The companies that own and operate large trucks have legal teams on retainer, so when a truck accident occurs, attorneys and investigators are on the scene quickly – sometimes on the very same day. Unfortunately, these legal professionals have only one goal in mind: minimizing the shipping company’s liability.
For the average driver, standing up to this kind of legal might can be intimidating, if not impossible. As such, you will need your own legal team to help you get the compensation you deserve. One way your attorney can help you is by facilitating the discovery process.
In discovery, both sides disclose the information they have about the accident and your potential trial. This is an opportunity for your team to access all the information the shipping company gathered immediately after your accident. Sometimes, this evidence is not favorable for the shipping company, and your attorney can use it to support your claim in court.
Black Box Data
During discovery, your lawyer may even be able to access the trucker’s “black box,” which holds data regarding the operation of the truck. By examining black box data, your legal team can find out whether or not the truck driver adhered to federal safety regulations, when the last time they took a break was, and other information related to your accident.
Subpoenas and Depositions
Your attorney can also take depositions so they know what all witnesses will say in court. If a trucker has a different idea of what happened during your accident, your legal team can get ahead of and discredit this alternate story.
If the shipping company ever tries to hide evidence, an attorney can also request a subpoena from the court. For a good lawyer, no information is off-limits.
Many cases end before going to trial because discovery gives attorneys the tools they need to negotiate. If your attorney finds a valuable piece of information during discovery, they can use it to negotiate a bigger settlement on your behalf. Based on the information they find during discovery, your attorney can also advise you of whether you should accept a settlement or hold out for something better.
Although no one can predict exactly what will happen during a trial, the discovery process can give your legal team a better idea of the strengths and weaknesses of your case. If your attorney expects you to win, and the other side won’t make a reasonable settlement offer, they will not hesitate to go to court on your behalf.
The Right Lawyer Is Key
To maximize the benefits of discovery – and your compensation – you need to find the right lawyer. At Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC, we have recovered over $200 million for our clients, and we can help you, as well. Our legal team has more than 70 years of combined experience, and we are ready to put every year to work on your behalf.
Don’t let the trucking industry win! Instead, call us at (866) 675-4427 or contact us online to get started with a free consultation – we’re available 24/7, so you can call anytime.