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Can a traffic camera’s footage help your personal injury case?

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2019 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Sometimes car accident litigation comes down to your word against the other party’s. If the physical evidence from the crash is not enough for law enforcement or the insurance companies to decide what happened, then you may have to rely on witnesses and your own testimony. That is not always enough to make your case. Luckily, there may be another option available in North Carolina. 

The Claims Journal explains traffic cameras could help you prove your personal injury case beyond a reasonable doubt. Cameras are all over nowadays. Communities often use them to monitor traffic, which means a camera may have caught your accident. If you can get that footage, you may have an excellent way to prove your case. 


Camera footage makes the best witness for various reasons, starting with the fact it is credible. There is no doubt about a camera’s motivation or whether it remembered something correctly. What you see is the unaltered truth. It is pure fact with no outside influence, which makes it difficult to deny. 

Firsthand interpretation 

Another benefit is the jurors get to see what happened with their own eyes. They do not have to listen to someone else describe the incident, nor do they have to rely on someone else’s point of view. They get front-row seats to watch things unfold in real time. This makes it easier for them to make a judgment on the facts of the case. 

High-quality video 

These are not ordinary cameras. The city or whoever owns the traffic camera should keep it well-maintained and set up to capture accurate images of the roadway, often from multiple directions. This can give a clear video of the accident to provide as evidence in court. 

Getting the camera footage may take a little work, but it is well worth it to try to secure it for your case. Such a video can be what helps you win.