Can I Use a GoPro to Show Fault After a Bicycle Accident?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 19-Jul-2017

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 involve vehicles.

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.

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