What to Expect If Your Car Accident Case Goes to Trial
Car accidents can often be minor, resulting in only superficial injuries and a bent fender. Unfortunately, many car accidents are severe, resulting in serious life-threatening injuries and thousands in property damage.
If you’ve been a victim of a serious car accident, you should be able to rely on the at-fault party’s insurance for compensation. However, there are cases that require going beyond the settlement and into a jury trial.
Many Car Accident Cases Settle Outside of Court
Many car accident cases can be settled outside of court through negotiation by a skilled attorney. In Texas, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is responsible for paying your medical bills. You may receive an adequate settlement for your injuries from the insurance company without ever stepping foot inside a courtroom.
When Is Court Appropriate for Your Car Accident?
In some cases, the insurance company may deny the accident claim or fail to provide enough compensation to cover your medical bills and property damage. If this is the case, you can then move forward with a lawsuit by suing the at-fault driver.
What to Expect During Your Trial
First, your attorney will do what it takes to try and reach a settlement outside of court via mediation. If negotiations fail, the case may proceed to a jury trial. Your car accident trial will feature all of the hallmark elements of a trial, including:
- Jury selection: The court will take the time to select a jury that meets the qualifications of your case.
- Presenting of evidence: Your attorney will be able to present evidence on your behalf, including photos, medical bills and witness statements to help prove your case.
- Cross-examination: The other party’s attorney will cross-examine the evidence and the witnesses.
After closing remarks, the jury will deliberate and return with a verdict. Due to the nature of these cases, the time it takes to complete the litigation process will differ for each case. It could take anywhere from months to a couple of years to complete the process.
Call the Attorneys at Ted B. Lyon & Associates for Help
Are you a victim of a serious accident? Worried that you’ll be unable to pay your medical bills? The attorneys at Ted B. Lyon & Associates have years of experience with litigation. Let us help you start to heal. To learn more about your potential case, give us a call at 866-503-4864 or send us a message.
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