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More bicyclists using cameras to record possible accidents
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Aug 6, 2012
It is no secret that there has been a long standing contention between many bicyclists and motorists. Many times motorists accuse bicyclists of not following the rules of the road -- and sometimes -- even get confrontational with those who use bikes as a mode of transportation. However, the truth is that bicyclists have the same exact rights and responsibilities as other drivers on the road, and now cameras are starting to play a role in protecting those rights when there is a hit-and-run bicycle accident.
Authorities have noticed more and more bicyclists are using cameras when riding. These cameras -- which are widely used by those participating in sports like skiing and surfing -- are now frequently being used by bicyclists in order to be able to have a video recording of any crash they are involved in.
These videos can then be turned over to police in an investigation to show not only what happened, but possibly the license plate of the other motorist involved. In some cases, this has already led to police being able to track down the driver of a hit-and-run accident.
Many who work with those involved in bicycle accidents expect to see these devices used more and more, especially as the cost of these roughly $200 cameras start to come down in price and are more affordable for the average bicyclist.
Looking to the future, some also believe that as more bicyclists start using these cameras, more motorists will start to think twice before cutting a rider off or exhibiting other dangers behaviors.