Investigating a Truck Accident Requires Significant Resources
Thousands of people are injured each year in accidents involving large commercial trucks. Large commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, tanker trucks, garbage trucks, and dump trucks, often weigh as much as 20 to 30 times1 as much as most passenger vehicles on the road. When trucks are involved in accidents people can be seriously injured, and these injuries tend to occur to the occupants of the other vehicle. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that in 2012, 73 percent of the people injured in large truck accidents were in a vehicle other than the truck involved in the accident.
After a truck accident, a victim who wishes to recover for their losses must be able to establish that the accident that caused their injuries was the result of some form of negligence on the part of another person or party. Establishing negligence often requires the collection and presentation of a significant amount of evidence, which in turn can involve a significant investment of resources. In many cases, truck accident victims are unable to effectively represent themselves against a trucking company or other party that has a legal team standing by ready to defend against claims arising from accidents. Fortunately, the Dolman Law Group has the resources required to effectively represent people who have been injured in car accidents. Some of the main reasons it is important for truck accident victims to retain an experienced truck accident attorney are detailed below.
Obtaining evidence after a truck accident often requires legal expertise
When litigation is pending, there are procedural devices known collectively as “discovery” that allow parties to obtain information relevant to the matter being litigated. Some common examples of discovery devices often used in civil litigation include depositions, interrogatories, requests for admissions, and physical examinations. The procedural and substantive rules regarding discovery are extremely complicated, and it is highly advisable for anyone who needs to obtain evidence tending to show that an accident was caused by someone else’s negligence to retain legal counsel as soon as possible.
Conducting a thorough investigation requires a substantial amount of time
Investigating a truck accident can take hundreds of hours. The tasks involved can include obtaining evidence, reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses, communicating with the other party, reviewing medical records, and filing documents with the court. After a truck accident, victims should focus on recovering from their injuries and not worry about negotiating a reasonable settlement or preparing for trial. When victims retain legal counsel, they can rest assured that their attorney is handling their case and working to obtain the maximum amount of compensation available under the law.
Investigating a truck accident may require the use of expert consultants and witnesses
Modern trucks are extremely complicated vehicles that often use equipment with which the general public is unfamiliar. In addition, the trucking industry operates with certain internal standards and is subject to both federal and state regulations that are extremely voluminous. As a result, it is often necessary to employ expert witnesses or consultants in order to establish that a particular act or omission was negligent or in violation of a regulation. These individuals may charge hundreds of dollars an hour simply to provide their opinion on a matter. Fortunately, a personal injury law firm will pay these up-front costs so that they can build the strongest case possible on behalf of its client.
The Dolman Law Group will not collect legal fees unless we successfully recover on your behalf
Victims of truck accidents may worry that they cannot afford to hire a law firm to represent them. The Dolman Law Group takes all of its cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning that our clients do not pay us for legal representation unless we obtain a settlement or award.
Contact a Clearwater truck accident lawyer today to schedule a free case evaluation
Individuals who have been injured in a truck accident should have an experienced advocate fighting for their legal rights. In many cases, the representation of a Clearwater truck accident attorney can have a significant impact on the amount of compensation victims are able to recover. The lawyers of the Dolman Law Group are dedicated to helping people who have been injured by the negligence of others obtain compensation for the losses they have suffered. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please call our office today at 727-451-6900.
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