Social media users across the country are sharing video footage from a
bicycle accident captured by a cyclist who was wearing a GoPro. In the video, a large SUV
is seen speeding away after clipping another cyclist. Thanks to the video
footage, law enforcement had the make and model of the vehicle. Police
made an arrest shortly after the accident. Fortunately, the cyclist involved
in the accident did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.
This video raises an important question: Should cyclists use wearable cameras
in case they are hit by drivers? Video footage captured by wearable cameras
have been called a “black box for cyclists” by the
New York Times for good reasons. There are many other wearable cameras aside from the
GoPro, which range in prices from $50 to $500.
Cyclists may use these cameras to capture video footage of the motorists
who caused their accidents, meaning it could be easier to show fault.
Even if wearable cameras are damaged during an accident, footage can be
livestreamed or automatically uploaded to a cloud service. Wearable cameras
could also help establish fault in a variety of other cases that do not
Can Video Footage Help My Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
Personal injury lawsuits may sometimes include video footage as evidence. For example, video footage
captured by mobile phones or cameras outside of businesses are sometimes
used to help establish fault. Video footage may show what occurred right
before, during and after an accident. While video footage is unlikely
to be the sole form of evidence, it could help a personal injury case
involving bicycle and
motor vehicle accidents.
Cyclists injured in bicycle accidents can suffer
traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and
wrongful death. Injured cyclists or their family members may be able to secure damages
from the responsible parties that can help pay for medical bills, funeral
expenses, and pain and suffering.