Could Surveillance Cameras Help You Prove Your Injury Claim?
After a Florida traffic accident, it is important to determine what caused the collision so the appropriate parties responsible for the accident can be held legally liable for damages. Sometimes, the case comes down to one person's word against the other person, which can leave juries and insurance companies uncertain as to the truth - sometimes the wrong person may even be held responsible. Fortunately, situations like this are becoming less common because there are so many surveillance cameras around. Video from red light cameras and surveillance cameras from nearby buildings can help accident victims prove who was responsible for causing a collision. Attorneys in West Palm Beach can help those who have been involved in accidents to conduct a through review of the accident scene and an independent investigation of the facts. The sooner you seek legal help, the more likely evidence supporting your claim will be obtained and preserved. Surveillance Cameras and Personal Injury Claims Recently, the Washington Post published an article about how surveillance cameras could be useful in proving car accident liability. An accident occurred in which a county sheriff's deputy ran a stop sign and t-boned a vehicle with a 25-year-old driver. The woman broke her neck in four places and incurred medical expenses that may top $1 million. After the accident, instead of admitting responsibility, the deputy arrested the victim of the collision for drunk driving based on statements from fellow law enforcement officers indicating that she had a slight odor of alcohol on her breath. He also used statements from the victim admitting that she had a few sips of a friend's drink at dinner to justify the arrest. Her injuries made it impossible for a breath test to be administered. The officer filed a police report that indicated he had come to a complete stop and that the allegedly drunk driver was responsible for the collision. However, her blood-alcohol content test revealed that she did not have any alcohol in her body at the time of the collision. The police report was also called into question because it said that the victim's lights were off when she was driving a vehicle with automatic headlights. Because of all the questions about what happened, video was obtained from a nearby airport surveillance camera. It showed the truth of what occurred. Unfortunately, the sheriff's department had this video two days after the accident but continued to deny what had happened and to allow prosecutors to move forward with provably false charges against the victim. While the officer has now admitted that he was responsible for the collision, the county still has not provided the victim with payment for her medical bills or other losses. She will likely need to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to obtain adequate compensation. Fortunately, the video should help her to make a clear-cut case that the officer and his employer are responsible for her injuries and damages. If you or a loved one is injured in a traffic accident, contact David J. Glatthorn at 800-990-9394 to discuss your rights. Serving Palm Beach County and all of South Florida.