The versatility of a Crash Catcher
Just what can you use a Crash Catcher for?
It’s been a few weeks since the blog was updated, and in that time I’ve spoken with a few clients who’ve discovered other benefits & uses for the Crash Catcher cameras.
Versatility is the “name of the game” with the CC4. If you’ve already looked at that page you will have seen footage of it attached to a helmet, to a bike, in a rear window of a car – even in a plane! Depending on the weather, I believe it’s also due to make it’s debut in a hot air balloon next week.
As the CC4 can be used as a hand-held HD camcorder, it’s obvious that there’s many uses that it can be put to. But what about the others?
The CC2 and especially the CC3 have found a home with a few investigators. For obvious reasons, I won’t go into many details as to how it’s been used. One of the key elements in safety when carrying out an accident report. Investigators often have to take photographs of the incident location, often risking life and limb and being poised in the middle of a carriageway to get the correct shot. Using a Crash Catcher, they just drive along the road and let the camera record. Back at home armed with coffee and a PC, they review the footage, stopping where it’s relevant and taking a “snapshot”. A lot safer I’m sure you’ll agree. There are also many other types of investigation that the Crash Catcher is put to use on, but I won’t be listing those.
As to the benefits, I think we’ll all agree that the main one is having a witness ready to record any incident. But what if you record an incident that you’re not involved in?
A client told me a week or so ago of an incident where a car pulled out of a side road into the path of the car in front of him. With the widescreen capabilities of his Crash Catcher, he was able to capture the whole incident. He stopped (many don’t) and offered to be a witness, and at the same time he mentioned his footage. He was surprised a few days later to get a call from one of the insurers involved who offered to buy the footage from him for £50 !
As he sees it, that’s a third of his camera paid for, he’s provided a service, might encourage others to also offer their services, as well as giving other motorists the suggestion that a Crash Catcher may be handy for them to have too.
Again, not connected with an incident, we have client’s who take their high performance cars on Track Days, and like nothing more than recording their trip around the track and replaying it back at home on their HDTV system.
There’s plenty of other uses, still with a motoring bias, but not connected to an incident. We have driving instructors who like to use the camera to play back lesson points, and often find that the pupil understands it better as they can see how they approached the junction/crossing etc, how they reacted and how they should have reacted.
We also have HGV driver clients who record themselves. This is due to some of them having been (falsely) accused of using handheld mobile phones in the past, and having to jump through hoops to prove their innocence.
So, a Crash Catcher isn’t just for Crash for Cash, or motoring incidents or accidents.
If you’ve found another use, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you.