Many people don’t know how to proceed after having been involved in a crash with a commercial truck. The goal of this series of articles is to help victims better understand their situation and assist them in making an informed decision when it comes time to choose a personal injury attorney. If you have been hit by a big rig, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer. In addition to Rochester, Owatonna, and Southeastern Minnesota, we also serve residents of Northern Iowa and Western Wisconsin.
We will address several topics over our coming articles. Issues we’ll analyze include:
- Identifying the defendants in a trucking accident case *
- The importance of discovery in commercial truck accidents
- The role of expert witnesses in cases involving commercial vehicles
- Calculation of the victim’s damages
- What to expect at trial
There are several reasons it’s important to understand these topics. Commercial trucking accidents differ from typical car wrecks because they may involve multiple defendants. Defendants can include the driver, the truck’s owner, and, possibly, the company employing the vehicle. It is important that each of these parties be named in a lawsuit. Discovery is one of the tools for determining the liability of each of the defendants. Experts are usually necessary to determine the culpability of each defendant, as well as the victim’s damages. Understanding damages is necessary so a proper amount can be requested from the jury. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process will help ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
One point we cannot stress enough is that you should immediately seek legal representation if you or a loved one have been hit by a semi truck. An attorney will take steps to ensure that evidence is preserved. Your lawyer also will immediately begin dealing with each of the defendants so that your rights remain protected. By waiting to take legal action you may reduce your chances of gaining the highest possible compensation.
Our Rochester trucking accident lawyers handle cases in the following southeast 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?”