When a driver is speeding, they are breaching their duty of care to other drivers on the road with them. That means that driver is putting others at risk. However, there are other factors that may contribute to the accident, as well. In this case, both drivers could be partially at fault.
Determining Fault After a Car Accident
After a car accident, police officers work to determine who is at fault. A driver breaking the law is likely to have at least partial blame in the crash. Other factors, such as your actions or inaction as the other driver, can also play a role in defining blame. Police officers will gather evidence to make key decisions in this matter.
You can also help by providing information. Always provide just the facts of what happened. Never at admit to guilt for anything that occurred. Keep the following in mind:
- Detail what the driver was doing before the accident. How did you know they were speeding?
- Provide insight into who else was at the scene.
- Describe any other behavior you noticed, such as weaving between lanes or talking on the phone while driving.
The other driver’s insurance company will use any tactic available to prove you were partially at fault even if their client has a ticket in hand for reckless driving. It becomes your responsibility, then, to prove the other driver caused your injuries. The more information you can provide to support this, the better.
Work With an Attorney to Prove Your Losses
Because there are many factors playing a role in your case, it is critical to work with a Nebraska car accident attorney. Your attorney can help minimize your risks by:
- Eliminating your need to speak to an insurance adjuster who may try to twist your words
- Helping to gather supporting evidence for your claim, such as video footage or witness testimony
- Providing insight and expert witness statements
- Negotiating the terms to a settlement with the insurance company
- Pursuing a lawsuit if the other party does not agree
Speeding is illegal. Yet, you need to prove your case. We can help you. Call the Law Office of Matthew A. Lathrop, PC, LLO, or use our chat feature for immediate help right now. Don’t let the other insurance company take advantage of you.