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Awesome responses. Some of which initially ran through my head.
I'm taking the legal approach and filing a report tonight. I decided to have the cops come to the location where it happened. If I'm lucky the guy will be in the gym. I'm obviously going to go after him for the cost of repair and a rental car for the time the Jeep is in the shop. Also any diminished value if at all possible.

I had this camera hardwired in my previous car but decided to run it to the center console (which gives power at all times) in my Jeep so I need to physically plug and unplug it.

The cam is a Blackvue DR500GW-HD. I've had it for 3-4 yrs.
Can you take a picture of how you have camera mounted. I'm doing research on the different cameras and some of them are very noticeable and big. Just curious to see if yours is not at noticeable. Thanks

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Here's an older pic. I've since changed to black velcro.



You can see it in this pic.
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Man, that guy was a jerk. I cringed at the sound of him doing the deed.

Yet another reason to have a dashcam - for when you're moving. The first clip was shortly after the truck ahead had moved over to pass a slower car. The second clip was 10 minutes later on the same day. The date and time aren't correct, though the time between them is. I had accidentally reset the unit when I reformatted a new card and forgot to re-enter the date and time information:
The first truck looks like he had to swerve to avoid rear ending a stop/slow car. The second one, well, an everyday thing in the Miami area --- you should see people drive over those plastic poles that separate the toll express lane from the other lanes.......you wouldn't believe how people drive here.
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Re: This is why you should invest in a dashcam

any updates on this guy - did he say why he did it? gym give him the boot? sounds like this is getting messy with restraining order, but smart move nonetheless. keep us posted - also get a quote to fix your JGC? Best of luck, homie
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Re: This is why you should invest in a dashcam

Here's my dash cam mounted under the rear view mirror with 3M adhesive. It's a Mini 0806 Pro from Amazon. Paid less than $150 for the camera, plus a fused wiring kit and a SD card. It's powered by the overhead lights.



And here's a couple of videos from it.

Car almost hitting me from behind in a left turn.

Car almost hitting me head on.
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While we're showing photos. Here's mine. Lots going on.

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And how it looks up front.

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This is mine. It's right below the EZ Pass, partially hidden (from the driver) by the passenger side of the rear view mirror. The whole unit is about 2" square. I have a second one on the rear glass for a rear view:
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The first truck looks like he had to swerve to avoid rear ending a stop/slow car. The second one, well, an everyday thing in the Miami area --- you should see people drive over those plastic poles that separate the toll express lane from the other lanes.......you wouldn't believe how people drive here.
The truck was following too closely. That causes far more accidents than people realize.

I was actually closer to the truck than I normally would be because he had just pulled out from the right lane and had narrowed my following distance. I was in the process of allowing him to get further ahead when the incident occurred.

I was worried the guy behind me wasn't going to stop in time and was ready to jump into the median, as well. You can see me start to duck that way before I was confident of not being rear-ended.
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Here's my dash cam mounted under the rear view mirror with 3M adhesive. It's a Mini 0806 Pro from Amazon. Paid less than $150 for the camera, plus a fused wiring kit and a SD card. It's powered by the overhead lights.



And here's a couple of videos from it.



Car almost hitting me head on.

This is the kind of move that kills motorcyclists. One of my many fears.


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Old 08-04-2016, 10:59 AM
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This is the kind of move that kills motorcyclists. One of my many fears.


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Yep.

People turning left in front of a cyclist is the most common accident for them.

I couldn't tell if the other car had its signal on, but when I see someone waiting to turn in front of me (left or right), I always do a quick little jig left and right to get their attention, but still be ready to hit the brakes and the horn.

If nothing else, it makes them wonder what's going on with me and might give them pause.

I've actually taken to wearing a bright reflective lime green vest like the cops wear when covering construction zones. The difference in number of people who wait for me to pass when they would have previously pulled out is noticeable. I'm not sure whether they simple see me better or they think I'm a motor cop.

I don't care which as long as they don't wreck me.

As far as my normal gear, I avoid tribal designs because I hear from those who have them on their gear tend to report a lot of close calls. My theory is those complicated designs actually act like a camouflage pattern and make them less visible. Likewise, I avoid bright white, which tends to be excellent at hiding things - something the military has been experimenting with.

For me, solid colors with reflective stripes that differ from the road color (no greys) seem to be the best idea.
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Yep.

People turning left in front of a cyclist is the most common accident for them.

I couldn't tell if the other car had its signal on

No turning signal. The dash cam has a wide angle lens, in real time she was RIGHT THERE. She was crossing the oncoming lane to reach a food truck.
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No turning signal. The dash cam has a wide angle lens, in real time she was RIGHT THERE. She was crossing the oncoming lane to reach a food truck.
Well, feel lucky.

She probably ran someone down while eating her taco...
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