HOW TO GET VIDEO CAMERA RECORDING OF INTERSECTION ACCIDENT- MINNEAPOLIS CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Our auto accident attorneys frequently get calls from people who have been in a Minneapolis car accident, having sustained vehicle damage or personal injury, but there is a dispute with the insurance company about which driver was at fault. If the crash occurred at an intersection, the caller will usually ask if we or they can get the video recording from the intersection camera.
Of course, not all intersections in Minneapolis have cameras, but many do – particularly in areas with more people and greater traffic. The video recording (it used to be video tape, but now most recordings are digital) can be very powerful evidence and can often end the dispute. Therefore the intersection camera video is something our Minneapolis auto accident lawyers are always interested in.
Unfortunately, the video recording from an intersection accident in Minneapolis is usually only saved for a short time, generally less than 14 days, unless someone requests it. Sometimes a Minneapolis police officer or the state patrol will request the video recording of the car accident and have it saved, particularly if there is a fatality, but most often the intersection camera video is not saved and the accident victim cannot get it later. Our car accident attorneys have worked on many Minneapolis car crash cases where the client called too late for us to get the video footage because it was not saved in time.
This is one reason it can be important 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 admits being at fault, the insurance company may later take a different position and deny liability. Therefore, it is advisable to call the Minneapolis 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. This is something each lawyer in our office does for each Minneapolis auto accident injury case.
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are car accident lawyers with 25 years’ experience representing people injured in a crash in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota. Pam is a former partner with Meshbesher & Spence, providing personal attention to each of her clients. If you have been injured in a car crash in Minneapolis, please call our office for a free consultation with one of our top lawyers. You can meet us at our offices in Edina, St. Louis Park, or Minneapolis MN. Our lawyers also will meet car accident injury clients at their home or hospital in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota, or even by Zoom.