What Happens When Your Car Accident Case Goes to Trial?
Usually a car accident case is settled before a trial takes place. However, in some cases, going to court is necessary. One reason your case might go to trial is if you and the other party cannot agree to a settlement amount. Or perhaps the insurance company does not agree that their client caused the accident and is refusing to settle at all.
Here is what to expect if you car accident lawsuit goes to trial:
- The jury will be selected. Potential jurors will be asked a series of questions to ensure they are impartial to the outcome of the trial.
- The attorneys will make opening statements. This is an opportunity for both attorneys to introduce the jury to their side, and to explain what the evidence they will be presenting will show about the case.
- The plaintiff presents evidence. During this part of the trial, you attorney will present the evidence against the defendant. This is when any witnesses will be called to testify. These might include bystanders who saw the accident or the doctor who treated you for your injuries.
- Once your attorney has presented all their evidence, the defense then has an opportunity to present evidence.
- After each side has presented their evidence, the attorneys for each side will give closing statements. Your attorney will remind the jury of the evidence that was presented, and explain how that evidence should lead them to a verdict in your favor.
- The jury will then deliberate on the evidence to reach a verdict. The deliberations are confidential, and they can last anywhere from a few hours to several days.
- When the jury reaches a verdict, they notify the judge that they have done so. The judge then brings the jury back to the courtroom and the verdict is read to all the parties.
How Long will the Trial Take?
There is no set rule for how long a car accident trial can take. However, these trials usually last only a few days, from the time the jury is selected to when the verdict is reached.
“Our firm has been very successful with presenting our clients’ cases to a jury. If your car accident case goes to trial, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with us,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.
DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.