Video footage of your crash can serve as objective evidence supporting your claim.
Evidence matters if you have been involved in a car accident in New Jersey caused by another driver. And one of the most critical pieces of evidence you can obtain involves video footage of your car crash.
But how do you obtain traffic camera footage of your New Jersey car accident? What’s the process? And what types of video footage are available? The answers to these questions are more complicated than you might expect. That’s why we want to help.
At The Leigh Law Firm, P.C., we have years of experience handling complex accident claims for injury victims. As a result, we know how to find video footage of collisions and can put our knowledge to work for you. To learn more about how a New Jersey car accident lawyer can help you, contact us today for a free consultation.
What car accident video footage is available?
First, it’s important to understand that there might be more than one video of your New Jersey car accident. Depending on the location of your collision and other factors, such video footage could include:
- Traffic camera footage of your accident, especially at certain intersections or interstate highways in New Jersey.
- Tollbooth video footage of your collision, especially if your accident occurred on a toll road in New Jersey, including the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
- Video footage recorded by the police officer who responded to your crash. This could be a local law enforcement officer from the Millburn Police Department or a state trooper from the nearest New Jersey State Police.
- Dash camera (Dash Cam) footage recorded by cars involved in the crash or other vehicles driving by the collision.
- Cellphone video footage of your collision recorded by someone involved in the accident or who saw your crash.
- Security camera footage, especially if your collision occurred near a business located on the same street as your accident.
How long is car accident video footage saved?
In most cases, there’s no set timeline for how long video footage of car accidents is saved in New Jersey. Businesses or individuals might sometimes erase such footage only a few days after an accident. That’s why it’s important for injury victims to request access to such footage right away. An experienced New Jersey car accident lawyer can help with this process and search for all available videos of your collision.
How do I request a video of my car accident?
Often, the best way to get a copy of any video of your car crash is to directly contact whoever owns, operates, or maintains the video camera that recorded footage of your collision. This might be a business or individual who filmed your accident.
In the case of traffic camera footage at an intersection, for example, this might be the city, county, or township where your collision occurred in New Jersey. For instance, if your accident occurred in Millburn, you may need to contact the Township of Millburn, NJ.
If your accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway, you might need to contact the New Jersey Turnpike Authority or another state office in New Jersey to request a copy of the video footage of your accident.
As for police footage of your crash, you may need to contact the investigating police officer who responded to it or the law enforcement agency they work for to request video of your collision.
How can a New Jersey car accident attorney help?
Obtaining video footage of a car crash in New Jersey can be a highly complex process. And if you don’t act fast, you might not get a copy of your car accident video before it’s destroyed. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to an attorney as soon as possible after your collision.
The Leigh Law Firm, P.C. can help you every step of the way. We know where to look, who to ask, and how to demand access to such video footage in a timely manner.
Learn more about your legal options. Contact us and schedule a free consultation with a New Jersey car accident attorney you can trust. We’re conveniently located in Millburn, New Jersey, and we handle legal cases throughout the state. Best of all, you only have to pay us if we get you a financial settlement or verdict. That’s because we work on a contingency fee basis.