Cyclists? What cyclists? This semi-truck’s nearside mirror shows the area next to it to be totally clear. But watch a little longer as the view changes and the same space is shown from outside the cab.
Amazingly, up to ten people are waiting alongside the lorry. Where did they spring from? The simple truth is they are sitting in its blind spot – a big, dangerous space not shown by mirrors and completely out of the driver’s vision.
As media reports have highlighted, in recent years scores of cyclists have been killed and injured because of blind spots. Now, thanks to Brake and other road safety campaigners, many fleet operators have begun fitting multi-camera systems. These onboard CCTV systems, each with their own in-cab monitor, not only reduce such unseen areas by up to 98% but also improve manoeuvrability. At the same time, they ensure insurance claims are dealt with and cleared up rapidly, and fair, accurate outcomes reached.
Other benefits include discounted insurance claims, and the prevention of 50/50 claims, non-fault claims, and crash-for-cash scams.
The value of multi-camera systems in terms of lives saved is, of course, incalculable.
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