When I meet people in a very traumatic type of case where their loved one has been hit by a truck in a trucking crash, it is a very bad situation. I’m usually meeting them within a week of the trucking crash. It is important that the investigation start right away. Why? Because the insurance company and the trucking company are already way ahead of you (e.g., interviewing witnesses, taking a look at the evidence, and preserving evidence).
The job of a trial lawyer after a trucking crash is to immediately get on this right away – to make sure all evidence is preserved, to make sure all books and logs are preserved, to make sure all witness statements are preserved, to make sure we get good images of the big rig and all of the vehicles so that everything is preserved to protect your interests. The reason being is that when you go to trial against a multibillion dollar company you better have a pretty thick trial bag. That means you better have a lot of evidence to put on, and if you wait and let all of this evidence be destroyed, you are only hurting yourself.
As a trial lawyer, my job is to stand in your shoes and be able to explain your situation to a jury of 12 people. I need to understand exactly how your life has been impacted. The only way that I can do that is by understanding your family, your relationships, your medical situation, how you have been impacted, what your life was like before, what it is like now, and what it is going to be like in the future. All of these things need to be put together and explained to a jury in a simple, concise way. So what we do is, we take the complex and make it simple so that we can express what we need to express to the jury and to the judge. So at the end of the day, you get the compensation that you deserve and you are put back in that place before this tragic event happen.