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Police Body Camera Evidence in Norfolk

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Police Body Camera Evidence in Norfolk

As a Virginia personal injury attorney, I pay attention to any new developments in the law and technology that might help me better represent my clients who have been seriously injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident.  In recent cases, I have come to realize just how valuable the lapel camera that officers are starting to wear on their persons can be in cases.

In one recent case where my client got hit by a truck as she was trying to fix a tire on the roadway, the police body cam showed that she did have her flashers on as she indicated.  This visual evidence from the police officer first on the scene made a real difference in preventing the insurance company from trying to claim that the flashing lights were not on the disabled vehicle.

I was at a seminar recently where I heard from one of the assistant commonwealth's attorneys in the City of Norfolk.  She was saying that they have a new standing order that they will keep police body camera evidence, including from auto accidents, for 90 days.

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If no one has tagged the evidence as needing to be preserved in those 90 days, then the information will be forever lost.  Accordingly, it's important for personal injury attorneys to understand that they need to know the Freedom of Information Act or other requirements to get the police body cam evidence as soon as possible after a wreck with injuries.

This is particularly true in cases like drunk driving cases.  In the drunk driving case, the police body cam is going to show the best evidence of just how intoxicated the at-fault driver was.  Were they stumbling, speaking with slurred speech, were their eyes bloodshot, etc.?  These are the factual issues that you need to prove in order to show that the person was not capable of safely driving because of alcohol.  It's one thing for a police officer to testify about such information.  It's another thing for the jury or insurance company to be able to see with their own eyes just how drunk the person was.

We often say to our potential clients that you need to hire us as soon as possible after an auto accident with injuries.  The need to secure evidence like the police body cameras is another reason why that's true.  Sometimes the evidence will become unavailable if it's not gathered and safeguarded early in the case.  If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident where the police have come to the scene you should definitely hire Cooper Harley Injury Lawyers as soon as possible so we can make sure to use our experience and knowledge to secure the evidence that might make the difference in getting you full and fair compensation for your injuries.

John Cooper

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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