Modern Video Technology and Motorcycle Accidents
It is the year 2017, video footage is now used for everything including security, traffic monitoring and even law enforcement. Video footage is now commonly admitted into criminal cases to convict or exonerate the accused. In a larger city like Los Angeles, where there is so much going on within a complex system of multiple freeways and regular automobile traffic peaks in the morning and afternoon, how can a motorcycle rider benefit from mobile video technologies? How can video help to report a motorcycle accident claim?
Though their numbers are smaller in comparison to other vehicles, motorcycle riders are never exempt from being cited for traffic infractions or being involved in accidents. In traffic situations, a helmet camera is not exactly a much-needed second pair of eyes, but still, cameras have begun to document motorcycle rides through both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Cam footage can empower a motorcyclist during motorcycle accidents and motorcycle collisions with other moving vehicles. If the footage is clean, and the frame rate of the camera captures the fast action of a collision, the video can be produced as clear evidence to defend a motorcycle accident claim. Having a camera document a car striking you, force you off the road or worse onto another moving vehicle can make your case.
Without proof that their insured was at fault, the insurance company will not pay out. For the most part, because a motorcyclist is exposed without the protection of a chassis or airbags during an accident, there will be medical costs involved. The cost of a motorcycle victim’s medical treatment will quickly become a matter of concern for the insurance company and without the camera footage in hand, we have seen the investigation phase go on for weeks or even months.
We know that purchasing any type of modern video equipment that is capable of capturing high frame rates (aka sports/action footage) is not at all inexpensive, in fact the opposite is true. An expensive camera can cover its cost quickly, for instance, when a motorcycle victim awakens in a hospital after a serious accident and does not remember what happened at all with a complete lapse of memory about the event or sometimes even the entire day! In an environment with an extremely high percentage of distracted drivers on the road not trained to look for motorcycles, we urge you as motorcycle injury attorneys to not ride with at least one forward facing camera. The perfect recommended setup for SoCal bikes being one forward facing and one rear facing camera. A collision on the road or highway can happen from any angle, so make sure you have the maximum field of video coverage.