This is the next post in our series on the handling of Laredo, Texas trucking accident cases. Our last article discussed how comparative fault applies in matters involving semi trucks. It is important to understand that a victim may be able to recover damages even if they were partially at fault for the accident. The extent to which a victim was responsible for the incident is a question that will be answered by the jury. This is just one reason why it is vital that you retain a defense attorney who is experienced in taking such matters to trial. In this article we will discuss another important topic – the need for expert witnesses in such matters. If you or a loved one have been injured then contact our office today to speak with a personal injury lawyer.
Expert witnesses are needed to establish liability and damages after a Laredo trucking accident
The rules of evidence do not allow a “layperson” witness to testify in regards to matters which require specialized knowledge, training, experience, or skill. Instead, an expert witness must be retained so that they may testify in regards to such issues. In a trucking accident case, it will be important to determine whether the semi’s driver, and owner, were following the general safety standards of their industry. Someone with expertise, in regards to both what those standards are and whether they were followed, will be required to testify on the issue. Also, it will be necessary to determine the extent to which the accident has hindered the victim’s ability to earn a living in the future. A vocational expert, and possibly an economist, will need to be retained so that they may testify on these issues.
A Laredo victim will retain their own experts to testify in regards to the types of issues. The defendant, or defendants, will be able to retain their own professionals. It will be up to the jury to decide which, if either, of the parties’ experts are to be given credence. Given that these professionals will often deal with complex issues, it is important that you retain an attorney who is experienced in presenting their testimony to the jury.
Laredo truck accident victims should retain an attorney with the resources necessary to retain any needed experts
Expert witnesses charge expensive fees. These fees are paid up front by a victim’s personal injury attorney and counsel is not repaid unless the victim is compensated for their losses. This means that you should retain a firm with the financial resources needed to hire such professionals. Failing to do so can mean that your case may not be properly presented to the jury. By retaining a firm with significant financial backing – you may increase your chances at trial.
Joey Tellez is a Laredo trucking accident lawyer who has experience in handling such cases. Our firm is prepared to retain any needed professionals and to ensure that your rights are protected from beginning to end. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.