Although serious injuries can occur in any type of motor vehicle accident, they are more likely to result when a tractor-trailer or other large truck is involved. The severity of the injuries is just one of several factors that typically make trucking accident lawsuits more complicated. While every trucking accident case is unique, many require the assistance of expert witnesses in order to prove fault on the part of the truck.
When a motor vehicle accident causes injuries to the occupants of an involved vehicle, those injured victims could be entitled to compensation. Whether or not that occurs depends on a variety of things, not the least of which is proving that another party’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. Sometimes, proving negligence requires an expert.
The sheer size and weight of a tractor-trailer frequently means that the crash scene will be large and complex. Occasionally, the driver of the truck will readily admit that the collision was all his/her fault; however, more often than not, the driver will try to blame the collision on another party, equipment programs, or point the finger in any direction away from him/her. Ultimately, an expert accident reconstructionist may be called in to study the scene and the involved vehicles. An accident reconstructionist is able to determine a lot from studying the scene of an accident, even long after the collision. It is possible to determine things such as how fast each vehicle was traveling, how the vehicles collided, and the extent of the damage to each vehicle.
Accident reconstruction experts are not the only type of experts you might need for a trucking accident. Sometimes, for example, a medical expert is needed to testify with regard to the type, severity, or future prognosis for injuries suffered by a victim. If a victim has suffered a permanent disability as a result of the collision an economist may also be needed to testify to the financial loss the disability caused.
One of the advantages to working with an experienced trucking accident attorney is that your attorney will have the contacts and resources to ensure that if an expert is needed for your case you will be able to retain one.
If you been injured in a trucking accident in the State of Florida it is imperative that you consult with a Florida attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Contact the accident team at Powers Sellers & Finkelstein PLC by calling 727-531-2926 today to schedule your appointment.