Can I Request Surveillance Camera Footage of My Car Crash in New York?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC November 17, 2021 Car Accidents

All too often after a car accident, the involved individuals will have different versions of  how the crash occurred. When this occurs, having evidence to support your version is vital to recovering your losses from the accident. While witness testimonials and pictures are essential pieces of evidence, a video of the accident can show exactly what occurred, and quickly put to rest any question as to blame for the accident.

More people are investing in dashboard cameras that can record their vehicles and the surrounding area in case an accident occurs. However, if you do not have a dash camera or it does not get the right angle of the accident, you may want to request surveillance camera footage from a business or organization in the area that may have captured the collision. This process can be complicated without the help of an experienced car accident lawyer. If you are filing a car accident claim and need assistance recovering surveillance footage, contact Lever & Ecker, PLLC.

Can I Request Surveillance Footage of My New York Car Accident?

While private individuals and organizations are generally not legally obligated to provide you with surveillance footage, they may grant you access to see and use the video footage for your case. Some people or businesses may be more inclined to give you the footage than others. An experienced car accident attorney can often convince them to give you a copy of the surveillance video or inform the police of the evidence. In some cases, a business or person may feel more comfortable working with a lawyer or a police officer.

If one party does not give you a copy of their video, you may be able to seek other footage of the accident from other cameras in the area. However, an experienced lawyer can seek the Court’s assistance to require a party to turn over surveillance footage. When you work with a dependable lawyer, you can trust that they will do their best to obtain all available video footage – along with other evidence – regarding your accident.

What Are Some Types of Cameras That Can Capture My Car Accident?

Various types of cameras can capture your accident. While traffic cameras and red light cameras can capture an accident, having another video showing the collision can be essential, particularly if the traffic footage does not show the correct angle or otherwise has deficiencies. The following are examples of cameras to look out for after an accident, other than traffic and police cameras:

  • Hotels, restaurants, gas stations, or other businesses with security cameras affixed to their buildings
  • News stations or organizations with private cameras to observe weather, traffic, and road conditions
  • Tourists or residents with private cameras
  • City buses or government vehicles with installed dash cameras

Traffic cameras may not have the right angle or catch the right moment of the accident. Thus, it may be vital for you to have more than one piece of video evidence for your case. If another camera might have picked up your collision, you will want to discuss your next steps with a car accident attorney.

Contact Lever & Ecker, PLLC for an Experienced Car Accident Attorney in New York

The main issue when gathering surveillance footage is the time it takes to collect the evidence. From searching the area to contacting the businesses, there are a lot of steps that go into recovering surveillance footage.

Trying to handle everything on your own is difficult when navigating a claim. With the help of our lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, you can feel confident in your legal representation. We have over 60 years of combined experience advocating for our client’s interests and rights. Our main goal is to make sure you have the best possible outcome for your case.

If you need assistance with your car accident claim, call (914) 350-6328 or (718) 550-6924 and fill out our contact form for a free consultation today.