After you’ve been involved in any kind of vehicle accident, an important part of the legal process often involves obtaining the services of an expert witness who can help prove your case. Expert witnesses are especially important in cases involving commercial trucks, because these types of accidents can be very complex. A highly trained and experienced expert in trucking and transportation law speaking on your behalf to explain the facts of your case before a judge and jury may be exactly what you need to win your lawsuit.
Here’s when you should think about when hiring an expert witness to help your truck accident case, including why you may need an expert, what to consider when choosing one, and how to get help from a personal injury attorney after your crash.
How an Expert Witness Helps Your Case
For simple passenger automobile crashes, an expert witness may not always be necessary, but for special situations, an expert witness becomes an invaluable part of your legal team. Truck accidents can quickly become entangled in the details of litigation, as the laws and regulations around commercial vehicles are complicated. An expert witness will be familiar with the fine details of transportation law, including things such as:
- Department of Transportation rules.
- Analyzing data from truck computer systems.
- Trucking insurance and safety issues.
- Laws regarding alcohol and drug use (prescription or illegal) for drivers.
- Federal, state, and local carrier regulations.
- Commercial vehicle maintenance and safety standards.
- Side and rear underride guard protection standards.
- Truck equipment maintenance and manufacturing standards.
- Other in-depth trucking industry knowledge.
Your expert witness will be able to bring this type of information and much more to bear on your behalf in a court of law, to prove to the judge and jury that you deserve compensation for injuries that happened through no fault of your own.
Choosing an Expert Witness
Whether you’ll need an expert witness will depend on the facts of your case. If there were no witnesses to the accident and the scenario must be reconstructed, or if there are facts involved that are outside of the knowledge of the average person, an expert witness is probably necessary.
When choosing your expert witness, you should choose somebody who is highly trained and experienced in his or her field, with suitable credentials to prove his expertise. His or her qualifications will likely be one of the first things examined by the judge, by the jury, and by the defending legal team, so making sure that your expert is really a credible authority is critical to your case.
If you’re concerned about having an expert witness on your side, talk about it with your attorney. Your attorney should be somebody who is already well-versed in commercial accident lawsuits, and will tell you if he or she thinks that an expert witness will be necessary in a situation like yours. It’s very likely that your attorney will already know some local expert witnesses to connect you with, so if you’re in doubt, ask. There are also expert witness firms that you may find via the local phonebook, or via an Internet search.
Whichever route you choose, be sure to discuss it with your lawyer so that you can have a legal roadmap for winning your lawsuit and receiving the compensation that you’re owed.
How to Get Legal Help
Have you been injured or lost a loved one due to an accident with a commercial truck or semi? Wayne Wright LLP would like to hear from you today. We believe in standing up for justice and protecting the rights of those who have been injured, and we’re here to help you and your family recover. You may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation or physical therapy, vehicle repair or replacement, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and more.
To arrange a free, no-obligation consultation about your accident with one of our experienced legal professionals, call us by phone, use our contact form to send an email, or click the live chat box on this page right now.