If you suffered injuries and damages in a car accident, you might understandably be eager to gather as much relevant evidence as possible to support your claim. An intersection accident video is some of the most helpful evidence in a car accident lawsuit. Unfortunately, obtaining surveillance camera footage for intersection accidents can be difficult. Contact an attorney to help you get video evidence in intersection accident cases and read on to learn more about these videos and how they can help you.
What Is an Intersection Accident Video?
Collisions regularly occur at intersections, and the most challenging part of an auto accident is usually determining who is at fault. In many accidents, involved parties often blame the other driver and claim they had the right of way. Luckily, it’s not uncommon to find cameras that capture video evidence for intersection accidents. The factors going into the cause of an accident usually begin well before the collision occurs, making an intersection accident video particularly useful. For example, a camera can catch when a driver failed to yield at an unprotected left-turn intersection and caused an accident.
What Type of Cameras Might Catch My Accident?
When it comes to recorded accident footage, many injured victims wonder, “Can I see traffic camera evidence in New Jersey or New York accident cases?” The answer is complicated. While it’s possible to view accident footage from traffic cameras, the footage captured may not benefit your case. For example, there may be issues with the camera quality or the angle.
Your attorney may seek private cameras that capture more usable footage of your collision. If you locate a camera with useful footage, you must act quickly when contacting the individuals or businesses operating these cameras. Many may delete footage if it does not affect them directly. The different types of cameras that may help your attorney include the following:
- Cameras used for individuals that unintentionally captured footage of your crash;
- Cameras installed by news broadcasting companies for reporting traffic, weather, and road conditions;
- Cameras installed on public vehicles, including buses,
- Security cameras installed at businesses and private residences may have captured a collision; and
- Cameras that drivers installed on their dashboards to record footage while commuting.
Your attorney researches where your collision occurred to determine whether access to other cameras may exist in the area.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
A car accident can happen for any number of reasons. Determining the cause of your accident assists your attorney in determining liability so that you can recover compensation for your losses. The following represent the most common causes of car accidents:
- Speeding. All drivers must adhere to posted speed limits for their safety and the safety of others. If a speeding driver caused your accident, your attorney finds evidence to support this finding to prove the driver’s liability.
- Distracted driving. Texting or talking on the phone, fiddling with a GPS, eating, drinking, or engaging with other passengers in a car all contribute to the dangerous act of distracted driving. Even a few seconds with your eyes off the road can have catastrophic consequences.
- Drunk driving. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is against the law. Alcohol and drugs hinder a driver’s reaction time and focus and drastically increase the risk of danger to others on the road.
- Fatigue. In many cases, driving while fatigued can have the same effect as driving while intoxicated. If drivers are too tired to go, they should postpone their travel until they are more rested.
- Driving recklessly and failing to adhere to traffic laws. All drivers must adhere to traffic laws, including making complete stops at intersections and obeying all traffic laws.
- Defective car parts or maintenance. Drivers must maintain the condition of their vehicles to ensure their safety on the road. Some common steps all drivers must take include checking tire pressure, ensuring all headlights and taillights are functioning correctly, and ensuring the condition of their brakes.
An experienced personal injury attorney obtains accident reports, gathers photographic and documentary evidence, interviews witnesses, and speaks with insurance companies to uncover the facts surrounding the cause of your accident. Solidifying the other driver’s liability in causing your accident helps ensure your path to financial compensation.
What Damages Can I Recover?
New York and New Jersey law permit victims injured in a car accident to recover damages from the liable party. Damages are divided into economic and non-economic damages and are awarded for making the victim “whole” again after their losses.
Economic damages represent calculable losses directly related to your accident. These include the following:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost wages,
- Loss of future earnings,
- Property damage.
Receipts, invoices, pay stubs, and other documentation supports your economic damages calculation.
Non-economic damages represent subjective losses, usually stemming from your injuries’ psychological and emotional effects. These losses include:
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Loss of consortium,
- Loss of enjoyment of life,
- Permanent injury or disfigurement.
Due to their intangible nature, non-economic damages are easier to establish and prove with the assistance of a qualified attorney. However, many victims find that these losses more adequately compensate them for the losses that profoundly affect their daily lives but may not be physically apparent.
At Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C., attorneys David Pierguidi and Jared Glugeth understand the difficulties injured victims and their families face after a devastating accident. You must seek the medical treatment you need and then retain a qualified attorney to represent you in your personal injury lawsuit. Accidents can cause sudden and life-changing injuries, and you deserve to recover financial compensation from the party who caused you harm. Negligence laws allow you to seek damages for injuries in auto accidents, but you need a qualified attorney to build a strong case on your behalf. Reach out to our law firm any time of the day for answers to your questions. We listen to your story to prepare a successful strategy for negotiating and litigating on your behalf. Contact Glugeth & Pierguidi today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you.