Just about everywhere you drive in the city of Memphis will find you being monitored by a camera. Whether it’s a red light/intersection camera, SkyCop camera, video doorbell or closed-circuit feed from a private business camera, our actions are usually recorded somewhere. As reported in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, testimony during a lawsuit between the ACLU and the City of Memphis revealed that there are over 1,000 cameras located throughout the city used to monitor intersections and survey possible criminal activity. While this may seem like a staggering number of cameras, that is only a small amount when compared to the cameras homeowners and business owners use to monitor and protect their property.
Obtaining Traffic Camera Footage
As a personal injury attorney in Memphis, TN specializing in auto accidents, we have seen a number of cases resolved by reviewing traffic camera footage. Auto accidents are a hectic, confusing, and sometimes traumatizing scene, and the involved parties may not remember how an accident or event actually occurred. This isn’t shocking, but sometimes people will deliberately lie about how an accident occurred hoping to avoid a ticket or civil liability. The Chiozza Law Firm has discovered that obtaining footage from traffic and intersection cameras is a difficult, but not impossible, task.
If you request the recorded footage from the Memphis Police Department, you may find some resistance. It is possible, but not easy. We have found that most footage recorded by a city owned camera or device must be requested with a court-issued subpoena. Once a subpoena is issued, the footage is usually available soon thereafter.
Obtaining Private Camera Footage
If your accident occurred on or near a business parking lot, then the footage would have been recorded on a closed-circuit camera at the property owner’s expense. In these cases, time is of the essence, as private camera footage is routinely erased or only kept for a short period of time, even when footage is stored in the cloud. You or your attorney will need to immediately contact the property owner for assistance in obtaining any recordings, including reimbursing the owner for lost expenses and the time used in assisting you.
If you are involved in an accident on public roads or private property, it is important to take note of your exact location and look around for the presence of cameras. This information will help you or your attorney preserve and obtain the recordings as possible evidence in your case.
Call the Chiozza Law Firm
If you want to ensure the best possible outcome or decision in an auto accident case, you should contact an attorney. Hiring an attorney at the Chiozza Law Firm will cost you nothing out of pocket, and we offer no obligation, free consultations. To learn about your legal rights and options contact us at (901) 526-9494 or email Brian Chiozza for immediate assistance. We stand by our experience and fee structure, ensuring our clients quality legal representation for a fair and reasonable fee.
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