Utilizing Surveillance Camera in Traffic Accident

Of the thousands of collisions that occur in the County of Sacramento, more than 50 percent occur at intersections. The California Highway Patrol and Sacramento Police Department photo red light and speeding enforcement program provides 24hr automated intersection enforcement. It is reported that with the enforcement there has been a reduction in accidents related to red light violations in Sacramento.

In the Sacramento region cameras are located at the following “high risk” locations:

Watt and Fair Oaks Blvd.
Howe and Fair Oaks Blvd.
Howe and Folsom Blvd.
Arden and Watt Ave.
El Camino and Eastern Ave.
Manzanita and Cypress Ave.
Madison and Sunrise Blvd.
Madison and Date Ave.
Elkhorn and Don Julio Blvd.
El Camino and Evergreen St.
Arden and Challenge Way
Howe and Hurley Way
47th and Martin Luther King Blvd.
Florin and Franklin Blvd.
Florin and Lindale Dr.
Florin and East Parkway
Mack and Valley Hi Dr.
Mack and Center Parkway
Calvine and 99
16th and W St.
J and Alhambra Blvd.
I and 5th St.
Broadway and 21st St.

If your involved in an auto accident, images from a surveillance camera can be your best witness. In most auto accident and pedestrian injury cases, the primary issue is determining liability. Too often, there is a dispute as to which party is at fault. While a police report may be of some help, not all determine who was at fault. Additionally, the police are not always able to make it to the scene of the accident. Also, witnesses that are used to testify as to what they saw, are not always reliable. Sometimes, by the time they have been interviewed by an insurance company, they can forget what they saw or their version has changed. However, liability is clear when a photograph or video is taken of the driver who caused the violation.

In order to secure a copy of the incident captured on camera or video it is imperative to act quickly. The request needs to be made immediately to either the agency who issued the violation or the Sacramento CHP in the area.