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

When a person is involved in a car accident, it does not only result in physical trauma, but emotional and financial as well. This can be seen in dealing with insurance companies in the aftermath of the accident as you work to receive compensation for the damages. While many claims are settled with the insurance company, it is possible that the case may go to court. In the event that it does, it is important to know what to expect. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a skilled New Jersey personal injury attorney for help with your case.

Why Would I Go to Trial?

Car accident cases tend to go to trial for two main reasons: you do not agree with the insurance company about fault or neither party is happy with the proposed compensation. If a case goes to trial, you are able to present evidence that can back up your claim to potentially receive more compensation. However, there is also a chance you can be proven to be at fault for the accident and harm your claim to compensation in the process.

What Does a Car Accident Trial Look Like?

A car accident trial begins with a selection of jurors for the case. This is done by asking relevant questions in order to prevent any biases to choose individuals who suit the case. When the jury is chosen, a trial date can be set. The trial itself will begin with opening statements so that each side can present their argument. Generally, insurance companies argue that you should not receive compensation because you were partially at fault for the accident. After opening statements, your attorney will present the evidence that backs up your claim.

At the end of the trial, both sides will make closing arguments in an effort to convince the jury of their side. The jury will review the evidence to come to a conclusion. This can take anywhere from hours to days depending on the severity of the case. Once a decision is shared with the judge, it can be presented to you and your attorney. If you win and the other party does not file an appeal, you may begin recovering compensation within 15-40 business days. 

Contact our Firm

We understand the implications of a serious accident. If you believe you were injured due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm. We are more than willing to help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Our personal injury specialists at Greenberg & Walden, LLC are standing by for a free initial consultation. Call us at 201-528-6928.

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