Importance of Advances in Video Technology in Georgia Personal Injury Cases


January 24, 2016

Rapidly advancing technology has made the process of gathering evidence involving hit-and-run car accidents and other motor vehicle crash claims more effective. When our law firm was founded over three decades ago, ownership of video cameras was largely confined to television stations. Further, the technology of that period involved bulky and heavy devices that needed to be mounted on a fixed tripod. These limits, in terms of portability and accessibility, combined with the exorbitant costs of such cameras, meant that playing live video footage of a car crash resulting in injury and subsequent investigation was rarely an option. However, current advances in surveillance technology have made it much more important that a car accident investigation involve a search for video footage obtained from a variety of sources.

Although hit-and-run accident lawsuits can be pursued by identifying other viable defendants or filing a claim against a victim's own uninsured motorist coverage, a search for video from a wide spectrum of types of cameras can provide critical evidence, such as, among others:

Truck, Cab & Bus Cameras: An increasing number of public and private mass transit vehicles are equipped with video recording systems. The cameras are designed to protect transportation entities from liability claims in the face of erroneous allegations that the driver was operating a vehicle unsafely. Effective use of the discovery process to obtain such footage can result in critical evidence depicting negligent driving.

Red Light Traffic Cameras: Although no one wants a traffic ticket for running a red light or speeding, these cameras can capture critical information about the cause of a motor vehicle accident. While drivers do not want their vehicle caught on camera when they are violating a traffic law, footage of your vehicle being T-boned by a driver who runs a red light and flees the scene of the accident can be extremely valuable.

Law Enforcement Dash Cam/Police Bodycam Footage: This footage can provide contemporary evidence of an intoxicated driver's field sobriety tests, signs of alcohol impairment, incriminating statements, and other persuasive evidence regarding liability and damages. If the officer makes a mistake in the police report, the video record can sometimes substantiate how the actual events transpired.

Mobile Phone Cameras: The widespread ownership of mobile smart phones means that witness accounts from private citizens are increasingly likely prior to or at the scene of a car crash. Both private citizens and emergency responders at an accident scene might have cell phone video footage that could be reviewed.

Interior & Exterior Surveillance Video: Many businesses and even private residences have camera systems on the outside and inside of the premises. When our law firm investigates our clients' personal injury claims, we often seek out these sources of information when it is available.

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Category: Personal Injury

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