Surveillance cameras and videos are increasingly becoming the norm in public and private spaces. In the US people are familiar with these systems on a daily basis whether they are on video surveillance walking into their local bank and grocery story, or caught on camera by the stoplight at an intersection. Yet, most US residents are unaware of all the benefits of surveillance cameras especially the significance of recording systems on public transportation.
Surveillance cameras and videos are increasingly becoming the norm in public and private spaces. In the US people are familiar with these systems on a daily basis whether they are on video surveillance walking into their local bank and grocery story, or caught on camera by the stoplight at an intersection. While many are still concerned about the infringement of their privacy and fear a “Big Brother” society, the majority of Americans embrace the security and safety that comes with surveillance. Yet, most US residents are unaware of all the benefits of surveillance cameras especially the significance of recording systems on public transportation.
Public transportation has been the target of much crime and violence and video surveillance assists in protecting passengers, employees, and anyone within range of a camera’s scope. But, maybe even more significantly, public transportation—including bus, rail, and ferry—are in close proximity to people on the road each day, and their security systems can be used to provide crucial evidence in traffic accidents and violations.
Attorney Gary Grotz, who has been practicing Personal Injury for thirty one years and represents Gary Grotz Law Firm—which also specializes in Immigration and Family Law—claims that in several incidents surveillance cameras on public transportation have provided critical evidence that allowed cases to be settled and victim’s compensated. He describes how in one of his Personal Injury cases a public metro bus was cut off by another vehicle. The bus driver was forced to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting the vehicle and as a result his client, a passenger on the bus, was thrown forward and landed head first near the front of the bus. The case would have been impossible to process if still-photos from a camera on the bus had not captured the vehicle that had cut off the bus driver. It was determined that the vehicle was an unmarked police car with no lights, siren, or indication of which police force. Because of an investigation of the photos, a small police force identified the vehicle and the client who was injured received a six figure settlement.
In another case, Grotz describes a situation where a driver hit and killed a delivery man who was crossing the street on foot and their seemed to be no evidence that the driver was at fault because the police report claimed that the driver had no way to avoid hitting the victim. Through investigative efforts by Gary Grotz Law Firm they were able to determine that a small access bus was traveling behind the driver of the accident. Video recording on the access bus had filmed the driver for a couple of blocks and revealed her reckless driving and ultimately that she was at fault. The victim’s family was compensated with a seven figure settlement.
“Never give up until you have exhausted all avenues,” said Grotz. “Try to find out if any photos are in existence and keep in mind if a public vehicle was in the vicinity, most likely the events were recorded.”
Gary Grotz Law Firm
1207 S Jackson St #201, Seattle, WA 98144