Challenges Encountered by Unrepresented Accident Victims
If you fail to secure the help of an experienced flatbed trailer accident attorney, there are several hurdles that you will have to surmount in order to obtain the just compensation that you deserve. A seasoned attorney is familiar with what needs to be done in order for you to overcome the obstacles that can put your case at risk. Some of the issues that you will need to be aware of concerning litigation involving a flatbed trailer accident include:
Determining the source of the cargo.
Dealing with truck drivers who lie.
The policies of big insurance companies.
Trucking companies that are self-insured.
The burden of proof the plaintiff bears.
Here is some detailed information on each of these potential hurdles.
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Determining the source of the cargo
It is possible that the cause of your accident was the cargo that was left lying in the road long after the truck that was hauling it had left the scene. When this takes place, it can be incredibly challenging for inexperienced attorneys to determine the source of the cargo, and basically impossible for someone with no legal background. In order to determine the source of that cargo, or to identify who to take legal action against, you have to first be able to track down the truck that dropped the cargo.
These kinds of cases occur frequently. Cargo often comes loose from a flatbed trailer without a driver even knowing what happened. There are other times that the driver is well aware that the cargo has fallen, but chose not to take the time nor make the effort to try and make sure the cargo was cleaned up, either by calling the police or taking some other action. A flatbed trailer accident attorney, however, can help you determine the source of the cargo that caused the accident that injured you.
Dealing with Truck Drivers who Lie
Truck drivers who lie concerning the cause of an accident can be just as formidable a threat to your case as flatbed trailers can be to other motorists on the road. If a driver is found to have caused a flatbed trailer accident, he or she will likely be fired. With that kind of black mark on his or her record, that driver will find it very difficult to find another job. Considering the state of the economy, it is easy to see why an otherwise trustworthy person would stoop to this kind of desperate act. However, this lie, if successful, will come at the expense of your case, because the blame will shift from the driver to you.
But there are many ways that a seasoned and skilled flatbed trailer accident attorney can uncover the lies of a truck driver and ensure that your case is saved. The first way is through collecting vital evidence that can prove the trucker is lying. For instance, in one of our recent cases, we were able to secure surveillance footage from a nearby business’ security camera in order to prove our client, contrary to what the trucker claimed, was driving with his headlights on. Secondly, our attorneys can often reveal the truth through a deposition. In a deposition, an attorney is allowed to ask questions of the other side’s witnesses prior to the trial commencing. A skilled attorney can, by asking the correct questions, compel a witness to tell the truth or expose a witnesses’ attempt at telling a lie. The flatbed trailer accident attorneys with our Law Office have taken thousands of depositions. We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that the judge, jury, and insurance company completely know your side of the story.