This post concludes and recaps our series on the handling of Minnesota trucking accident cases.* We felt it necessary to write on this topic as, for obvious reasons, victims and their loved ones often are unsure of what steps they should take after a catastrophic injury. The goal of our last several posts has been to provide information that will help people better understand their situation and assist them in making an informed selection of a personal injury attorney. If you require legal assistance, contact our office today to speak with a Rochester lawyer. We also handle matters in Owatonna and elsewhere.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- Identifying all possible parties after a trucking accident
- Discovery in truck accident cases
- The need for experts in cases involving commercial vehicles
- Determining a trucking accident victim’s damages
- What to expect at trial for such a matter
These are crucial issues to understand. First, these types of cases may involve multiple defendants. While the driver of the vehicle would be liable, it may be possible to bring an action against the driver’s employer for negligent supervision and to bring an action against the owner of the truck (assuming that the owner and employer are separate entities). Second, discovery is necessary in order to obtain evidence that will show how the employer may have been negligent in their training and supervision of the driver. Third, expert witnesses are required in such matters to establish past and future damages as well as to explain how the defendant’s conduct fell below a reasonable level of care. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process will help to ensure that a plaintiff is properly prepared.
Throughout each of these articles we have heavily stressed that it is important to retain an experienced lawyer to assist you. These types of matters involve many complex issues and, again, you likely will be dealing with multiple defendants. By hiring a firm familiar with these matters you help ensure all aspects of your case will be handled properly. Our Rochester attorneys are ready and able to assist the victims of truck wrecks. Contact our office today.
We also serve 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?”