When an accident occurs, the subsequent investigation can help discover important details that may aid in seeking compensation. In some cases, that information can come from somewhat unlikely sources.
Recently, a car travelling southbound on Interstate 77 collided with a tractor-trailer. Thankfully, a state trooper reported that there were no deaths resulting from the crash, but a few of those involved were taken to the hospital.
Interestingly, video footage from a nearby Tesla, which has cameras surveying the road around the vehicle, showed that a sedan smashed instantly after slamming into the side of the tractor-trailer. The trooper said the sedan driver was charged for failure to reduce speed – the video also seemed to show the same sedan speeding before the crash.
In 2019, the North Carolina General Crash Picture enumerated more than three dozen circumstances contributing to 1,369 fatal crashes on the state’s roadways. This represents an increase from 1,281 in 2018. Speeding and lane departure accounted for 81% of all deadly crashes, 25.6% and 55.4% respectively.
In this instance, video footage will provide important information on the sedan crash investigation. Its value goes further – to enhance public safety. Cameras can paint a picture of how multiple factors contribute, simultaneously or independently, to the circumstances surrounding accidents on North Carolina roadways.
Further, cameras aren’t always mounted on a vehicle; traffic cameras, or even security systems can often catch footage of accidents. When caught on camera, an analysis of the video may provide evidence of negligence on the part of one or more drivers.
The unprecedented challenges faced the past year and government responses, such as Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay at home order, appear to have been a key factor in a reduction in overall driving statewide. Yet, the number of both fatal crashes and fatalities increased in 2020 from one year ago. Numerous factors may account for the paradox. Fewer cars eliminate congestion, but that may increase driver aggressiveness. An entirely new routine may affect drivers, also.
The question remains whether these trends portend more fatal crashes for this year. As of April 21, nearly 43,000 crashes have resulted in 238 fatalities. Regardless, when an accident does occur, ensuring a thorough investigation – including a review of any video footage – can help those injured seek necessary compensation.