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7 Pieces of Physical Evidence to Prove a Speeding Driver Caused Your Car Wreck

There are a few different pieces of physical evidence that can help show that the other driver was speeding at the time of the accident.

Speeding remains one of the most common causes of car accidents on U.S. roads. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is a factor in nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities.

If you’re involved in a car accident where the other driver was speeding, you may be wondering how you can prove it. Fortunately, there are a few different pieces of physical evidence that can help show that the other driver was speeding at the time of the accident.

Here are seven pieces of physical evidence you can use to prove a speeding driver:

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1. The Posted Speed Limit

The first piece of evidence you can look to is the posted speed limit. If the posted speed limit was 35 mph and the other driver was going 60 mph, that’s a clear indication that they were speeding.

2. Skid Marks

Skid marks can help show how fast the other driver was going at the time of the accident. The angle and length of the skid marks can also help indicate the vehicle’s speed.

3. Damage to the Vehicles Involved

The amount of damage to the vehicles involved in the accident can also help to show how fast the other driver was going. If the other driver was going at a high speed, there will likely be more extensive damage to their vehicle.

You can also look at the point of impact to get an idea of the speed. If the point of impact is in the front of the other driver’s vehicle, that’s an indication that they were going faster than you. If the point of impact is in the rear of your vehicle, that’s could be an indication that you were hit from behind and the other driver was likely speeding.

4. Road Debris

Road debris can also be used as evidence to show that the other driver was speeding. If the other driver was going at a high rate of speed and hit something in the road, it’s likely that they would have caused debris to be strewn about. This debris can help show how fast the other driver was going at the time of the accident.

5. The Location of the Accident

If the accident occurred on a straight stretch of road, the other driver was likely going faster than they should have been. If the accident occurred on a curve or turn, that could also indicate that the other driver was going too fast for the conditions. Additionally, if the accident occurred in a construction zone or school zone, then the other driver was likely speeding. These are areas where the speed limit is usually lower for a reason, and drivers who ignore these limits put others at risk.

6. A Speeding Ticket from a Police Officer

A speeding ticket is usually the most straightforward piece of evidence to show that the other driver was at fault for the accident. The ticket will generally indicate how fast the other driver was going and where they were caught speeding. This can be used as evidence to show that the other driver was speeding at the time of the accident.

If there’s no speeding ticket, you may still be able to get a copy of the police report, which can also help to show that the other driver was speeding.

7. Witness Testimonies

Witnesses can help to corroborate your account of what happened and provide valuable information about the other driver’s actions leading up to the accident. Their testimonies can help to show that the other driver was speeding and help prove your case.

If there are no witnesses, you may still be able to use surveillance footage or dashcam footage as evidence.

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Updated: June 1, 2022