In my practice as a motor vehicle accident lawyer, I have been involved in a number of cases in which the accident, or events leading up to the accident, have been captured on video. In the past, this was usually the result of surveillance cameras within the vicinity of the collision. Increasingly, however, we are meeting clients that have onboard cameras. These are either dash cameras or, in the case of motorcyclists, cameras mounted to their helmets. Most often, the video corroborates entirely our clients version of events. Although police often get it right, and charge the appropriate party, this is not always enough to convince insurance companies. Sometimes, the at fault driver gets off the charge on a technicality. Later, the at fault driver may attempt to skirt liability by changing the facts about how the accident happened. The ability to look at video can be the difference in some heavily contested cases.
This afternoon, I met a responsible motorcyclist that was out riding with a helmet mounted camera. I think it is a great idea to use these cameras. Hopefully, you will never need the footage to prove fault in the context of an accident. Think of it like all your safety gear-you hope you never need it, but you'll be happy you had it in the event that you do.
In my experience, cameras are particularly beneficial for motorcyclists. Although the majority of motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles, are the fault of the larger vehicle, there remains a public bias against motorcycles. We have been involved in countless cases where the other driver and their insurance company attempt to blame the motorcyclist for changing lanes or driving to fast. Witnesses often get it wrong when motorcycles are involved. The video footage usually proves this, and demonstrates that the motorcycle was driving appropriately.
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If you are involved in a car accident in Ontario and call 911, you will be asked if anyone is hurt or requires the service of an ambulance. If you are not sure, it is better to err on the side of caution and request the ambulance. At the very least, you will be assessed at the scene of the car accident. If you feel any symptoms following the accident, or if the collision was severe and resulted in property damage to the involved vehicles, it is best to go to the hospital and be assessed by a doctor.
Often times, symptoms can set it much later following an accident. Sometimes symptoms can become severe in hours or days following the accident. Serious injuries may not be immediately recognized at the scene of the accident.
If you were injured in a car accident, and declined to go to the hospital by ambulance, then you should have a family member or friend take you to the hospital within 24 hours of the accident. Again, it is better to be cautious and get assessed by a medical professional.
If you are injured in an accident, and want to consider the option of making an insurance claim, again it is important to have a doctor assess your symptoms and offer treatment advice. Ultimately, the insurance company will be relying on medical records to asses the nature of your injuries. In the absence of medical treatment, the insurance company will conclude that you are either uninjured or that your injuries do not merit any compensation. .
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