Analyzing documentsThis is the third post in our series on Rochester, Minnesota commercial truck accident cases.* Our past articles provided an overview of trucking crash cases and discussed the identification of defendants after a truck wreck. It is imperative to understand that such incidents often involve multiple defendants and the importance of naming each of them in a lawsuit. Victims who fail to name all defendants risk receiving less than their maximum recovery. By retaining an experienced attorney you help make sure all possible actions are pursued. In this article we will discuss the importance of discovery in such cases. If you require assistance, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.

Discovery is crucial to Minnesota trucking accident cases

Discovery is the process by which information is obtained from plaintiffs and defendants in a lawsuit. This process provides several tools for obtaining such information. These tools include Interrogatories, which are written questions to which the other side must provide written answers, signed under oath. Requests for Production require a party to provide written documents, records, or other tangible objects. Depositions require parties or witnesses to appear and be interviewed in the presence of a court reporter. A deposition witness must answer the questions of attorneys and a transcript of the testimony will be generated. Should a deposition witness attempt to change his or her testimony at trial, the transcript can be used to point out inconsistencies.

It cannot be stressed enough that discovery is crucial in complex cases, such as those involving commercial trucking accidents. Contrary to what is shown on television and in popular media, cases are not won with “surprise” evidence uncovered at trial. Instead, cases are won through the methodical accumulation of evidence and the proper presentation of that evidence at trial. Discovery is the process through which that methodical accumulation of evidence occurs. By retaining lawyers experienced in this process you help ensure you have the evidence you need at trial.

An experienced attorney will use discovery to build a case against Rochester and Owatonna commercial trucking accident defendants

The discovery process will be used to establish specific liability against each of the defendants. If, for example, you are suing the truck’s owner for negligent hiring and/or supervision, your attorney will use the process to obtain employment files, company policies, and records that show how the company deals with its workers. The truck’s owners will be required to provide such documents.

If you have been the victim of a commercial truck accident, you need the assistance of an experienced attorney. Our Rochester lawyers have been serving our clients since our firm’s founding in 1988 and we are honored to do so. We pride ourselves on providing the highest levels of service and we are ready to assist you.

In addition to Rochester, we serve the following SE Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.

*A note about language:

Federal agencies involved in traffic safety have banned use of the word “accident” for more than 20 years, and with good reason. However, we use the word “accident” on our website, even though we know it has implications that run contrary to our professional thinking and training, because we recognize that “accident” is the word most commonly used in online searches when people are looking for help after being injured in a crash. If you’d like more information about this topic, please see our blog, “Car Accident or Car Crash?”