The aftermath of a car accident is often a frustrating experience. Not only do you have to manage with any injuries you may have, but you also have to deal with insurance companies. While most car accident cases can usually settle with the insurance company itself, there are other cases that need to go to court to reach a settlement. When this happens, it is important to know what to expect. To learn more, continue reading below and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance.
Why Would I Go to Trial?
There are two main reasons why a car accident case may need to go to trial: if you and the insurance company are unable to agree about who is at fault or neither of you are satisfied with the composition that was proposed. If the case goes to trial, you are given the opportunity to present evidence that backs up your case. This could lead to more compensation. However, it is important to also remember that there is a chance you can be proven to be at fault and hurt your settlement.
What Does a Car Accident Trial Look Like?
In order for a car accident trial to begin, a panel of jurors must be selected. This is done at random to choose individuals who will not be biased to the case. Once the jury is established, a trial date can be set. To begin, each side will make opening statements to present their argument. Insurance companies generally argue that you should not receive compensation because you were at fault, even partially, for the accident. After opening statements, your attorney can present any evidence that backs up your claim.
To finish the trial, both sides will make closing arguments in an effort to convince the jury of their side. The jury can review the evidence for what may take anywhere from hours to days depending on the severity of the case. Once decided, they will present it to the judge who will give notice to you and your attorney. If you win the case and the other party does not file an appeal, you may begin to receive compensation within 15-40 business days.
Contact our Firm
Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.