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This article was published on December 23rd, 2019
Wearing a helmet camera is becoming increasingly popular. Whilst there are many aspects of motorcycle safety that have been well documented, from wearing reflective gear to ensuring you have the correct protective gear, motorcycle helmet cameras can often be forgotten.
In this blog post, we reveal why you should wear a helmet camera, both for safety reasons and the benefits for those looking to wear one for leisure purposes.
No motorcyclist likes the thought of being involved in a motorcycle accident, but unfortunately, motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other road users, in fact, motorcyclists make up only 1 per cent of road users, however, they account for 20 per cent of all road fatalities.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, a helmet camera can provide crucial evidence if you decide to pursue a compensation claim.
Footage from a helmet camera can help highlight who was at fault for the accident, particularly during claims where the other party may dispute that the accident was caused by their negligence.
A camera attached to a motorcycle helmet rather than one attached to the handlebars also captures more data. For example, a motorcyclist involved in an accident may be accused of speeding by the other party, however, if the motorcyclist has a helmet-mounted camera similar to the Olfi one.five action camera, they will more than likely be able to capture the speed on their speedometer as a helmet-cam will usually be directly above the speedometer due to a motorcyclist’s natural riding position.
As well as being able to prove any wrongdoing, a helmet camera can also be a great deterrent to other road users. Drivers of vehicles will be more likely to keep their distance and avoid any manoeuvres that may put a motorcyclist in danger if they know they are being filmed.
Likewise, if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet camera and recording their ride, they are also more likely to ride carefully, after all, the camera will be capturing the way they ride too and the footage can also be used against a motorcyclist if they are the ones at fault during an accident.
Not only can a helmet camera be beneficial in the wake of an accident, but it can also be a great way for motorcyclists to reflect on their ride once they’ve tucked the motorbike back in their garage.
Re-watching the footage that has been captured can help motorcyclists identify where they may need to improve as a rider, whether it’s their cornering skills, spacial awareness or any other aspect of riding a motorcycle, reviewing your ride can make you a better rider and ultimately help improve your level of safety.
While we have concentrated on the benefits of wearing a helmet camera for legal reasons up to this point, camera manufacturers such as Olfi have created cameras that are exceptionally high-standard and capable of capturing stunning video and images whilst you ride.
Attaching a helmet cam can give riders a unique perspective of their bike, riding style as well as the landscapes around them, helping them make memories and relieve their experience again and again.
It also enables motorcyclists to share their experience and joy with others, either via social media or in person.
Whatever your reasons for using a motorcycle helmet camera, it’s essential you invest in a quality camera that comes with secure fittings that you know will be reliable and not disintegrate on your ride, putting you and others in danger.
If you are unfortunate to be involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s vital you seek the assistance of a qualified legal professional with expertise in the area of motorcycle accidents and injuries.
Our team of specialist motorcycle solicitors have extensive motorcycle injury knowledge and will be able to advise you as to what steps you should take following a collision on your motorcycle, providing the accident wasn’t your fault.
They will also be able to use any footage captured by a helmet camera during your free initial consultation, in order to assess the viability of your motorcycle injury claim.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident and are seeking legal advice, our team are here to help. Call them to arrange your free initial meeting today on 0800 1979 345 or complete our online enquiry form by clicking here and our team will contact you at a time that is more suitable for you.
We understand how valuable a helmet camera can be when it comes to motorcycle safety, that’s why we’ve teamed up with the guys at Olfi to offer visitors to our website an exclusive offer.
If you’d like to get 10% off an Olfi camera* enter the discount code ‘thorneycrofts10’ at the checkout.
For every sale made using the discount code, Olfi will also donate 5% of each sale to the Brain and Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC) who provide essential support to those who have suffered a Brain or Spinal injury, as well as their families.
*Exclusions apply – Olfi one.five White and the Olfi Gimbal are excluded from this offer.