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The vast majority of auto accident cases are settled out of court. Most of the time, it’s fairly clear who is at fault, and the two parties come to an amicable agreement without taking the case to trial. However, particularly complex cases may require the scrutiny afforded by a courtroom trial. Here is a brief overview of what you and your attorney can expect if you cannot settle your auto accident case out of court.
Once negotiations break down, either side may request that the trial be decided by a jury. During the jury selection process, both sides will have the opportunity to ask questions of potential jurors. If any of the potential jurors are suspected of being prejudiced or otherwise biased, they will be dismissed. If neither side requests a jury, the judge will arbitrate.
Once the jury is selected, each side will give their opening statements. The plaintiff—the side that initiates the lawsuit—usually goes first. After the opening statements, both sides present their arguments and evidence. Evidence might include a police report, a doctor’s examination, and photographs of the accident and injuries. If anyone witnessed the incident, they may be asked to testify. Each side will have an opportunity to cross-examine the other side’s witnesses.
Deliberation and Verdict
After the main arguments and closing statements, the judge will give the jury specific instructions on how to proceed with their deliberation. The jury will then discuss the evidence and arguments among themselves in an isolated space. Jury deliberation can last anywhere from an hour to a few days, depending on the complexity of the case. Once the jury has reached a verdict, they will inform the court.
For more information about what to expect during an auto accident trial in Atlanta, call the Law Office of Neil Flit at (678) 809-7428. We take on each case with full knowledge that it could potentially go to court. If you hire our services, we will stand by your side during negotiations and the trial process.
Last updated 9 days ago
As a driver, it’s your responsibility to stay alert and avoid any potential hazards that may appear on the road. However, there’s only so much you can do if a pedestrian runs out in front of you. Auto accidents that involve pedestrians are often fairly complicated, and should be thoroughly examined by auto accident attorneys.
If you strike a pedestrian with your vehicle, you should stop immediately, administer first aid as best you can, and call emergency services. The police and paramedics should arrive shortly to treat the injured pedestrian and evaluate the circumstances surrounding the incident. Be honest with the officer on the scene, but do not admit guilt. The injured pedestrian may file a personal injury claim against you; if that’s the case, you should have an experienced attorney represent you.
Just because pedestrians are more vulnerable than motorists doesn’t mean injured pedestrians should obtain compensation. The Law Office of Neil Flit can examine your case and represent you in court. Call our Atlanta personal injury office at (678) 809-7428 to schedule an appointment.
Last updated 1 month ago
If you are injured during an auto accident that isn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to suffer the financial consequences of that accident. The best way to ensure that you’re fairly compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages is to hire a skilled Atlanta auto accident lawyer. However, you shouldn’t just choose any lawyer. Here are a few tips that will help you select a personal injury lawyer who can adequately represent your interests.
Set Up a Meeting
After finding a potential candidate online, consider setting up a meeting. Meeting an attorney face to face is a great way to determine whether you and the attorney can work together. It will also give you an opportunity to thoroughly discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident.
Ask for References
Just as you would hire a skilled plumber to fix your kitchen sink, so should you hire a skilled lawyer to help you file a personal injury claim. When you sit down for a meeting with a lawyer, ask for a list of references. You might also read past testimonials on the attorney’s website.
Discuss Win-Loss Ratio
The more experience an attorney has, the more likely it is that he’s tried a case similar to yours in the past. It’s not enough to be experienced, however; it’s also important to have a winning record. If your attorney has more wins than losses, there’s a good chance he will achieve a positive result for you.
Ask About Fees
Lastly, it’s important to discuss fees during the initial meeting with your attorney. A good personal injury lawyer should work on contingency, which means he doesn’t get paid until you receive a settlement or favorable judgment.
The Law Office of Neil Flit provides outstanding legal services to victims of auto accidents in the Atlanta area. If you’re looking for a skilled, experienced, and intelligent personal injury attorney, call our Atlanta office at (678) 809-7428.
Last updated 1 month ago
Whenever a car accident occurs, the adrenaline of all those involved goes way up. One of the effects of adrenaline is dulled pain, which is helpful in instances when it’s necessary to run away. After a car accident, however, adrenaline can make you feel unharmed when in fact you have suffered an injury.
It’s common for auto accident injuries to lie dormant for hours or even days. That’s why it’s important to visit a doctor soon after any auto accident—even if you aren’t feeling any pain. Whiplash, which refers to a soft tissue injury in the neck, is one of the most common auto accident injuries. Resist the urge to settle with the other driver immediately after getting into a car crash—you could have a serious injury that hasn’t presented any symptoms yet.
Call The Law Office of Neil Flit at (678) 809-7428 if you believe that you’ve sustained an injury during a recent auto accident. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Georgia is two years, which means you must hire an Atlanta personal injury lawyer and file a lawsuit within two years of the date of your accident.
Last updated 1 month ago
Driving is an inherently dangerous activity. Every year, more than 30,000 Americans die in car crashes. However, the number of fatalities has been going down in recent years thanks to aggressive safety campaigns and advanced vehicle safety features.
This video offers a look at how traffic fatalities have gone down in recent years. Though Americans have more distractions and are driving more than ever, the number of fatalities has decreased largely thanks to safety features like electronic stability control. Previously only available in luxury models, advanced safety features can now be found in affordable vehicles like the Chevy Cruze.
Though safety features can save your life, they may not prevent you from suffering an injury. If you’ve recently been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, consider hiring an Atlanta personal injury attorney. You can call The Law Office of Neil Flit at (678) 809-7428 to set up an appointment.