Negligence and personal injury lawsuits often take a great deal of time and as a result can be a truly mentally, emotionally, and even physically daunting experience. This is especially true in trucking accidents because the injuries are often more severe, there are usually many parties involved, and apportioning liability may take a significant amount of time. It is important that people understand that there is a possibility that cases may be handled and settled before even getting to the trial stage. An experienced attorney can help clients determine whether pre-trial interventions and settlements will be the best course of action.
Many states require that certain initial steps be taken in order to commence a lawsuit. In New Mexico, the injured victim or the plaintiff will need to file a complaint that alleges what the cause of action is. In this complaint, the plaintiff must ask for relief from the culpable party, and this relief will include the damages that are demanded. Next, the New Mexico clerk of court will summon the defendant, and the paperwork will be served upon them, at which point they will have time to file an answer.
These initial stages are actually some of the most crucial stages in these types of lawsuits. During this stage, attorneys may attempt to persuade the judge to make a decision based on the alleged facts, which may include finding in favor of the plaintiff or the defendant. Moreover, cases may be thrown out for procedural missteps as well.
In New Mexico, if the case is not dismissed, it will proceed to a pre-trial conference. New Mexico law provides that pre-trial conferences must be scheduled in every civil case. During this stage, the parties will learn of the witnesses and exhibits, and they may also try to negotiate. It is crucial to have a zealous advocate who will be able to represent your interests during this stage because it may avoid the need for a costly and lengthy trial.
Georgia Trucking Accident Settled with Families of Nursing Students Who Were Killed
An industry news source recently reported on the outcome of a tragic trucking accident that resulted in four fatalities. The settlement stems from an accident that occurred on April 22, 2015, when four nursing students were hit by a tractor-trailer. The accident resulted in a fiery explosion that sadly killed all of the students. Apparently, during the pre-trial stage, it was discovered that the truck driver had been previously fired for falling asleep at the wheel. The truck driver acknowledged that the accident was his fault but did not admit to sleeping. The settlement revealed that all of the families settled their cases, and at least one of the victim’s families will be entitled to $14 million.
Have You Been Injured in a New Mexico Trucking Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, it is important that you have a dedicated and zealous advocate to fight for your rights. The attorneys at the Fine Law Firm have years of experience handling these sorts of complex cases. In fact, these attorneys will be able to assist you during every stage of the civil proceedings, including pre-trial negotiations and settlement. If you are successful, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries you or your loved one has suffered. Contact an attorney at the Fine Law Firm today at 800-640-6590 to schedule your free initial consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Federal Appellate Court Affirms Judgment and Award of $3 Million to Family of Man Killed in Trucking Accident, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, March 17, 2016.
Minibus Accident in France Claims 12 Lives, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, April 7, 2016.