Helmet cameras and video evidence

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Bicycle helmet cameras have hit the headlines as a number of 'road rage' incidents caught on camera have been uploaded by cyclists to the web and gathered thousands of views and comments.

The online videos have kicked off numerous debates between some cyclists and drivers about filming without permission, road safety and have even prompted suggestions that cyclists are deliberately provoking other road users to gain their reaction on film.

While the video evidence captured from these cameras has been used in a number of criminal prosecutions, it could also be used in a civil claim for compensation, where liability is in dispute between a cyclist and other road user. Any relevant video recording could be used as evidence demonstrating the accident circumstances and the possibility of any contributory negligence. The same applies to so called 'dash cams' increasingly installed in vehicles. As these cameras become more affordable and easier to use, it is inevitable so to will the number of road traffic accidents captured on video.

Unfortunately the number of cyclists seriously injured on the roads has increased in recent years, outstripping the actual increase in the number of cyclists. The debate about helmet cameras and so called "vigilante cyclists" looks set to continue, but all road users should be reminded of their obligations to other road users under the highway code and are advised to follow the advice of the government's "THINK!"campaign, to help reduce the risk of serious injuries and deaths occurring on Britain's roads.

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