From Jury Selection to the Verdict
Most of the time when someone is involved in a car accident, the claim that occurs with insurance is resolved before the case goes to trial. While many lawyers will try and settle the claim before the case goes to trial, there are some instances where details in the case conflict with one another and the case must go to trial.
There are some things that should be expected when a car accident case goes to trial:
- Jury selection. In a car accident case, a jury will decide the key issues of the case. The jury must be selected to ensure they don't have any biases or preconceived notions about the case.
- Opening statements. Each side will make an opening statement once the jury has been selected. The plaintiff will go first since they must prove the allegations in the case. This serves to show what each side intends to prove during the course of the trial.
- Plaintiff's presentation of evidence. The plaintiff will present their evidence and call witnesses before the defense does. This gives them the opportunity to outline the issues and what they are proving.
- Defense's presentation of evidence. The plaintiff will provide all the necessary evidence and witness testimony that they need in order to prove their case before turning the floor over to the defense. The defense will show evidence and call witnesses that support their side of the claim.
- Closing arguments. Once all of the evidence has been presented to a jury, each attorney has the opportunity to address the evidence that was presented by each side. This allows the jury to draw certain conclusions from the presented evidence and determine how they will choose to resolve the trial.
- Jury deliberations. The jury will separate themselves from the courtroom and take time to deliberate the evidence and details of the case. No one is privy to the conversation that occurs by the jury.
- Verdict. After hearing the evidence and discussing the case amongst themselves, the just will decide the guilt of each party and submit this to official court record.
While many cases take only a few days to decide from picking the jury to reaching a verdict, there are some instances where cases take longer since the details of the case are so complex.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident that you are seeking to take to trial, be sure to have the seasoned legal counsel of The Watkin Law Office, PC by your side. With over 35 years of experience with a variety of personal injury cases, our firm can work with you for the best possible outcome for your case. Call today!