3 Ways to Prove Someone's Speeding led to a Car Accident

Speeding is one of the most commonly written traffic citations. Some drivers like the thrill of going fast, but there is a reason nearly all roads and highways have a posted speed limit. Traveling above the speed limit significantly increases the risk of a collision, and all too often, an innocent party gets injured.

Proving a negligent driver was speeding isn't always an easy task. Victims can go online to get helpful information about what steps to take first. Hiring a lawyer is also advisable. Here are some ways to prove the negligent driver's speeding led to the car accident:

1. Search the Scene for Physical Evidence

Anyone who has watched a true-crime documentary knows the importance of gathering physical evidence. It's also crucial to do this after a car accident. There may be key pieces of evidence that will help to paint a better picture of what happened.

First, search the road for any skid marks. While they may seem insignificant at first, the length and depth of skid marks can help forensic experts determine how long it took the negligent driver to stop. These marks can also help determine how fast the driver was going before the incident. For instance, longer skid marks indicate it took longer for the vehicle to stop, suggesting the driver was going over the speed limit.

Road debris and car damage may also help build a case. The faster a car travels, the farther it throws road debris. Forensic experts can use this information to determine the car's speed at the time. That's one reason it's critical to take plenty of measurements and photographs before cleaning up the accident scene. The amount of damage the car sustained is also very telling. Fast-moving vehicles hit with more force and leave behind more damage.

2. Request a Police Report

It's sometimes tempting to leave the scene of a minor car accident without calling the police. However, having a police report actually makes it easier to prove fault. Police reports contain vital information. Officers may note road conditions and take statements from all parties involved. They may even search for witnesses who can corroborate the story. If the officer wrote any speeding tickets at the scene, they would also note this in the report.

3. Look Around for Witnesses

Witnesses play an essential role in determining whether or not speed was a factor. Eyewitness testimonies can even help determine fault. While the average person can't report a driver's exact speed, they can tell if the guilty party was driving faster than everyone else on the road. Always make sure any witnesses leave their contact information in case the insurance company, lawyer, or police need to contact them again in the future.

Not every accident has eyewitnesses, however. What should an injured driver do if no one else saw the accident? That's when it's time to call in expert witnesses. These professionals have the skill and training needed to help determine speed and fault. Police officers, forensic experts, or traffic reconstruction professionals are some of the most helpful expert witnesses in car accident cases.

Who to Call After a Car Accident

Car accidents are not always cut-and-dry, especially when they involve speeding. Guilty parties may deny fault, and insurance companies will do anything to avoid paying. Victims should consider hiring a car accident lawyer instead of handling everything alone. Doing so will allow them time to focus on healing instead of stressing over the details of their case.

Tide to Design First Laundry Detergent for Space, To Begin Stain Removal Testing on International Space Station in 2022

The Procter & Gamble laundry brand partners with NASA in a Space Act Agreement to explore how to efficiently clean astronauts’ clothing in resource-constrained environments, including the Artemis Moon missions and future Mars missions.

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Tide® has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to help in the development of laundry detergent solutions and technology development in space. Under the agreement, NASA may test and study Tide cleaning solutions in space. The study could have potential on-planet implications like innovative solutions for resource and environmental challenges on Earth. Aligning with Tide’s decade-long sustainability commitment, Ambition 2030, Tide will strive to bring off-planet learnings back to everyday consumer products.

Currently, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) wear clothing several times before replacing it with a new set. Clothing is delivered to the station through resupply shipment opportunities. The limited cargo capacity makes the practice of replenishing the clothing supply challenging for deep space missions, such as Artemis Moon missions and a crewed roundtrip Mars mission. Without a laundry solution, 160 pounds of clothing per crew member per year are launched to the ISS. Human roundtrip missions to Mars could be two to three years in length.

Major challenges for off-Earth laundering include ingredient safety and compatibility with NASA life support systems, and the limited amount of water available per wash load and the requirement that the wash water is purified back to drinking-quality water. To combat these challenges, Tide has developed a fully degradable detergent, specifically designed for use in space to solve malodor, cleanliness and stain removal problems for washable items used during deep space missions, while being suitable for use in a closed-loop water system.

Onboard a 2022 cargo launch to the space station, “Mission PGTide” (P&G Telescience Investigation of Detergent Experiments), teams will test the stability of cleaning ingredients under microgravity conditions and exposure to the radiation levels experienced in space in partnership with the ISS U.S. National Laboratory and SEOPS. In addition, the stain removal ingredients and performance will be tested on board the ISS through experiments with Tide To Go Wipes and Tide To Go Pens.

"The ISS National Lab is excited to work with the P&G team once again as they push the limits of their research and development onboard the orbiting laboratory,” said Dr. Michael Roberts, Acting Chief Scientist for the ISS National Lab. “Through private-sector utilization of the space station, companies like P&G can conduct investigations in ways not possible on Earth to develop new consumer products, enhance existing products, and better understand processes that further business models both on the ground and in low Earth orbit. We look forward to this first investigation of Tide in Space and hope that many more will soon follow."

In addition to testing onboard the ISS National Lab, NASA, and Tide researchers may study how an innovative combined washing and drying unit utilizing the special-formulated detergent could potentially be integrated into planetary habitats that may be used for the Artemis Moon and Mars missions under low-gravity surface conditions. There are also a unique set of challenges that present themselves for a crewed Mars mission. Future missions to and from Mars expect to span multiple years, and these long-duration flights will require laundry solutions designed for extreme space-based environments and varying gravity conditions.

“This partnership was created to rethink cleaning solutions – forcing us to rethink innovations for resource-constrained and challenging environments like the ISS, deep space, and even the future of our home planet,” said Aga Orlik, Senior Vice President, P&G North America Fabric Care. “We are eager to apply our learnings from our partnerships with NASA and the ISS National Lab to Tide on Earth, developing a low-resource-use laundry solution for everyday use while meeting consumer demand for more sustainable products.”

The news of Tide’s space exploration to innovate low-impact laundry solutions comes on the heels of Tide’s Ambition 2030 commitments, announced earlier this spring. Included among Tide’s Ambition commitments were actionable goals to find resource efficiencies in energy, water, and waste across the laundry lifecycle – from manufacturing and packaging to consumer use phase and end of life – to reduce the environmental impact of a load of laundry while increasing the impact of clean clothes.

“Humanity has reached a pivotal point where on one hand, we’re on the exciting cusp of space colonization, and on the other, facing a critical period where action must be taken now to save the planet we all call home,” said Orlik. “The collaboration with NASA and the ISS National Lab is particularly exciting because it allows us to push the bounds of resource efficiency to its absolute limit, uncovering learnings with practical applications for both the future of laundry in space and here on Earth.”

To check out more information on Tide’s overarching sustainability ambitions, please see here.

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