Brian White | June 20, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents
Helmet cameras have become an increasingly popular choice for motorcyclists. Yet despite their availability and convenience, they’re still not considered a staple for biking safety.
Some bikers may feel that wearing a helmet is an unnecessary hassle. Others might view the choice to wear a helmet camera as indicating fear of an accident. However, wearing a helmet camera can substantially affect the legal outcome should an accident occur.
Here are four main reasons why motorcycle riders should wear a helmet camera.
1. Document the Accident
Motorcycle accidents happen in the blink of an eye — often because someone wasn’t paying attention. It can be easy for the driver of a larger vehicle not to notice a biker, especially if they’re distracted or aren’t paying attention to traffic.
Since motorcyclists have little protection against impact with a larger vehicle, it’s common for bikers to be thrown through the air. Outcomes of a motorcycle accident often include traumatic brain injury, coma, or death. Police reports show that well over 80,000 bikers are injured in motorcycle crashes every year.
A motorcyclist may not get a clear look at the vehicle or be able to give an account of just how the accident occurred. And if the outcome of an accident involves a loss of consciousness, they may be unable to give any account at all.
A helmet camera can provide clear video evidence of the events of an accident, which may be necessary for insurance coverage or legal action.
2. Avoid Unfair Blame or Prove Fault
After an accident, there’s always a question of fault. And it’s a big question because the at-fault party is ultimately responsible for the damage caused during the accident.
Not everyone is willing to take responsibility for a vehicle accident they caused. Sometimes, a driver may believe they were in the right.
If every accident had video footage, there would be much less contention over fault after an accident. When a motorcyclist can provide a video documenting the other driver’s actions, it can conclusively establish who was — and wasn’t — at fault.
3. Gain the Compensation You Deserve
Believe it or not, a little helmet camera can save you thousands of dollars in the event of an accident. After a severe accident, motorcycle settlement and verdict amounts can reach six or seven figures.
Motorcycle accident compensation can cover the cost of any medical bills you incur over accident-related injuries.
However, it can also compensate you for many other losses, including:
- Ambulance bills
- Physical, occupational, or speech therapists
- Plastic surgeons
- Prescription medications
- Residential or in-home care
- Medical devices
- Prescription medications
- Pain and suffering
However, any claims for compensation after an accident rest on one key detail — evidence. Footage from a helmet camera might be the only evidence you have to support your claim for damages.
4. Protect Your Loved Ones
No one likes to contemplate their own death, but unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often lead to death for the biker involved. Between 4,000 and 5,000 bikers die every year in motorcycle accidents. In 2020, 5,579 motorcyclists were killed.
A fatal motorcycle accident is emotionally devastating for the remaining family members. A helmet camera can help ensure that it isn’t also financially devastating.
When an accident ends in death, the immediate family can bring forth a wrongful death lawsuit.
In addition to saving your family from any medical bills incurred, they can seek compensation for things like:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship and support
- Loss of consortium
- Lost wages and benefits
- Funeral and burial costs
Wrongful death settlements often reach seven figures due to the gravity of the loss that occurs when a life is taken.
Wear a Helmet Camera to Protect Yourself as a Motorcycle Rider
It’s impossible to know how beneficial a motorcycle helmet camera might be in advance — but every biker would be well-advised to ride on the safe side by wearing one.
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