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How To Prove a Speeding Driver Caused Your St. Louis Accident

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A police officer pulls over a vehicle and asks why the driver was speeding. The quick-thinking driver says, “I was just trying to keep up with the other cars.” The police officer then points out that there aren’t other cars nearby. “Yes,” replies the driver. “That’s how far behind I am.”

The joke itself is old; unfortunately, the idea of “keeping up” on the road is still as prevalent as ever, despite statistics that speeding causes serious accidents. If you’ve been hurt in a crash where speeding may have been the culprit, there are ways to prove your suspicion:


  • Your Speed

If you were going the same direction as the vehicle that hit you, you can estimate that driver’s speed based on how fast you were going and the discrepancy between your speeds. A driver coming up fast behind you is obviously going faster than you are. Of course, this is your word against his.

  • Eyewitnesses

This is again a she said/he said situation, but if you have eyewitnesses who agree that the other driver appeared to be going notably faster than others on the road, that lends credibility to your story.

  • Skid Marks

Police can estimate the speed of a vehicle involved in a Missouri car crash based on the length of the skid marks leading to the point of impact.

  • Caught!

If perchance a police officer happened to catch the other driver speeding shortly before the accident or if the driver has a history of speeding and several speeding tickets, those facts may help prove your suspicion.


An experienced Missouri car crash lawyer can help you get the evidence you need to show that the driver was speeding at the time of the accident. For more information, including your free copy of The Guide On How To Pick A Lawyer, call Alvin Wolff, Jr., at 877-241-1020.

Category: Car Accidents

2 Comments to "How To Prove a Speeding Driver Caused Your St. Louis Accident"

In total agreement Alvin Wolff, drivers never admit to speeding when they cause a car accident. Any lawyer in Saint Louis would agree that speed and angle of impact are substantial factors in the severity of injury. If there is substantial damage to the cars, then sometimes you can just tell that the car causing the accident was driving in excess of the speed limit. Obtaining photos of both cars is essential. In other case, it many not be an issue of speed limit, but merely driving to fast for traffic or weather conditions. Stop and go highway or road traffic is the classic example or even worse, if there is bad weather. In any case, speed equates to impact and juries draw a correlation between impact and injury. It is a focal point in car accident cases and especially in fatality cases. Fatality risks in a side impact car accident nearly double with every increase of 10 m.p.h.. Speeding can kill.
Posted by The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. on July 26, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Speed estimation from skidmarks has only limited...and decreasing...value now, for several reasons. Speed estimation from locked wheel skid marks only works accurately if the speed at the end of the skid is known, eg if the car skids to a stop. Most cars now have ABS (anti-locking) so they don't leave skid marks. Speed estimation from cornering tire marks (yaw marks) are very unreliable and a good reconstructionist can punch huge holes is such calculations. Accurate locations of all involved vehicles immediately after a collision can often be extremely valuable to a competent reconstructionist in calculating estimated speed at impact.
Posted by Fran Oldham, ARTeC on March 31, 2013 at 09:09 AM

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