How to Prove Someone Was Speeding in an Accident
If you were injured in a car accident, you can use evidence from the scene of the crash and from the vehicles involved to prove how fast the other driver was going and how much fault they should bear for causing your injuries.
Proving someone was speeding without the right evidence can be tough. Luckily, there are specific types of evidence that will help your lawyer establish guilt after an NYC car crash. Here’s what you need to know.
Evidence from Human Witnesses
If another person saw the accident happen and can tell their side of the story, get their contact information immediately so that you can reach out later and request a witness statement from them.
Police reports following the accident can also help your claim. The police on the scene are considered reliable witnesses, and their reports can help prove you weren’t the one at fault. Once the police file their report, you and your lawyer can request a copy of this paperwork.
Recordings Can Help Your Case
There are also silent witnesses or non-human evidence. For example, a GPS tracking device can track how fast a person drives through their vehicle’s speedometer and display how fast that person was driving at any given time during their drive. An attorney can assist you with acquiring these types of records.
If there are nearby businesses with cameras installed, you can use this footage to determine how fast your vehicle was traveling and how much time elapsed between the two vehicles hitting each other. Experts may even be able to tell how fast both vehicles were going in relation to each other by analyzing the angles of their movements on video.
How Skid Marks Prove Someone Was Speeding in An Accident
There are two types of skid marks: tire marks and wheel tracks. Tire marks occur when the tires lose traction with the ground and begin to spin, leaving a mark on the road. Wheel tracks occur when a vehicle loses traction with both the front and rear wheels at the same time, causing it to slide sideways.
If you see that someone hit their brakes hard enough to leave tire marks but not hard enough to leave wheel tracks, they were probably speeding at the time of impact.
If you see that someone hit their brakes hard enough to leave wheel tracks but not hard enough to leave tire marks, they were probably traveling too fast for particular road conditions at the time of impact. This can indicate speeding, but it can also indicate other road conditions, such as slippery roads after rain.
Legal Help for Accident Victims
In an accident with injuries, knowing how to prove someone was speeding can help you get compensation for medical bills and other damages. But proving that someone was speeding without the guidance of a car accident lawyer can be tough. Luckily, the attorneys at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP are here to help.
If you’re suffering and need help, reach out for a free consultation. All you have to do is call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or fill out the following online contact form.