When a car accident happens, it does not only result in serious physical trauma, but also emotional and financial stress as well. This can be seen through claims with insurance companies. While these are usually settled instead of going to trial, it is possible for a case to have to go to trial anyway. When this happens, it is important that you know what to expect. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance.
Why Would I Go to Trial?
After a car accident, there are two reasons why the case may go to trial. This may be if you and the insurance company do not agree on who is at fault or neither party is satisfied with the proposed compensation. Going to trial can give you the chance to show proof that backs up your claim, possibly result in more compensation. However, if you are proven to be at fault for the accident, it can hurt your case and settlement.
What Does a Car Accident Trial Look Like?
The start of a car accident trial is the selection of the jury for the case. This is done randomly by asking various questions to potential jurors to eliminate any biases and see if they are the right person for the situation. Once this is completed, a trial date can be set. The trial itself begins with opening statements from each side to present their argument. Insurance companies generally argue that you were partially at fault for the accident and should thus not receive compensation. After opening statements, your attorney can present proof of your claim. This can include witness testimony, bystanders, medical professionals, and more.
To finish the trial, both sides make their closing arguments to recap the case and convince the jury to see their side. The jury then deliberates over the evidence and works to come to a conclusion. Depending on the severity of the accident, this can take hours or even days. When a decision is made, the jury shares the verdict with the judge who will present it to you and your attorney. If you win and the other party does not file an appeal, you may recover compensation from your insurance company within 15-40 business days.
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If you have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.