We have all seen movies and television shows depicting dramatic trials involving parties and attorneys arguing in front of captive court audiences. Perhaps because of this common image, many parties to car accident lawsuits are fearful that their case will have to go to trial. While the large majority of car accident cases are able to settle out of court, some cases do have to go to trial so that the injured victim can obtain the full amount of compensation they deserve. The trial process should not be feared, however, as it is generally much less dramatic than you see in the media. The following is a brief overview of what would happen if your car accident case goes to trial:
Jury trials begin with both sides sitting down in a courtroom with a pool or potential jurors to select the specific individuals that will hear and decide your case. Jury selection should always be conducted very carefully with many possible issues in mind. There are also laws and procedures that must be followed. In the end, your goal is to have a jury that will look as favorably upon your situation as possible.
The person who has filed the legal claim has the opportunity to present their opening statements first. Your attorney can outline the evidence to the jury and give them an idea of what to expect in your claims. The attorney for the other party will then get to address the jury with their opening statements, as well.
Your attorney presents your case
Once again, because you filed the claim, you will present supporting evidence for your claims first. Such evidence can include witnesses who saw the accident, experts who analyzed the accident scene, medical professionals who can assets to the severity of your injuries, and even you to tell your version of events directly to the jury. Your attorney can also present any relevant photos, videos, and documents that support your claims. The opposing attorney will have the opportunity to cross-examine any witnesses you call and to try to object to certain pieces of evidence.
The other party challenges your case
The adverse party then has a chance to present their own evidence to try to discount their claims or present any legal defenses. Fortunately, your attorney will have the chance to challenge their evidence through objections and cross-examination of their witnesses.
Both attorneys have one last chance to review the evidence in the case and to make arguments regarding the implications of the evidence. Your lawyer can take this opportunity to persuade the jury why they should find in your favor.
After hearing specific instructions from the judge and deliberating privately, the jury will return a verdict in your case. If the verdict is in favor of your claim, you will be able to recover for your injury-related losses.
Though trial is not a frightening process, it can be complicated and you should always be represented by an experienced attorney at Michigan Injury Lawyers. Call our office today at 313-438-4357 for help.