Did you know that the leading cause of accidents on our roads is speeding? Despite speed limits being installed on roads to minimize the risk of accidents occurring and enhance drivers' safety, most drivers go ahead and ignore them, putting other road users at risk.
If you suffer a car accident caused by a speeding driver, it’s in your best interest to gather evidence to prove the other driver was speeding. The more evidence you have to prove another driver’s liability, the better your chances of receiving fair and adequate compensation for your injuries.
Read on to learn five ways you can prove that another driver was speeding.
1. Talk to Witnesses
Before you can leave the scene of the accident, make sure to talk to the witnesses.
Ask for their contact details so that you can talk to them later about everything they saw. The chances are high that, just like you, they noticed that the other driver was speeding.
If an expert witness testifies to support your claims, you can use this to prove that liability for the car accident falls on the other driver. Well, the driver cannot hide from the fact that they were speeding just before the collision.
2. Get Surveillance Footage
Where did the accident occur? In some places, you may find surveillance footage showing the driver was speeding moments before the crash.
For instance, if the accident occurred in a town near commercial buildings, a business owner's surveillance system may have captured the at-fault driver racing down the street before the accident. Similarly, this may be the case if the crash occurred in a residential area where homeowners have installed surveillance cameras.
With the assistance of an attorney, you can get in touch with the shop or homeowners with surveillance systems near the accident scene to see whether one of them has footage of the car accident.
Other sources of surveillance footage include traffic cameras and cameras under city maintenance.
3. Take Photos at the Scene of the Car Accident
If you're in a position to take photos of the crash site, it's possible to obtain evidence proving the other driver's liability for the car accident.
Nowadays, people fit their cars with dash cameras which can come in handy when a car accident occurs. Newer car models are equipped with exterior and interior cameras, some even with 360-degree views, capturing the at-fault driver speeding.
The first thing is for an accident reconstruction expert and your attorney to examine photos of your damaged vehicle from the crash. Vehicle manufacturers and regulatory bodies also perform tests to establish the speed that can cause various parts of a car to crumple during a collision. Hence, the extent of the damage can help show the speed at which the other car traveled.
Therefore, don't underestimate photos. They can be vital in proving the other driver was speeding.
4. Physical Evidence at the Accident Site
A significant amount of physical evidence may be present at the scene of the crash. You can use this to prove the other driver was speeding. Such evidence includes:
- Skid marks: Investigators can measure tire skid marks to establish how deep and long they are. With these parameters, they can then accurately determine the speed of the two vehicles involved in the car accident. Experts can use the time it took for the vehicle to stop after hitting the breaks to calculate its speed right before the collision.
- Road debris: You can also use road debris placement to assess speed. Experts can measure how far the debris flew, ultimately helping them determine the speed at which a car was moving before the accident.
5. The Official Police Report
Police or accident reports exclusively cover witness testimonies, driver testimony, traffic cameras, crash scene evidence, and other physical evidence at the crash scene to assess the speed at which each vehicle was traveling just before the collision.
A police report can be accurate proof of each vehicle's speed, the driver who failed to yield right of way, and which party should be liable.
If the police give the other driver a moving violation, for instance, careless driving leading to serious bodily harm, you can use that citation. It can prove their negligence when the time comes for you to claim compensation with a personal injury claim to their insurance company.
That said, it's worth noting that insurance companies often deflect liability even when everything points to their party being at fault, as per the police report on the accident. Therefore, although the accident report may be of great value, in most cases, it won't necessarily help the outcome of your claim fall in your favor.
But there's good news. If the report doesn't determine which party is at fault or is flawed in one way or another, it's not the end. You can use the other ways mentioned above to prove that the other driver was speeding before the accident. Ultimately, you'll receive the compensation you deserve.
Talk to the Car Accident Lawyers at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law
Witness statements, police reports, electronic evidence, and photographs are all highly effective and typical types of evidence in a car crash to prove that the other driver was speeding. Our top-rated car accident lawyers will review the evidence at hand at the onset of the case and may also further build the case by collecting more evidence. We have decades of experience championing for our clients and succeeding, even when other attorneys say there is no case and insurance adjusters deny or devalue your claim.
At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, we believe in exceptional client care, empathy, and results. That’s what makes us one of the top-rated car accident law firms in the area. With offices in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Florida, we’ve got you covered. We’ve helped people just like you move forward after sustaining an injury that was caused by another’s negligence. Contact us today for a free consultation.