A haulier's front-mounted camera has proven his innocence following a collision with a motorcycle. The footage – that was recorded via a Smart Witness system – shows two bikes travelling on a country road towards the heavy goods vehicle. The first passed without incident, but the second struck a pothole then bounced into the lorry's path. The result was a wrecked motorcycle and a broken shoulder. Smart Witness has suggested there was initially some confusion as to whether the haulier contributed towards the collision by travelling to fast or wandering off-line, etc. This was not the case. In fact, the footage proved that the professional driver – who works for John Jempson & Son from East Sussex - was on the correct side of the road and well within the speed limit. The lorry was, in fact, only proceeding at twenty-seven miles per-hour. These facts enabled him to return to work within a few days as he was blameless. The video footage also ensured he could sidestep the inconvenience of an insurance dispute.
Haulage Boss Discusses Smart Witness System
John Jempson & Son Managing Director, Mark Chamberlain, said: “Our driver is understandably badly shaken by what has happened and was immediately given a week off work to recover. The police quite properly investigated the incident and the first thing they wanted to see was the footage from Smart Witness. This showed quite clearly that our driver was blameless and there is was no case to answer. Without that footage, it could have got very messy because it would have the two motorcyclists challenging the word of my driver.”
Benefits of Smart Witness Camera System
Smart Witness cameras come in various shapes and sizes for lorries, cars and motorcycles. The main benefit, of course, is that a camera could prove its owner innocent following an impact. And that is increasingly important as fraudsters now deliberately cause collisions then cash-in on the aftermath. But how? The fraudster travels (say) on a main road that has a smaller route joining via a t-junction. The criminal, of course, has right of way as defined by the rules of the road. He then spots a vehicle waiting at the junction and flashes his lights to indicate he will allow it to move safely onto the main road. However, the moment the innocent party commits to the manoeuvre the fraudster accelerates and causes a collision. He then claims that he did not flash his lights, the innocent party is blamed for moving into oncoming traffic, and the crook makes an insurance claim for whiplash, etc. Perhaps everyone needs a camera.