Crashes between bicyclists and motorists generally result in far more serious injuries for the cyclist than anyone in the vehicle. If you were involved in a crash caused by a driver, it helps to have as much evidence as possible to back up your story – particularly if the driver tries to blame you.
Many avid cyclists choose to ride alone and sometimes on remote roads where the best scenery can be found. However, if you’re struck when no one else is around, you have no witnesses. The driver could even leave the scene before you can get their information.
That’s why bike and helmet cameras are becoming increasingly popular. As the technology improves, they’re also becoming smaller, lighter-weight and less expensive. That means they’re easier to have on both the front and back of your bike as well as on your helmet.
These cameras can capture more than you might think
They can record what happened before, during and after a crash. Many take wide-angle videos, so even if a driver strikes you from the side rather than directly behind you, it may be able to show what happened.
They are great for getting license plate numbers and other identifying vehicle information, as well. That way, if you’re the victim of a hit-and-run driver, you (and law enforcement) can more easily hold them accountable.
So why have a helmet camera too?
If you get separated from your bike, you can capture video on that camera. Helmet cams can offer protection against road rage incidents. An angry driver (or anyone) is less likely to confront a person with a camera pointing at them from their helmet. If you’re chased and knocked over by a dog who ends up biting you, a helmet cam can help you hold the appropriate dog owner accountable.
Even if you didn’t have a camera to capture a recent crash, if you’re able and anxious to start riding again, bike and helmet cams can help you hold the appropriate parties liable so you can get the compensation you need for expenses and damages.