such as weather conditions, traffic, vehicle damage, and the overall setting can be better analyzed in this way.

How Credibility is Solidified Using Body Cameras

As you might have realized already, the video footage from police officers’ body cameras can play a very important role as evidence. One issue that can come up in a lawsuit, and this is where the at-fault driver’s insurance company’s lawyers will try to fight, is the issue of credibility.

The other party’s lawyers will argue that the accident didn’t really happen in the way that it did, the accident wasn’t that bad, and most importantly, you weren’t injured in the accident. This can all jeopardize your fight for compensation - that is, if your case wasn’t prepared for the legal fight. When we use video footage from the body camera of the police officers that went to your accident, there is very little if anything to question surrounding the facts of the accident. After all, it’s difficult to argue that something did or didn’t occur when the video shows exactly how your vehicle was left, how you were injured, and how the at-fault driver’s negligence caused the wreck.

The Anderson Law Firm Can Get Body Camera Footage

The attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm have the ability to request and use body camera video footage for your case. Our attorneys use the law to the fully extent to represent our injured clients, and we can subpoena video camera footage and any other record relevant to your case to build your accident case. As an injured victim of a car accident, you have the legal right to fight for compensation.

If you need a legal team on your side that can use body camera footage and other important pieces of evidence to represent you for your injuries and medical expenses, call the Anderson Law Firm now to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

Mark A. Anderson
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Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas