HOW TO GET VIDEO CAMERA RECORDING OF ACCIDENT
We frequently get calls from people who have been in an auto accident, having sustained damage to their car or personal injury, but there is an insurance dispute about which driver was at fault. If the crash occurred at an intersection, the caller will inevitably ask if our lawyers can get the video recording from the intersection camera. The video can sometimes be the best possible evidence in a car crash case.
Of course not all intersections in Minnesota have cameras, but many do – particularly in areas with more people and greater traffic. The DOT also has cameras on most major highways in the metro area. The video recording (it used to be video tape, but now most recordings are digital) can be very powerful evidence for the car accident and can often end the dispute. The photos below were taken from an intersection video. The video clearly showed which car was at fault in a serious crash.
CAR CRASH VIDEO MUST BE REQUESTED PROMPTLY
Unfortunately, the video recording from a traffic accident at an intersection is usually only saved for a short time, generally less than 14 days, unless someone requests it. In many cases, the car accident video can be requested from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Sometimes a local police officer or the MN State Patrol will request the video recording, particularly if there is a fatality or serious injury. However, most often the intersection video is not saved and the accident victim cannot get it later. The DOT also has other cameras on major highways.
This is one reason to call an experienced car accident lawyer soon after the crash. Even if it seems like there should be no dispute over what happened, e.g. the other driver initially admits being at fault, the other driver’s insurance company may later take a different position. They may deny their driver was at fault or maybe claim that you were at least partially at fault. We also advise that YOU call the city police department and MN DOT soon after a crash to determine if there is a video recording, and get a copy or ask them to preserve it.