GoPro is probably the most popular action camera brand for people who ride motorcycles, and why not? They take pictures where other cameras can’t, and you can look back at the footage of your ride whenever you want. But did you realize there is also a good legal reason for you to have a GoPro for your motorcycle?
Should Motorcyclists Get a GoPro?
On today’s fast-paced highways, we’ve seen a surge in road hazards like deteriorating streets, road rage and distracted driving. It can make riding on the open road quite dangerous, and having an action camera on your motorcycle might be a good way to deal with some of these problems. It could even remove dangerous drivers from the street and make riding and driving safer for everyone.
In Tennessee, two cyclists were riding in a state park when a car that passed them rammed one of the bicycle riders. The second cyclist had an action camera on and the footage from the camera helped police track down and arrest the car driver. In Texas, a group of motorcyclists were passing motorists when one of the cars came out of the lane striking a motorcycle carrying two people. Once again, police used the footage to prosecute the perpetrator in the crash.
This application of video evidence is becoming more and more mainstream, yet people don’t realize that this footage can help more than just police. In a civil trial, evidence like this can be used to prove a distracted driver was negligent, or it can prove to an insurer that an animal collided with your motorcycle resulting in your damage claim.
In this era of compact technology, there are so many things we can do to protect ourselves, and the people we love. The motorcycling attorneys here at the Metier Law Firm hopes you will take advantage of this technology, and hopefully make riding a bit safer for everyone.