Video evidence of your crash can support your injury claim or lawsuit
If you have been involved in a serious car accident in Tampa caused by another driver, you need evidence in support of your injury claim that proves that the other driver was at fault. That way, you can get the money you deserve for your car accident claim.
And one of the most important pieces of evidence in support of your claim can be video footage of your car crash. But how do you obtain a copy of such video footage? What footage is available? And how long are these car accident videos saved?
It’s important that you know the answers to these questions and how the process works. At Armando Personal Injury Law, we have years of experience helping injury victims in Hillsborough County and throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a Tampa-area car accident, we can help you find the facts that matter to your case. To see how a Tampa car accident lawyer can help you, contact us today.
What type of video footage is available of a car crash?
Many times, serious car accidents in Tampa are caught on video. Such video footage can cover a wide range, including:
- Traffic camera video footage, especially at busy intersections in downtown Tampa.
- Highway video footage on Interstate 4 and other nearby highways.
- Tollbooth video footage, including traffic camera footage on toll roads like the Selmon Expressway in Tampa.
- Security camera footage, especially if the collision occurred near a business with outdoor security cameras.
- Dashboard camera (dash cam) video footage recorded by vehicles involved in the collision or driving by the accident at the time of the crash.
- Cellphone video footage of the accident recorded by people involved in the accident or passersby who witnessed your car crash.
- Police video footage recorded by the police officer or state trooper from the Florida Highway Patrol who responded to your accident.
How do I get a copy of my car accident video footage?
Often, the best way to get video footage of your Florida collision is to contact the person or business that owns or operates the camera that recorded your car crash. This might sound simple. But actually getting street light camera footage, traffic camera footage, dash cam video and other video evidence of your car crash might involve contacting multiple local or state agencies and private businesses or individuals to get a copy of such video footage.
An experienced Florida car accident lawyer can help you track down such accident videos. They know how to access traffic camera footage in Tampa and other communities in Florida. They know how long traffic camera footage is stored. They also understand the urgency of your case and can act fast to get videos of your car accident.
How To Obtain Traffic Camera Footage In Florida
Traffic camera footage of your car accident can come from a variety of sources. In Tampa and other parts of Central Florida, getting such car accident video footage might involve contacting:
- The City of Tampa, especially if your crash was recorded on a red light traffic camera at an intersection.
- The Florida Department of Transportation, especially if your collision occurred on a highway equipped with traffic cameras.
- The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), which owns and operates the Selmon Expressway in Tampa.
- The Tampa Police Department, especially if a Tampa police officer responded to your collision.
- The Florida Highway Patrol, especially if a state trooper responded to your crash.
- The business that owns the security camera that recorded footage of your collision.
- The person who filmed your car crash or its aftermath on their cellphone.
If you’re not sure how to contact these people, your lawyer can help find them as part of their research, which often includes carefully reviewing your official Florida car accident report or tracking down eyewitnesses through an independent investigation.
How long is car accident video footage saved?
There’s no set time limit for how long traffic camera video footage of a car accident is saved by a business, an individual, or a government agency. In some cases, businesses or individuals might erase video footage after only a few hours or days. This is why it’s critical that you talk to a car accident lawyer who can take steps to locate and preserve street light camera footage, traffic camera footage and other video evidence of your accident. Otherwise, video footage of your crash might be destroyed forever before you can get access to it.
We can help you navigate the aftermath of a crash
Evidence builds strong legal cases. This is especially true when it comes to car accidents caused by another driver. Without video footage or other proof of what happened, you might have a hard time getting the money you deserve for your injury-related expenses. That’s because the at-fault driver may deny responsibility, or their insurance company might try to blame you for causing the crash.
At Armando Personal Injury Law, we can help set the record straight. We can investigate your accident and search for video footage along with anything else that shows what really happened. Then, we can build a strong case based on facts to advocate for the compensation you deserve.
Discover what we can do for you. Contact us to review your legal rights and options with an experienced Tampa car accident attorney you can trust. Our office is located on East 5th Avenue in Tampa, and we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay no fees unless we win your case. Schedule a free case evaluation today. We work hard to win cases.