Car Accidents Involving Speeding
Proving that speeding caused a car accident involves gathering facts that can serve as evidence.
Speeding is a common cause of accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that speeding was a contributing cause in 26 percent of all traffic fatalities during 2018.
Furthermore, speeding does not only refer to following speed limits. Traffic safety is a vital factor for determining what speed is acceptable. Safe speeds vary depending on road and weather conditions. During night driving, some poorly lit areas can be hazardous. Driving too fast under such conditions is dangerous. Also, roads under repair require slower driving speeds.
Various Types of Evidence Point to Whether Speeding Caused a Car Accident
The following evidence can help prove whether a vehicle was speeding:
- Witnesses. While no witness clocks the speeds of vehicles, a witness can discern whether some vehicles are traveling a lot faster than others. When speed limits are low—say 25 or 35 mph, a car traveling 10 or 15 miles over the speed limit stands out.
- Street Cameras. Highly populated areas may have street cameras that record the roads and vehicles. Expert analysis of a video recording can determine whether a driver was speeding.
- Vehicle Damage Analysis. An accident reconstructionist can use skid marks and impact damage to analyze an accident. For example, long skid marks indicate there was difficulty in braking, which is typically and indicator of speed. If the vehicle damage resulting from a collision was extreme, speeding might factor in when evaluating the physics involved with how the accident took place.
- Police Reports. Police officers interview all the drivers involved in a car accident. In addition, they scrutinize the scene to determine whether traffic violations occurred. If the officer issues a speeding citation, the citation can serve as evidence in an accident case when determining fault.
For more than 20 years, Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz has represented victims in serious car and truck accidents. From Arlington to Galveston or wherever a client lives in Texas, we can help. You can discuss your accident in a no obligation, free consultation.