Red Light Cameras as Evidence in Car Accidents

Big Brother is watching. More and more buildings have surveillance cameras on them that record everyday going ons, and incidentally record accidents as they happen. Red Light Cameras that are in place to capture motorists who ignore red light signals. However, the images they take can also be used to determine who was at fault for an intersection accident. Many times when two cars or vehicles collide in an intersection both drivers will claim that they had the green light and that the other car ran the red light. Without an independent eye witness it would be impossible to tell who was telling the truth. However, when the collision takes place in an intersection where there is a red light camera, there will be definitive proof of who had the right of way. While most government records can be obtained through Freedom of Information Laws, there is an exception for the red light cameras. The cameras are usually maintained and monitored by independent third party contractors who the municipalities contract with. For example, in Nassau County, New York, the red light camera program is overseen by the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency, but operated by American Traffic Solutions. In a recent case where an insurance company tried to obtain the photographs taken by the red light camera, the court ruled that while the records cannot be obtained through the County, they can be obtained through the independent contractor. The records are not maintained indefinitely so it is important to obtain them as soon as possible before they are erased or lost. If you are involved in a car or motor vehicle accident you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your rights and make sure that a proper investigation is started as soon as possible. Zalman Schnurman & Miner are New York personal injury attorneys that handle car accident cases, including intersection accidents, red light cases, rear end cases, and all other types of car accidents and other accident cases. Please call us at 1-800-Lawline (1-800-529-5463) for a free consultation. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee to you unless we obtain a recovery. Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. is a New York Personal Injury Law Firm that handles cases in New York City including Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the surrounding areas including Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Westchester. The information provided in this blog id for informational purposes only, and is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice please contact a lawyer to discuss the specific facts of your case.

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