When involved in a motor vehicle accident, the at-fault driver should compensate you for the pain and suffering experienced. You can either seek compensation from the at-fault driver or the insurance company.
If your insurance company is hesitant to pay you or undervalues your claim, it is within your right to file a car accident lawsuit. Talk to your lawyer if you’re in a car accident that may go to court.
When we feel that the insurance company is undervaluing your claim, we will seek guidance from you to go to court. When we go to court, the court will first select a jury to listen and determine your case. The jury is guided by the law to ensure they are as impartial as possible.
During this stage, we will ask the jury members some questions to know whether they have any biases that might negatively affect your case. If we are satisfied with the chosen jury members, the case can officially begin.
Opening statements create the groundwork for the entire case. Expect the opening statement to last for twenty minutes. If it is a personal injury lawsuit, we can call upon a doctor to testify about the injuries.
The defense team will also make an opening statement stating whether they agree or will defend the charges brought about by the plaintiff.
At this stage, your lawyers will be required to present evidence of your car accident case. If the issue was caused by speeding, your lawyers must convince the jury the accident could not have happened if the defendant drove within the legal speed limit.
The first piece of evidence that you will require is a police crash report. This is an official document showing that, indeed, an accident occurred and that it was due to the defendant’s negligence. Other evidence that we will provide to the jury may be as follows:
- Witness statements
- Video and photographic evidence
- Medical records and hospital bills
- Opinion from experts
At this stage, the defendant’s lawyers will cross-examine our witnesses and try to poke holes in our evidence. After the defendant’s lawyers are done cross-examining witnesses, we will then wait for the jury to decide.
Though laws govern how much you should be paid, a sympathetic jury can award you more damages. This is because they will feel more inclined to punish the defendant and more willing to help you.
Work with an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
The first step of winning a car accident case is ensuring that you have the right evidence. If you have been injured in the accident, you also require medical evidence to prove the injuries were a result of the accident. We have years of experience dealing with car accident cases, so you can rest assured we will ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
You can contact our Lopez & Humphries, PA office by dialing 863-709-8500 or sending us a message via the contact form on the website. You can rest assured that your case will be given top-notch priority when we work together.