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Proving Defendant’s Negligence in a Crash Case

In response to the alarming increase in traffic fatalities, the Kansas City Police Department announced it will be stepping up enforcement in high crash areas this weekend. This will no doubt help keep us safe as we drive this weekend. However, if you are one of the hopefully few people who get injured in a crash this weekend, here are a couple of tips to prove your case and get the monetary compensation you deserve.

Look for cameras along the route the at-fault driver took before the crash.

This footage can be used to calculate the driver’s speed or show how they were driving in the moments leading up to the crash. This can be used to show they were negligent.

Download the black box data.

Most cars have black box-like devices, also known as event data recorders, that capture and store data in the moments leading up to a crash. What data is captured depends on the device, but it most often includes speed, braking events, and distance. Some devices even record signal and horn usage. Such data can go a long way to establishing the other driver was at fault for the crash.

Get witness information.

Most police officers who respond to a crash will get the names and information of witnesses, but not always. Sometimes witnesses don’t have time to stick around and wait for the police. If you’re certain someone witnessed your crash, get their contact information immediately and before the police arrive. This will ensure you can reach them if they need to testify about the defendant’s driving.

Hopefully, the KCPD’s stepped-up enforcement this weekend will prevent you from getting hit by a negligent driver. If you’re one of the unfortunate ones who get hit, however, please don’t hesitate to contact our firm. We may be able to help you get monetary compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.