How to prove a trucker was speeding Kansas City Accident Injury AttorneysIf the truck driver who caused your commercial vehicle collision was speeding, it's no wonder that you're dealing with complicated medical issues and financial concerns.

Unfortunately, these aspects aren't enough to solidify your case and help you receive the necessary compensation for your injuries, loss of income, and pain and suffering. In order to obtain the compensation you deserve from the trucking company and the driver responsible for the accident, you will need to prove he was speeding.

Four Types of Evidence That Help Show the Truck Driver Was Speeding

You need evidence to win your case against the trucker who caused your crash. Here are the types of evidence that help you establish that he was traveling at an excessive speed.

Police Report

When the police conduct an investigation at the scene of your accident, an officer may determine how travel speed factored into the circumstances based on statements by you and eyewitnesses, skid marks, damage to the vehicles, and other data. The police report will state the officer’s conclusions as to the cause of your crash and whether the truck operator was issued a citation for speeding—which is extremely helpful to your case.

Electronic Data

If the truck involved in your accident was equipped with an electronic logging device, its data can prove the trucker was speeding. Types of information this device stores include:

  • Hours the vehicle was in operation
  • How many miles the truck traveled
  • The average and excessive speed record of the vehicle
  • Location and motion of the truck
  • Date and time

Witness Testimony

Eyewitnesses who saw your collision as it occurred can corroborate that the trucker was speeding. If the person is someone you don't know who has no stake in the outcome of your claim, his testimony can be especially persuasive.

Accident Reconstruction Expert

If there are serious disputes about the cause of the truck collision, you may need to hire an accident reconstruction expert. He will review the crash scene, pictures, data from the electronic logging device, police report, witness statements, and other information to determine how your accident occurred. He'd also provide a report of his findings and maybe create a computer-generated reenactment of the wreck.

Semi, big rig, tractor-trailer, and tanker accidents frequently cause traumatic brain injury, back and spinal injuries, internal organ damage, or paralysis. If you or someone you love experienced a catastrophic incident, you're not alone—there are knowledgeable people who can help your case.

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