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Obtaining Traffic Camera Video Footage

Was your car accident caught on a highway traffic camera?

In this day and age, cameras are everywhere. In fact, you’d probably be surprised by the number of video cameras that catch your commute on a daily basis. But how easy is it to obtain a copy of this footage?

We’ve all noticed them: video cameras along highways, at red lights, toll plazas, and even on buses. While there are many reasons why these cameras exist (e.g., law enforcement, monitoring traffic congestion, number plate recognition), understand that the entities which own the cameras are not in the business of finding and providing this footage to the general public, so the ease with which one can retrieve this kind of evidence generally depends on a number of factors.

Getting Traffic Camera Video

The first thing you’ll want to take into consideration is the different potential sources of video, and this depends largely on where your accident occurred. Were you at an intersection equipped with red light cameras? Were you on a highway or major thoroughfare? Were there any nearby businesses which may have outdoor surveillance cameras? If you’re unsure, look up the location on Google StreetView and consider all possibilities.

Traffic cameras & red light cameras.

When it comes to highway traffic cameras and red light cameras, your chances of obtaining a copy of the video without the help of an attorney are unfortunately slim. You’re most-likely going to be dealing with a number of public and private entities that have specific requirements when it comes to releasing footage. Some highway traffic cameras are owned by TxDOT while others are owned by the toll authority. Click here for a map of State-owned traffic cameras.

There’s no harm in asking for a copy of the video, but they will likely deny your request simply because they are not obligated to do so and because they do not want to put the man-hours into tracking down the relevant portion of video.

That being said, if you have an attorney (which is ALWAYS recommended if you’ve suffered an injury), inform them of this potential piece of evidence as soon as possible. Your attorney can issue a subpoena seeking the release of said footage, but it’s important to act quickly as these cameras often erase old data after a certain period of time.

If you do not currently have an attorney, I would advise that you at least discuss your concerns with an attorney through a free over-the-phone consultation. The advice is free, and if you have a potential personal injury claim, most attorneys will handle your case for no cost to you (on a no-win, no-fee basis).

Finding Video of My Accident
Other Sources of Video

Private business surveillance cameras.

If you have a strong belief that your car accident was captured by a CCTV surveillance camera located on private property (e.g., Walmart, gas station, etc.), you stand a better chance of finding someone who is willing to help. Private businesses also have no obligation to provide this footage to you without a subpoena, but a friendly request can go a long way.

Some businesses and larger stores have strict stipulations on how and when they share this video, and if you run into a roadblock, discuss your options with an experienced car accident lawyer.

Dash cams & other sources.

Everyone knows police cruisers are equipped with dash cams, but personal dash cams have also become increasingly popular in the last few years. Be sure to ask any witnesses to the accident if they had a dashboard camera recording. While admittedly a long shot, some people have even stumbled across footage of their accident uploaded to YouTube mere days afterward.

If you believe the car crash was caught on a nearby police car’s dash cam, you may have to jump through a few hoops in order to obtain the video footage. First, you will have to identify the officer(s) by their name, designation and badge numbers, craft a letter explaining your intent, and then send it to the related precinct, after which you will wait for a response.

It is important to note that police dash cams and bus cameras aren’t always recording. Additionally, due to limited resources, it is not uncommon for these entities to record over older footage. This is why it’s so important to act fast when attempting to preserve this vital evidence.

Personal dashcams are incredibly cheap nowadays, and if nothing else, this experience should show you that spending $50 on a dash cam now can save you a considerable amount of trouble down the road.

Can a lawyer help?

If you were injured in a car crash, it’s definitely worth your while to at least seek out a free over-the-phone consultation with an attorney in your area. While we understand the urge to want to handle your own case, know that the insurance company will not play nice when it comes to your injury claim. While property-damage-only claims are pretty straight forward, accompanying personal injury claims are not!

By hiring an attorney (which, again, will cost you nothing out of pocket), you’re ensuring that you have the best chance at a successful outcome. At Rasansky Law Firm, our attorneys will make sure you’re not taken advantage of, and will handle your claim from beginning to end. Our job is to make sure you’re compensated for every penny you’re owed, and we take this responsibility seriously.

When it comes to car crashes, time is of the essence. Getting in touch with a good accident attorney from day one will go a long way in collecting relevant evidence, proving negligence, demonstrating the true value of your case, and winning compensation. Please call us today at 1-877-405-4313 for your free consultation.

