2 Answers To Common Questions About Car Accident Lawsuits

If you have been involved in a car accident, you may have suffered a serious injury and many financial losses. If the other driver was at fault, you might want to take legal action against this person. This may be your best resource in being able to recover from your accident fully. It's ideal to be prepared for your meeting with your attorney if you're considering filing a lawsuit by being armed with some questions you should have answered.

Question #1: Is the auto accident case strong enough?

Before you go to the trouble or expense of suing another person, you should have confirmation from your attorney that you have a strong case.  You will need to list the details of your accident. Listed below are questions you can expect to be asked:

  1. Was the other driver officially listed on the police report for being at fault?
  2. Do you have a copy of this report?
  3. Do you know if this person was given a ticket? If so, what were the charges?
  4. Were there any other people who may have seen this collision when it happened?
  5. Were you taking any medications or did you have an alcohol the before the accident?

Question #2: What are the stages of civil litigation?

One of the first things you will want to know before pursuing this legal action may be what is involved and the various stages you will have to go through. Listed below are the steps that will occur:

  1. Filing the lawsuit – This will involve your lawyer listing the charges and filing the case at the courthouse.
  2. Getting a response – It is necessary for the defendant to answer the allegations that are made.
  3. Proving your case – The time to provide the required amount of evidence to help win your claim is during the discovery stage. There are four parts to this process, and you will need to answer a number of questions.
  4. Mediation - You will legally be required by the court to attempt to settle the dispute with the defendant outside of the courtroom if possible. This is known as mediation and must be attended.
  5. Final verdict – If your case is not settled at mediation, it will continue to a courtroom where it will a judge or jury will determine the outcome.

It's a great idea to be prepared before you take legal action. By scheduling time to speak to a lawyer like Greenberg Walden & Grossman about your case and what to expect, you can be prepared to file a solid lawsuit.