Should I Wear a GoPro When Riding a Motorcycle? 3 Benefits of Recording Footage
Cameras like a GoPro can be beneficial to motorcycle riders.
Action cameras like the ones manufactured by GoPro have seen a growth in popularity over the last decade. Reports from the company website reveal a 30 percent increase in GoPro sales year over year.
While GoPro and other action cameras are often used to record breathtaking footage of skydiving, or underwater events like snorkeling, they can actually benefit motorcycle drivers in ways other than helping make a cool YouTube video.
A lot of motorcyclists have started using action cameras as a way to document their rides in the event of an accident.
A rider can attach a GoPro before a day on the road and record the entire trip.
There are multiple advantages to wearing a camera while riding a motorcycle, many of which result from how the footage can be used as evidence.
Most other car accidents don’t have recordings of the actual crash. Footage will have to be obtained from a source like a security camera, and is oftentimes not available.
In the event of an accident with a GoPro, one has footage that can showcase the entire incident as it unfolded. This footage can be used as evidence if you file a personal injury claim.
Evidence is a crucial factor in any personal injury case. Without evidence, there is no way to prove any claims made in your case.
Footage from a GoPro can be used to help prove negligence. A person’s carelessness, thoughtless conduct, or ability to act reasonably may lead to someone’s injury.
In the case of a car accident, a negligent driver may go through a stop sign, or drive distracted.
Your GoPro footage can also prevent a “he said/she said” conversation. Other drivers often get caught up in the moment following an accident, especially one involving a motorcycle.
It’s not uncommon for negligent drivers to pass blame on the motorcycle driver, intentionally or not.
Another driver may pin fault on a motorcyclist for speeding or driving recklessly. The footage you recorded on a GoPro can end any debate about whether or not a motorcycle driver was actually committing the act they were accused of perpetrating.
GoPro’s website offers tips on the best places to wear your action camera. These will all require some kind of mount or spot to attach the camera:
- Helmet front or side: the most popular mounting system, this enables you to put the camera in a variety of positions around your protective helmet.
- Chest: GoPro mentions the Chesty as a chest mount a rider can wear over a motorcycle jacket to capture footage.
- Handlebars: a camera can be mounted here with the ability to rotate 360 degrees to record your ride.
- Large tube: helps riders fasten the camera fork tubes or other tubing.
Whether you wear a GoPro or not, riding a motorcycle still comes with a great risk of danger for accidents that result in a personal injury.
The risk of injuries for motorcyclists are greater than those of typical passenger cars.
Injuries from motorcycle accidents often include:
- Neck and back injuries like pinched nerves or whiplash
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Chronic neck or back pain
- Cuts and lacerations that lead to scarring and disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries, or even paralysis
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage that leaves vitals like your heart or spleen
- Puncture wounds
- Loss of limbs/amputations
- Wrongful death
If you were injured during a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, our Los Angeles attorneys at C&B Law Group are prepared to help you recover compensation.
Victims in LA motorcycle accidents may be entitled to recover damages including:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills and other medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
Having footage recorded from a GoPro is already a huge step. Your LA attorney at C&B Law Group will work with you to further develop your case to help you receive the proper compensation you deserve.
Contact us today to receive a free consultation.