Speak With a Dallas Accident Attorney For Free

The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100, or toll-free at 1-877-405-4313.

  1. You can get your hands on CCTV footage from a private property but receiving CCTV footage from government can be a bit hard tho.

  2. I am looking to find anyone who may have witnessed an accident on I-45 in Houston Between NASA Parkway and Bay Area Blvd. My daughter was hit by someone and they left the scene around 11am. My daughter was driving a small silver SUV. Please email me at rickg77@aol.com if you have any information

  3. Shocker! The camera footage recorded at the cost of tax dollars is not generally available to the people paying for it. However local business people who only receive funds when you choose to support them, are your best bet in obtaining footage of an accident.

  4. Is it a standard practice that police officers take statements, but fail to include them in the accident report? One would think that first-person account and contributing factors are an important part of the investigation of an accident. More so than the officer’s opinion. Officers regularly issue the at-fault driver a citation when no violation has occurred, then they write the accident report so that the information supports the citation issued.

  5. i want to see my road camera its urgent how can i see

    • Did you find an answer?

  6. my was killed in a wild car accident on w. coldspring boulevard baltimore md.

  7. I got robbed in my car and they stole my checks I want to see the street cameras to see who it was

  8. i have meet with any accident but iam safe
    that why i want see the cctv footage

  9. I’m in Michigan today literally 4 hrs ago my dad, 4 small kids and I were hit by a car that was ran off the road. At the intersection of napier and Pipestone in Berrien County The driver that ran the car off the road kept going. It ended up in a 3 car accident. Me and another car were waiting at a red light, next thing I know from my left a small beetle car slams into my side driver side of my van throwing me up the curb on my right. I’m so glad we are all ok. Although my head hurts a little from hitting the window. I’m blessed. But now I want to know if they will pull the footage to see who ran the beetle off the road causing her to run into me and my children.

    • (not a lawyer, but a person I know was recently in an accident and requested footage from intersection traffic light cameras)

      My understanding as stated from police in MI is that it is ‘illegal’ for the municipalities to “record” footage from traffic light cameras & highway cameras.
      However, the first link below [1] states that 4 cameras in Metro Detroit, MI do record, but they are supposedly only used for training purposes.
      However, at specific requests the camera recording can be turned on, such as if police predict that a criminal is driving or walking through an area and they want to try to capture that.

      Anecdotally, police have said that the roadside cameras are only used for “live” viewing & for traffic lights to adjust their timing on/off relative to traffic flows.

      It is by law that they do not record. To recording ‘could’ make those cameras into “red light cameras” which is ?currently? illegal for municipalities to do in MI.

      Even if you are in a state where the cameras do record, I’ve been reading that it is virtually impossible to acquiring the recordings without having a lawyer to process the request. I don’t like that answer because citizens can represent themselves in court, therefore it stands to reason that they should be able to easily file a request for footage just as a lawyer would.

      ( [1] https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/10/22/metro-roads-big-brother-not-usually-watching/782605001/ )
      ( https://www.findlaw.com/traffic/traffic-tickets/state-traffic-camera-restrictions.html )

  10. can i get cctv footage of traffic

    • How do I get traffic cam video from my truck when I hit a fence on S.O.B.T. And Americana Blvd. On 8-9-22??????

  11. I would like to see the camera footage of the intersection on markham woods road in front of alaqua lakes. I(a 13 year old) was hit by a car while on a golf cart and I want to see what happened

  12. Does the Transportation Bureau have transportation satellites that can view the video of the scene of the car accident?

  13. Pretty dumb that they are aloud to record us in everyday life but we arent allowed access to the footage.

  14. It is so sad I can not get video and the officer who took my statement twisted my words to fit with the driver account of what happened. I was a pedestrian and was struck while walking. This was over a year ago and I know some street light cameras had footage and now it’s too late. I’m amazed how the police, the driver and his coworker can lie. It is really disheartening. The video would have proved the driver drove up to the corner, and negligently struck me, not that he was at the stop sign turning. This would show the police was lying and the driver and his coworker. It is sad that people can get away with such lies after injuring another human being, due to no fault of my own.

    • We are so very sorry to hear this, Tracy. Please contact us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100 to further discuss. We look forward to hearing from you.

  15. What are the laws on stolen dog or dog kidnapping in the state of Wisconsin … The cops R not really wanting to look at the cameras because the man is poor But it is a service dog / for comfort

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