Speeding Causes Many Car Accidents in Wisconsin
December 28, 2020

The Number One Danger on Wisconsin Roads

Much of the conversation around safe driving centers on dangerous behaviors such as distracted driving, driving while intoxicated, and not wearing seatbelts. However, the biggest threat to motorists in Wisconsin is much easier to control. Unfortunately, the problem is also pervasive, with some drivers engaging in the behavior every time they get behind the wheel.

According to the latest car accident statistics, speeding is the single biggest threat on the roads of Wisconsin. In 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation recorded 21,813 crashes caused by excess speed. These accidents resulted in 8,398 injuries and 163 deaths.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident, the at-fault driver’s speed may have been a factor. An experienced Wisconsin car accident lawyer can investigate the crash and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Please call Studinski Law, LLC at (715) 343-2850 today for a free case review. Our lawyers serve clients in car accident claims throughout Wisconsin, including Stevens Point, Wausau, Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield, Plover, and other areas.

How to Know If Speed Was a Factor in the Accident

Just prior to the accident, you may have seen the driver of another vehicle traveling too fast. Perhaps they attempted to speed past you in another lane. Perhaps they began riding your bumper. Perhaps you saw a vehicle weaving in and out of traffic at a rapid rate.

If you remember witnessing any of these actions on the part of the driver who caused your accident, it is important to share this information with your lawyer as soon as possible. If you have not yet made a statement to the police about the accident, be sure to tell the officer what you saw, too.

No matter how vivid your recollection of what the other driver was doing, your observations alone will likely not be enough to prevail in your car accident claim. Ultimately, such a scenario boils down to your word versus the at-fault driver’s.

Fortunately, your Wisconsin car accident lawyer has additional means to investigate how the accident happened and determine who is responsible.

How Your Lawyer Can Determine If Speed Was a Factor

One of the major reasons to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after the crash is to enlist professional help in building your claim. You might have been able to gather some preliminary information at the scene, such as photos of damage to the vehicles, the roadway, and nearby objects and structures, but investigation by an experienced attorney is much more thorough than what you can do on your own.

Our lawyers take the following steps in order to establish how the speed of the vehicles and other factors contributed to the accident:

  • Photographing the scene: Any images you can provide us from the accident scene will be helpful in building your case. We also hire investigators to visit the location of the accident promptly and take pictures of skid marks, debris, and other items of significance. Analysis of these photos may yield insights into the speed of the vehicles in the accident, as well as at what point and with what force the at-fault driver tried to brake.
  • Speaking to witnesses: The purpose of photographing the accident scene is to aid in the reconstruction of the crash. Similarly, interviewing people who saw the accident happen enables our lawyers to get multiple perspectives on what happened, including if the at-fault driver appeared to be speeding.
  • Obtaining a copy of the police report: The police report of the accident may include preliminary conclusions about the cause of the accident, including excess speed. We will also review the report for citations issued to the at-fault driver for speeding and other violations.
  • Reviewing video footage: From speed enforcement cameras to surveillance cameras on private property, video that captures a speeding vehicle and/or the scene of the accident can be invaluable for proving your claim that the other driver was going too fast. Our lawyers can subpoena the footage from government agencies and private citizens and businesses to build your case.
  • Examining the damage to the vehicles: Automotive experts can help our team assess the impact to your vehicle. The faster the other vehicle was traveling, the greater the damage to your car.
  • Analyzing electronic data from the at-fault driver’s vehicle: Most newer-model vehicles carry an onboard event data recorder (EDR). The EDR captures the speed at which the vehicle is traveling, application of brakes, and other key events. By downloading the data and reviewing it with our experts, we will have an electronic record of the actions the driver took immediately prior to and during the accident.

At Studinski Law, LLC, we do more so you get more. We know that attaining full compensation in your claim is dependent on the extensive investigation and preparation we undertake on your behalf.

By taking on some of your burdens after a car accident, Studinski Law, LLC enables you to focus on getting better while we handle your case. By thoroughly gathering evidence, hiring leading experts, and calculating your damages, our lawyers make sure no money is left on the table.

Contact Our Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyers Today

With speeding such a pervasive problem on the roads of Wisconsin, it is always important to consider if the at-fault driver was traveling too fast at the time of the accident. Studinski Law, LLC performs unparalleled investigation to identify all of the factors that led to the crash, including the at-fault driver’s speed.

For a free consultation, please call (715) 343-2850 today. Our car accident lawyers serve clients in Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Wausau, Plover, Marshfield, and throughout Wisconsin.

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