Almost every crash involving a car or large truck leaves behind key pieces of evidence that can be gathered by crash reconstruction experts. Tire marks left in the road are important pieces of evidence that often measure the speed at which a crash occurred and potentially how it occurred.
How can speed be measured by tire marks?
When a speeding driver hits the brakes at the time of an impending crash, lengthy skid marks are left in the road. This happens when the wheels lock up and a car or truck continues to skid due to forward momentum.
During an investigation, a crash reconstruction expert may measure the length of the skid marks in the road. They may compare them to the amount of damage done. This will determine how fast a driver was traveling at the time of a crash. When pursuing a claim, this will provide evidence that the at-fault driver was exceeding the posted speed limit.
Can tire marks determine how a crash occurred?
Tire marks may not always provide proof of how a crash occurred, but they can provide supporting evidence. Here are some examples:
- No tire marks can indicate that an at-fault driver made no effort to stop. This is common with drowsy driving, impaired driving, distracted driving and brake failure.
- Shorter tire marks can indicate that a driver tried to stop, but had little time and distance to avoid a crash. This is common with distracted drivers.
- Wavy or curvy tire marks can indicate that a spinout occurred or a driver was broadsided. It can also indicate that a driver fishtailed due to accelerating too quickly or speeding on a wet or slippery road.
- Tire marks that cross into other lanes may indicate that a lane departure crash or tire blowout occurred.
Why is this evidence important?
This evidence is absolutely necessary when pursuing a successful legal claim. That's because without the right evidence it's your word against the other driver's. Your attorney will need to compile all key pieces of evidence in order to prove that negligence occurred. This is important when negotiating a settlement with insurance companies or fighting for a verdict in the courtroom.
If you were involved in a crash with another motorist or truck driver, it's critical that you seek prompt medical attention and legal help. Having a strong legal advocate on your side can mean a difference between maximizing your compensation and having to pay for your losses out-of-pocket.
Put your trust in the San Antonio attorneys at The Herrera Law Firm. We have been helping injured motorists and their families get the compensation they deserve since 1983. To schedule your free legal consultation, simply fill out our online contact form.