If you ride a bike in Okaloosa County, you have to “keep your head on a swivel.” The common football adage means that riders must be aware of their surroundings at all times. After all, while most drivers may say that they look out for pedestrians and bicyclists, especially when they are involved in an accident, the reality is that they don’t always do so.
Nevertheless, the advent of technology is allowing more bike riders to create videos to chronicle their rides. A number of riders are using helmet cameras; similar to those high-definition cameras used by elite cyclists. Others are going towards “bike cams” where the camera is actually attached to the bicycle’s handle bars. Both cameras are useful not only in giving people a glimpse into the rider’s world, they can be very useful in the event of an accident.
Like we said in the outset, it is not likely that a driver involved in an accident with a bicyclist will admit fault. Because of this, a video produced by the rider may be the best evidence available. In essence, the camera may provide a first-hand account of what the rider saw before impact. This could be critical given that injured bike riders can seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and property damage stemming from an accident.
With all the benefits that bike and helmet cams provide, they can also show a rider’s faults. So riders should be careful to follow all rules of the road.
If you are a bicyclist injured in an accident with a car, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.