Can Helmet Cam Footage Be Used as Evidence?
18 April 2019
Helmet cam footage can provide indisputable evidence in the event of a road accident, and this footage can be used in Court.
The police, the Courts and insurers welcome helmet cam footage, as it can often provide an accurate, impartial and objective account of the events leading up to an accident. This can then be used to demonstrate how the accident occurred and, consequently, prove who is at fault. Some insurers offer reduced premiums for motorcyclists who wear helmet cams, and a number of police forces invite road users to upload helmet or dash cam footage of driving offences to their websites.
Helmet Cams Are Rising in Popularity
Helmet cams are becoming increasingly popular with cyclists and motorbike riders alike. They are small, light devices that are easily mounted to a motorbike or bicycle helmet, without causing any obstruction to the rider. These devices can be used to capture footage of the view when riding through beautiful scenery, or to document an interesting or unusual ride. Arguably their most valuable function, though, is to provide evidence of poor and dangerous driving, including the events that have occurred in the run up to an accident.
Helmet cams are generally mounted facing forwards, but some people choose to also mount a second, rear-facing camera, to also capture footage of what's going on behind them. Some cyclists and bikers feel that just the presence of a helmet cam can discourage other road users from acting recklessly or dangerously, so they feel safer wearing one as a result.
There are dozens of helmet cam models available on the market, with wide ranging price tags that reflect the features on offer. Some cameras will capture and store everything within their view onto a memory card. When the memory card is full, they will either stop recording or continue recording over the old footage. Some other more expensive cameras can detect when an accident has occurred, and will automatically save the most recent footage if this happens, a particularly useful feature as an injured person is likely to be in shock.
The rider can then review the footage when they get home and either save this onto another device or memory stick, or delete it. If the footage is transferred onto a device with internet access, it can then also be emailed or uploaded to be shared.
Using Helmet Cam Evidence in an Accident Claim
Where this footage really comes into its own, is in the event of an accident. When someone is injured in a road accident that isn't their fault, they may be entitled to claim compensation, but if there are any liability disputes, evidence will be needed to prove who is at fault. Evidence can come in the form of police reports, witness statements, photographs of the accident scene, any damaged clothing, equipment or vehicles as well as road markings or skid marks.
However, if everyone involved has a different series of events, how can insurers and the Court know who to believe? This is where video footage comes in. This can provide good clear evidence of exactly what happened in the moments immediately before the accident. The Court can review this footage objectively, assessing each person's actions and behaviour, before reaching a conclusion as to who is at fault.
Helmet cam footage can also be valuable in an accident where there was no third party involved, such one that has been caused by a pothole, obstruction or defect in the road. In this instance, it may be possible to claim compensation from the organisation responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the road. A rider's helmet cam footage can provide evidence that it was the defect that was directly responsible for the accident.
Get Your Footage Reviewed By a Personal Injury Solicitor
If you have been involved in an accident and you're wondering if you have grounds to make a claim, our Personal Injury Solicitors can review your helmet cam footage and assess your claim, free of charge. If we agree to take on your claim for you, we can deal with most road accident claims on a no win no fee basis.