How Crash Damage May Be Used as Evidence of Speeding
Do you think the driver who caused your crash was speeding?
Proving the other driver was speeding may be difficult without the help of an experienced attorney who has taken on these cases before. You need a lawyer who knows how to obtain evidence of speeding. For example, it may be possible to prove speeding by citing damage to both vehicles.
Victims of speeding-related crashes should consider seeking experienced legal help. The attorneys at TSR Injury Law have recovered millions in compensation on behalf of car crash victims. We have been assisting injury victims in Minnesota for more than 20 years.
What Vehicle Damage May Say About the Cause of the Crash
Rear-end crashes result in damage to the lead car’s bumper and damage to the rear car’s front end. Depending on the speed of the crash, there could also be damage to the engine block, radiator, or other things under the hood. The faster the rear car is traveling, the more likely it is to sustain significant damage from the crash.
Rear-ending another car at high speed may indicate distracted driving, as a driver who was paying attention may have been more likely to slow down sooner and avoid a crash or not hit the lead car as hard. However, it could also indicate speeding, as a car traveling at a slower speed may have been more likely to stop and avoid a collision.
This is just one example of how vehicle damage may indicate whether the at-fault driver was speeding. The collision rating for your vehicle may also indicate how fast the other vehicle was traveling when the collision occurred.
Vehicle manufacturers have collision ratings for all their vehicles. Collision ratings describe the amount of damage done based on the speed of the at-fault driver’s vehicle. When your car is taken to a repair shop to assess the value of damage, the shop will look at the damage done and link that to the appropriate collision rating. This may indicate if the other driver was traveling over the speed limit.
Your attorney may want to bring in an accident reconstruction expert, and this person may refer to vehicle damage to describe the cause of the crash. For example, if the speed limit where the crash occurred was only 25 or 35 miles per hour, and your vehicle sustained catastrophic damage, this may serve as proof the other driver was speeding.
Other Evidence to Build a Case for Speeding
Fortunately, vehicle damage is not the only form of evidence that may help your lawyer prove speeding. Other physical evidence from the scene may indicate speeding.
For example, skid marks may indicate the speed of the at-fault driver’s vehicle. Cars that were speeding are likely going to leave longer skid marks compared to cars that were not speeding. Cars that are speeding also take longer and need more room to stop compared to cars that are not speeding.
Road debris may also be indicative of speeding. The faster vehicles are traveling, the farther debris may get flung from the point where the two vehicles collided. If possible, take pictures of debris created by the crash. If you can, get pictures from many different angles, as this can better help your attorney assess the speed of the vehicles involved in the collision.
Other types of evidence that may help prove another driver was speeding includes:
- Police reports – The police report should list traffic citations issued for the crash. The officer may also give his or her opinion as to who caused the crash and why.
- Witness statements – Witnesses in other cars or pedestrians may have seen the crash. While they cannot know how fast the vehicles were traveling, he or she may be able to tell if one car looked like it was speeding. For example, if a car was weaving in and out of traffic, the driver was likely speeding.
- Camera footage – Dashcam footage or security camera footage may be available. Your attorney may be able to use the footage to prove the other driver was speeding.
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Speeding continues to be one of the leading causes of car crashes, and many of these crashes result in serious injuries or fatalities. Victims and their loved ones should seek experienced legal representation, as those who hire lawyers often recover more in compensation compared to those who do not.
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