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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Surveillance Footage

There are many different things that should happen following a car accident, including getting necessary medical treatment. However, one of the most important things that must be done is to gather the evidence that demonstrates the liability of the other driver. This can be done in many ways, but one of the most compelling pieces of evidence may be surveillance video or photographs that are taken at the scene of an accident. In today’s technology age, it is common for there to be multiple cameras focused on an intersection or other section of road.

It is crucial to have an attorney who knows how to prove that the other person was responsible for the harm caused during the accident. The dedicated Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 130 years of collective experience in uncovering the evidence that is crucial to the success of a personal injury case. We know how to demonstrate liability in order to recover compensation for our clients.

At the heart of a car accident case is the determination of which driver took what actions that caused or contributed to the car crash. In some car crash cases, it may be necessary to demonstrate how third-party liability contributed to the collision. The demonstration of causation and liability may be done through accident reconstruction, witness testimony, police reports, and evidence at the scene of the accident. However, there are times when the evidence in inconclusive or unreliable and the drivers or other parties involved in the crash have different versions of events. This is where images that capture the events of the crash can play a pivotal role.

One of the most persuasive forms of evidence in a car crash case is actual video footage of the collision. This evidence is particularly important when the person who caused the accident disputes liability. There are many different types of cameras that capture videos and still frame shots, including:

• Cameras that are mounted at intersections to capture red light violations or drivers who are traveling in excess of posted speed limits;
• Cameras that are mounted on stop signs;
• Cameras on school buses that might be in the area of the accident;
• Cameras that are mounted on private businesses;
• Video cameras at public locations;
• Homeowners’ security cameras; and • Video that is taken by people who observed the accident.

It is important to have attorneys who understand the timely nature of many of these videos, which makes it necessary to act quickly to obtain the footage before it is lost or destroyed. While there are certain people who are willing to turn over the video footage in order to assist in an accident investigation, it is critical that the turnover happens in such a way that the authenticity of the footage can be assured if it needs to be introduced in court.

When a person or business owner does not hand over the video footage or photographs willingly, it will be necessary to send subpoenas. If there is too much of a delay before this is done, there may no longer be surveillance footage available.

Greenberg Stone and Urbano Advocates for Crash Victims

There are times when a car crash is a matter of he-said, she-said and it is critical to obtain as much evidence as possible in order to demonstrate liability and obtain the compensation that a car crash victim deserves. The South Florida car accident law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano has been fighting successfully for our clients’ rights for more than 30 years. We have received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell in recognition of our dedication and zealous advocacy. Further, we were voted one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get to work on your behalf.

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