What Is the Benefit of an Intersection Camera in My Claim?

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When attempting to prove the defendant’s negligence in your car accident claim proceedings, your word may only get you so far. That is, you must provide a sufficient amount of evidence that supports your word as true. Tangible evidence, such as intersection camera recordings, usually works best to accomplish this. Follow along to find out the benefits of an intersection camera recording and how one of the proficient Howard County car accident attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can help you build a strong legal strategy.

What benefit does an intersection camera recording have in my accident claim?

Certain pieces of evidence may help paint a picture as to how your car accident went down (i.e., a police report, witness testimony, etc). However, other pieces of evidence, like an intersection camera recording, may show exactly what happened to cause your collision. For example, it may establish how the other driver, the defendant, failed to yield when approaching the intersection. In addition, it may show how hazardous road conditions may have played a role (i.e., large potholes, uncleared debris, etc). Ultimately, allowing the jury to watch the accident themselves may silence any disputes that are coming from the defense team.

What are the potential drawbacks of this footage?

To retrieve an intersection camera recording, your attorney may have to first request that the court issue a subpoena. This must be done quickly, as this footage is generally not saved for any longer than 30 days. So before you go through all this trouble, you and your attorney must talk over the potential drawbacks of presenting this footage in your claim proceedings.

For example, this recording may have only captured your accident from one perspective. Meaning that it may not show the reckless driving of the defendant in the hundreds of feet leading up to the accident location. Therefore, it may not be effective enough to clear up any factual disputes that arise.

Further, since only one perspective is captured, this recording may give off a skewed perception of fault. In other words, it may make it seem as though you were more to blame for your accident than you were. You must be made aware that Maryland upholds a strict contributory negligence standard. So if this footage makes the jury believe that you are even one percent responsible, then it may bar you from any sort of recovery.

With having to weigh the pros and cons, you must not wait too long to retain the services of one of the talented Howard County auto accident attorneys. This is especially true since the state of Maryland has a statute of limitations of three years from the date of your accident. So please call Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates at your earliest possible convenience.

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