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What was the estimated speed of a vehicle that struck me?

  1. Jul 23, 2015 #1
    I was recently involved in an automobile accident and was charged for not Yielding. I was driving a 2000 Lexus RX300 and was struck by a 1995 Chevrolet Geo Prizm. I was leaving a parking lot onto a 4 lane road divided by a median. As I was approaching the median to head eastbound and was at an approximate 75 degree angle almost into the median, I saw the Chevy that came out of nowhere change lanes from the outside lane to the inside lane (closed to the median and my vehicle) traveling at a very rapid rate heading westbound. I learned from a third party that he was speed racing with a Mustang on this road and that he and a driver of a Mustang had an on-going problem with each other and the driver that struck me had been threatening the driver of the Mustang's life and had previously attempted to run him off the road into a retention pond. So, I have wondered/theorized if his headlights were off and that is why I did not see any oncoming traffic heading westbound that allowed me to perpendicular to the road in which the accident occurred, waiting on the driver of the Mustang to appear.

    I knew the vehicle was going to hit me. The driver drove right into me without breaking (no skid marks on pavement). My vehicle was struck on the left corner panel and spun around at least twice before being stopped by a curb on the road when my right rear tire hit it. My vehicle at that point was at an approximate 45 degree angle heading in the opposite direction or westbound. The driver's vehicle ended up in the middle of the eastbound lanes (two lanes) also at an approximate 45 degree angle facing my vehicle. Both cars were inoperable and had to be towed. I have attached photos of both vehicles in hopes that it helps estimate the rate of speed that the vehicle that struck me was traveling.

    Some other variables that may be important in solving the equation are: it was late in the evening, 9:42 PM, so it was dark outside. The roads were dry and it was a clear night. http://learned [Broken] from a third party that he was speed racing with a Mustang on this road and that he and the driver of the Mustang had an on-going problem with each other and the driver that struck me had been threatening the driver of the Mustang's life and had previously attempted to run him off the road into a retention pond. [/PLAIN] [Broken] C:\Users\Roxanne\Downloads\Automobile accident pics (1)
     

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  3. Jul 23, 2015 #2

    Nidum

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    There is simulated re-enactment and analysis software available for road accidents - some of it very sophisticated . Most police forces have access to a system . Probably a version available online somewhere .


    PS: Just had a look on Google using 'car crash analysis software' - loads of results came up .
     
  4. Jul 23, 2015 #3

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    Welcome to the PF, Roxanne.

    We are not able to help you with your accident reconstruction (at least not in any way that will matter to the courts or insurance companies). The suggestion to check out the reconstruction software is a good one. Beyond that, you should contact an accident reconstruction expert in your area. Thread is closed.
     
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