Can I Film Interactions with the Police?

Maverick Ray Law
June 13, 2023

Why Documenting an Accident Scene Is Critical

Documenting an accident scene is critical in proving what took place as well as who or what is responsible for what happened. Today, almost everyone has a smartphone they can use to record the scene of an accident, including any interaction with law enforcement. In this article, we will discuss whether it is legal to film the police and detail how you can effectively document all aspects of your accident.

If you were recently involved in an accident, contact Maverick Ray & Associates. Our team of Houston personal injury lawyers will help you protect your rights and get the justice you deserve. Call (281) 672-8029 today to arrange a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Is it Legal to Film Police Interactions in Houston?

Although the laws have not changed in years, many people are still confused about whether they have the right to record the police. And that confusion is understandable. We have all seen footage of officers ordering people to turn off their cameras, even when those people are within their right to record the police.

But the bottom line is - you do have the right to film the police and document the accident scene. However, there are some situations where you can’t take photos or videos. You are not allowed to record if you are interrupting, interfering, or impeding the officer’s ability to perform their duties or if you are breaking the law at the time (such as trespassing onto private property.)

How to Document an Accident

If you are in an accident, whether it be a car crash, truck accident, or motorcycle collision, it is critical to gather as much evidence as possible. Although some accidents are clear-cut, some might result in a dispute as to who or what was at fault. Having sufficient evidence will help you show what happened and who or what caused the accident.

One of the most essential ways to document your accident is to take photos and video. Be sure to include pictures and footage of the entire accident scene, from traffic and weather conditions to road debris and damage to the vehicles involved.

In addition to photos and video, be sure to do the following:

  • Write down the contact and insurance information of the parties involved.
  • Collect the contact information and statements from eyewitnesses.
  • Take photos of your injuries.
  • Get a copy of the police report.
  • Gather all medical bills and other accident-related receipts.
  • Collect all of your medical records.

Speak with Houston’s Top Personal Injury Lawyers

If you were involved in an accident, documentation is key. Having substantial and compelling evidence can help you establish liability and ultimately secure your rightful compensation. For more information on how to document your accident or for expert legal assistance in filing an accident injury claim or lawsuit, contact Maverick Ray & Associates.  Our personal injury attorneys in Houston are committed to protecting the rights of our clients. So, if you need help securing damages after an injury, we can help. Contact us online or call (281) 672-8029 today to arrange a FREE, no-obligation case review.