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What to expect in a car accident lawsuit

On Behalf of | May 13, 2024 | Car Accidents |

Initiating a car accident lawsuit involves several stages, each with its own complexities and requirements. This task may be overwhelming, especially if you are unfamiliar with the legal process. Knowing what lies ahead can equip you with the knowledge you need as you prepare for the journey toward fair compensation.

Legal consultation

Before diving into the legal process, the first thing you should do is to meet with a personal injury attorney. In this meeting, you will discuss the details of the car accident and any injuries you sustained. Bring any documents that can help your case, like police reports, medical records and photographs of the accident and the injuries you sustained. These papers can significantly help your attorney build a strong case for you.

Filing the lawsuit

If you decide to proceed with your claim, your lawyer will file a complaint on your behalf. This document will outline your legal arguments, the facts of the case, how the other party is at fault and the damages you seek. The person you are suing will receive a copy of the complaint, officially kickstarting the lawsuit.

Discovery phase

After filing the lawsuit, you will enter the discovery phase, where both sides will exchange information related to the case. This might include asking in writing, requesting documents and taking depositions. This phase helps both sides gather the facts and build their case.

Negotiation and trial

Most of the time, after a car accident, the people involved will sort out how much money should be paid without needing a judge. Your lawyer will talk things over with the defendant’s lawyer to get you a fair deal. Settlements can happen at any stage of the lawsuit.

If you cannot agree on a settlement with the other party, your case will go to court. Both sides will present their evidence and arguments. After that, it will be up to a judge or a jury to decide if the other person should pay for your injuries and, if so, how much they owe you.

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be daunting, especially if the event led to serious injuries and considerable disruptions in your life. However, despite this challenging time, it is essential to remember that you have the power to seek justice and compensation for your injuries.

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