More than a few people incorrect not only is the aftermath worse, it is potentially disastrous. The reason is not necessarily because trucks have a habit of winning in a contest of which vehicle chassis can inflict the most damage in a collision. More often the biggest problem is the driver or the insured’s inability to navigate the legal and financial minefield that follows complex accidents.
Believe it or not, major questions can arise just from the issue of who can be sued and where. With a truck accident, the likelihood of encountering an out-of-state or foreign defendant is higher than normal. The relationships between defendants, plaintiffs, insurance companies, the Department of Transportation, local ordinances and various other legal details are, without putting too fine a point on it, beyond the comprehension of the average person. Only those with the superpower of Bar membership are likely to know who may be liable and where.
The alternative is the potential for a mistake that can be financially costly and could threaten your driving privilege
A fair proportion of the legal field is discovering ways to avoid mistakes. Filing paperwork at the wrong time, telling an insurance company about things they don’t need to know and engaging in freewheeling debate at the accident scene are the kinds of things attorneys are paid to help you avoid. Getting into an accident is bad enough. Getting in an accident with a truck is worse. There is no reason to court disaster, no pun intended, by making tactical mistakes after the fact. This is why wise litigants let their attorney do the talking.
Just in Time
The other very important discipline necessary in the aftermath of a complex accident is the ability to get things done on time. Litigation is entirely dependent on timely filings and showing up to hearings day and date. These are things that attorneys are uniquely equipped to do. The average person, on the other hand, is likely to find it difficult to even locate the right schedules and places to turn in documents.
Missing a filing date or a hearing is instant death for any chance of prevailing at trial or even getting an advantage before it becomes necessary to put your cards on the table. The reason Austin truck accident lawyers always get this right is because missing a filing is likely to result in that attorney pursuing another career. There is no such thing as missing hearings or filings as a professional. That’s a fair portion of what you pay for as a client. Take advantage of this power and put it to use in your accident case and you’ll have a significant advantage over the alternative state of affairs.
It’s the practical details that will decide just about every complex issue you will ever face. Getting things done on time and avoiding mistakes are only half the battle, but they are the half upon which everything else rests. Get the basics right first and your accident case will become much easier to navigate.