Car accidents are not usually synonymous with court trials—and for good reason. The majority of car accident cases will be settled before a lawsuit even gets filed, so there is no reason to attend a court case. Unfortunately, though, there are many instances where a car accident will lead to a court case and those involved will have to attend a trial.
Car accidents that lead to trials often include cases where those involved do not agree on who was at fault, to what extent each was at fault or how much compensation should be awarded. An accident case may also land on a judge’s desk if a victim does not accept the settlement offered to them or if the insurance company does not accept a claim.
More serious reasons an accident will lead to trial is if it involved the use of drugs or drinking, one driver had a suspended license or one or both drivers were not supposed to, able to or allowed to be driving on the roads at that time for any reason.
For many, having to go to court can be worse than the accident itself. Many people are worried about speaking their side of the story to an audience and more so, seeing the other driver face-to-face. For those not at fault for the accident, going to court in person is not required. For many cases, your accident attorney can attend the trial for you and stand up for you on your behalf. If you were badly injured, though, it may be in your interest to come to the trial if possible. Sometimes, a judge is more inclined to throw out an accident case if the victim does not show up, as they are not able to see the extent of their injuries. Speak with your accident attorney to determine the best course of action for your case.
If you do choose to attend the trial, you will be facing the other driver in court. For those who are afraid to see them again, know that you will not be face-to-face during the trial and that once it is over, you likely never have to see them again.
If you were involved in a car accident and have to go to court to fight for your case, you will need an experienced accident attorney on your side. We know what it takes to bring accident cases to trial and get the best results for our clients. For more information about how we can help you, contact us today at 561-750-9191 or visit our website.