Speeding is responsible for some of the worst car accidents in Tennessee. Under the state’s personal injury laws, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your injuries and other losses if you were hurt in the wreck. But the success of your claim will depend on whether you can prove that the other driver was at fault.
Many clients come to Davis Firm, LLC wondering how we will be able to prove that a speeding driver was responsible for their car accident. After all, the vehicles were stopped by the time police arrived on the scene. How can we determine that speed was a factor?
Fortunately, there are many ways of proving liability in a speeding car accident. Schedule a free consultation with a Chattanooga car accident lawyer at Davis Firm, LLC today.
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How to Prove Speeding Caused My Accident
It’s common for at-fault drivers to deny that they were speeding at the time of a crash. That gives the insurance company room to try to shift the blame onto you by claiming that you were negligent in some way. All of this is an effort to pay you the lowest settlement possible.
There are various forms of evidence that lawyers can collect to prove fault in a car accident. Examples include the police report, where an officer may have noted that speed was a contributing factor. Witness statements, your own testimony, and surveillance video from traffic cameras near where the collision occurred can provide proof of negligence.
Other important pieces of evidence to help prove speeding caused the accident include:
- Data downloaded from the vehicles’ onboard computer systems
- Onboard video from commercial vehicles
- GPS data from the car or driver’s personal devices (e.g., cell phones)
- Physical evidence, such as skid marks at the accident scene and measurements of how far any damaged debris from a vehicle traveled from the collision site
In addition, a skilled attorney can consult with accident reconstruction specialists who can visit the crash scene to investigate how the crash occurred and provide professional testimony.
Can Car Damage Prove Fault?
In general, vehicle damage alone cannot prove fault. Even if it is clear how a car accident occurred, that does not mean you can automatically prove that someone else is to blame.
For example, the damage to your car may indicate that you were rear-ended by the vehicle behind you. Because that car crashed into you, you may assume that the trailing driver is automatically liable.
Unfortunately, it’s not always that clear-cut. While the vehicle behind you may indeed be at fault, other parties may be liable, too. Perhaps a speeding driver rear-ended the driver behind you and sent his/her car barreling into you even though it was maintaining an appropriate distance. Or maybe you hit the brakes suddenly to avoid a pedestrian that crossed into your path. In those circumstances, fault may need to be distributed among multiple parties. An attorney can find out exactly what happened through a thorough investigation.
How Can Davis Firm, LLC Help Me?
Have you been seriously injured in a speed-related car accident in Chattanooga? Get help securing the compensation that you deserve for your injuries by contacting Davis Firm, LLC today. All initial consultations are free and confidential.