Truck accident cases are quite different from an automobile accident cases.
Litigation of these types of cases must be handled in a different way
from the very beginning. For one thing, a truck accident case is often
time-sensitive, especially when it comes to investigation and gathering
the evidence. Evidence of liability must be preserved as quickly as possible.
Truck accident cases can also be trickier because of insurance issues
and federal trucking regulations. For these and other reasons there is
usually a need for an expert witness.
Why are truck accident cases more complicated to litigate?
Primarily, the unique physical dynamics of an accident involving a commercial
truck is very different from those involving passenger vehicles. The skill
required to properly handle a large tractor-trailer requires more sophistication
than driving a car or even a pickup truck.
Secondly, commercial trucks are governed by numerous regulations which
inevitably play a huge role in litigating these cases. In cases where
the truck driver, or the trucking company the driver works for, are suspected
of violating any of the regulations that govern the trucking industry,
those issues need to be addressed. In many cases, an expert on these regulations
and requirements will be needed to provide the necessary evidence of liability,
as well as, to respond to the defenses the at-fault party attempts to raise.
How expert witnesses help in a truck accident case
There are numerous issues that a trucking expert witness can address with
relation to proving liability in truck accident litigation. When liability
is in dispute, which is usually the case, the trucking company will certainly
hire an expert witness, as well. It would be in your best interest to
also retain an expert so you can counter the testimony of an opposing expert.
Experts in truck accident investigation are typically very valuable at
providing insight as to how or why a truck accident occurred. It is crucial
that all evidence at the scene of the accident be preserved as soon as possible.
If you have questions regarding truck accidents, or any other personal
injury matters, contact us
online or by calling the Law Office of Cody R. Wix, LLC at (205) 381-4787.