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A viral Internet video shows what can go wrong if a driver decides to overtake a truck and cross two lanes of traffic to exit a highway without being able to see what is in the lane she is switching to. After watching the video onJalopnik (10.15.14), it is almost hard to imagine that the driver of the Ford Focus could survive. Jasmien Claeys, 25, was in a coma, shattered her hand, and broke her top two vertebrae, but is alive.
In any car accident case, liability has to be proven on the part of the defendant to obtain damages. Video footage is one type of evidence that can make proving a case much easier. In this case, Claeys appears to be at fault for the accident.
Auto accident lawyers often seek to uncover available video footage that can provide insight into the exact causes of an accident. A video recording is often one of the most vital pieces of evidence that can be used in determining what happened in any traffic accident case. Drivers and witnesses typically have differing stories about what happened. Sometimes, too, the story will change if a driver has done something to contribute to the accident and does not want to share that information.
In the auto accident video on Jalopnik, the video appears to be from a dashboard camera on a truck. In other cases, accident video may be captured on cell phones or surveillance cameras installed on buildings or other structures in the area.
In cases where victims do not live to share their accounts of what happened to cause the vehicular accident, video footage can help in determining the circumstances of the incident. An experienced auto accident lawyer will find out whether video footage is available that can offer insight into what occurred. Regardless of whether or not a video recording is available to help identify what happened to cause an auto accident, a thorough investigation of the accident will likely be carried out. The investigation can help determine if negligence played a role in causing the vehicular accident and who was at fault.
When a driver is proven to be negligent, he or she can be held accountable for all damages, including medical expenses, loss of income, rehabilitation and more.
The Jalopnik story cited is “Horror Crash Shows Why You Never, Even Pass A Truck Before Your Exit.”