What Happens When My Car Accident Case Goes to Trial in New York?

What Happens When My Car Accident Case Goes to Trial in New York?

When a person is involved in a car accident, it can cause serious physical trauma. In addition to this, it can also result in emotional and financial difficulties. The aftermath of a car accident usually involves dealing with insurance companies to receive the compensation you deserve. While most cases are usually settled with the company itself, there are many that require going to trial in order to settle and recover rightful compensation. If you are facing these situations, it is important to be aware of what you should expect. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a skilled New York personal injury attorney for help with your case.

Why Would I Go to Trial?

A car accident case may go to trial for two reasons: if you cannot agree with the insurance company regarding fault or neither of you are satisfied with the proposed compensation. On one hand, if your case goes to trial, you are able to present the evidence that backs up your case to a jury in an effort to recover more compensation. On the other hand, there is a possibility that you can be proven to be at fault and hurt your case. 

What Does a Car Accident Trial Look Like?

To begin a car accident trial, a panel of jurors must be selected. This is done at random through a series of relevant questions to prevent any possible biases regarding the case. Once the jury is established, a trial date can be set. The trial begins with opening statements so each side can present their argument. Insurance companies typically argue that you should not receive compensation because you were partially at fault. When opening statements are done, your attorney can present any proof that backs up your claim, such as witness testimony, bystanders, medical professionals, and more. 

To finish the trial, both sides can make their closing arguments to convince the jury of their case. The jury will then review the evidence to make a decision to present to the judge. It is important to know that, depending on the severity of the case, this can take anywhere from hours to days. Once a decision is shared with the judge, they will then present it to you and your attorney. If you win the case and the other party does not file an appeal, you may begin to recover compensation from the insurance company within 15-40 business days. 

Contact our Firm

A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!