This is the first post in a series of articles discussing common issues in Fort Worth, Texas trucking accident cases. Accidents involving a semi-truck, bus, tractor-trailer, or other large commercial vehicles can cause catastrophic injuries or death and significant property damage. These cases may involve multiple defendants and theories of liabilities, which can be overwhelming. One goal of this series is to explain the types of issues victims and their families may face when engaged in a trucking accident lawsuit. Another goal is to provide information to assist plaintiffs in selecting competent legal representation. If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident, contact an experienced law firm as soon as possible following the crash to preserve your legal rights.
This series will address the following key topics:
- What to expect following a serious trucking accident
- The need for expert witnesses
- The possibility of facing a bifurcated trial
- What to expect during a trucking accident trial
It is important to have a basic understanding of these issues for several reasons. First, the process to establish damages and liability can be complicated following a serious accident. Understanding the various phases of the process will help the parties manage expectations. Second, expert witnesses often play a vital role in determining the extent of a victim’s injuries, the potential financial impact on the victim and their family and the relative fault of the responsible parties. Third, in some circumstances, a trial may be bifurcated, or split into two separate phases. In the context of a trucking accident, the defendants may elect to split the liability phase of the trial from the damages portion. This typically occurs when the victim’s damages are so severe that the jury’s opinion of the defendants’ liability may be unfairly influenced. Finally, one should have a general idea of what to expect during the trial, including the important role an experienced trial attorney will play in the process.
Catastrophic truck accidents can have long-term emotional, physical and financial impacts on victims and their families. It is important to engage knowledgeable personal injury counsel with the resources to thoroughly investigate the incident and engage the necessary experts on your behalf. We strongly suggest contacting an attorney as soon as possible after the accident to preserve your rights. These suggestions apply whether you are in Fort Worth, Dallas or other areas of Texas.