How Do Car Accident Court Proceedings Go?
Usually, your case won’t ever make it to court because your lawyer and the insurance company or defense for the at-fault party will come to a settlement agreement during negotiations. When that fails and you have to go to court, things can get even more complicated and stressful.
Your Texas car accident lawyer from the Colley Firm, PC will help you understand every step in our strategy for winning.
When Negotiations Fall Through
After your negotiations prove unsuccessful, you will likely head to court to push for the fair compensation you deserve. During a trial, you’ll try to prove the other person is at fault for your damages, and the defense will try to deflect blame or even turn it around on you.
The general phases of a car accident trial include the following:
- Jury selection
- Opening statements
- Witness testimony and cross-examination
- Closing arguments
- Judge instructs the jury
- Deliberation and verdict
In Texas’ county and district courts, jurors are rejected and selected by the two sides, and they rule on the claims made in your car accident case. The judge will ask those answering a jury duty summons questions to see whether any of them harbor a bias involving issues relevant to the case.
Each party, plaintiff and defendant, is allowed to make statements laying out a summary of its case arguments, along with the facts.
Witness Testimony and Cross-Examination
Evidence is presented to the jury by both sides, including testimony by witnesses and experts in relevant fields.
The plaintiff’s side is generally first to call witnesses. Here’s the breakdown of what comes next.
- The witness is sworn in, vowing to tell the truth.
- Through direct examination, the plaintiff questions the witness to provide the jury with reasons to support a guilty verdict.
- The defense cross-examines the witness with the goal of reducing credibility or providing reasonable doubt.
- Through redirect examination, the plaintiff has a second chance to question the witness.
- This repeats for each witness.
- The plaintiff rests his or her case.
- The defense follows the same pattern of introducing and questioning and the plaintiff gets the same cross-examination opportunities.
- The plaintiff gets to provide a rebuttal against the defense’s evidence and arguments.
- Everyone rests.
Closing arguments are the last chance for the plaintiff and defendant to persuade the jurors to their side.
Judge Instructs the Jury
Before the jury comes to a final decision, the judge provides information about the jurors’ responsibilities, the rules about the deliberating process, and any laws that may be applicable to the case.
Deliberation and Verdict
With no time constraints, the jury discusses the case and ultimately reaches a verdict.
Call Us for Help with Your Car Accident Claim
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