While our source article for this is five months old, the message it contains (and the lesson it imparts) is important enough that it shouldn’t matter when it was written.
The article is all about helmet cameras for bicyclists, and how these relatively new products are revolutionizing the way bicyclists keep themselves safe on the road. One case that the article references is a bicyclist who was riding along a road when he and a truck driver started to get into an altercation. It all culminated with the truck driver stopping, getting out of his truck and knocking the bicyclist off his vehicle, and eventually grabbing his helmet off his head.
The whole thing was caught on camera thanks to the bicyclist’s helmet camera, and when both he and the truck driver called the police, the video evidence was able to refute the story that the truck driver gave to the police officer. The truck driver was then arrested for assault. Because of that camera footage, a police officer was able to get instant feedback about an incident that would normally be a “he said, she said” scenario.
In addition to combating instances of assault, though, the helmet-mounted camera is a critical tool for bicyclists who want to substantiate their claims against a driver in the wake of an accident. Bicyclists who are struck by a motor vehicle often suffer serious and catastrophic injuries, and they may want to hold the other driver responsible in civil court.
Well, without concrete evidence, it can be a little difficult to do that. Enter the helmet camera, which could provide video evidence of the actual accident itself. Helmet cameras are a major element to the biking community now, and that’s a good thing.
Source: CNN, “Cyclists use cameras to document reckless driving,” Emanuella Grinberg, May 13, 2015.