Monday, February 1, 2016
Things to know if you are injured in a Mass Transit Accident: (Part 2 of 3) Know your rights when it comes to requesting information!
You're Injured, Now What?
An update to keep you informed on personal injury situations.
Public transportation is considered a governmental entity with public access and therefore is within the jurisdiction of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This Act grants citizens the right to request information from any governmental agency without a warrant or subpoena. Most public transportation options such as county buses are usually equipped with video cameras that record not only the inside of the vehicle but the outside as well. These tapes may contain key evidence either supporting or denying a claim and as such are very important to obtain. For instance, if you are a bus passenger and there is a collision with another vehicle, video tapes can help discern who is at fault. Internal recordings can help to prove your injuries and external video cameras can provide a more accurate depiction of what really happened. People often have skewed recollections of traumatic events and video tapes offer an unbiased and unaltered depiction of what happened. Judges, juries, and claims examiners tend to believe what they can see with their own eyes over the words of others so these tapes can prove to be invaluable. As a citizen, you have the right to request these recordings without any legal aid and denying access to them would be a violation of the Freedom of Information Act. Unlike with other governmental requests, you should not have to wait a long time to have your request granted because all federal agencies are required to respond to FOIA requests within 20 business days.