Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How Common Are Car Accident Lawsuits?

The commonality of car accident lawsuits often depends on how many vehicles are on the road in a specific state. Areas that don’t have very good mass transit systems and are large metropolitan areas increase the risk of car accidents, which increases the risk of car accident lawsuits. If you consult a car accident lawyer about your case, they’ll probably inform you that many claims end in settlements before a lawsuit can even be filed.

Advantages of Settling Before Filing a Lawsuit

Before you even think about filing a lawsuit for your car accident, strongly consider settling instead. By settling, you’ll receive your compensation much faster, you won’t have to pay as much in attorney fees, the final decision won’t be up to a jury, and you won’t have to worry about showing up for several legal proceedings. Something else to think about while you’re consulting with car accident lawyers is that if you do file a lawsuit and go to trial you run the risk of not receiving any kind of compensation whatsoever if you lose the trial.

When to File a Lawsuit

While it’s more beneficial for you to settle out of court, you may have no choice but to proceed with filing a lawsuit. This is often the case when an insurance company simply refuses to offer you a fair settlement to compensate you for your injuries, lost wages, pain, and suffering. Your lawyer will need to write up an official legal complaint and file it with the court before making sure that the defendant receives the complaint. Once that’s done, both parties will gather evidence to build their case, which may include bringing in witnesses to testify. The final step of the actual lawsuit will be to go before a judge and jury to decide the outcome of the case.

Even if you decide to file a lawsuit you can still settle as long as a final verdict hasn’t been reached. Speak with a knowledgeable car accident attorney today to explore your best option.

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