What To Expect At Your Car Accident Trial
If your auto accident does not ultimately settle with the insurance company, then your case needs to be tried in court. Most car accident trials follow the same basic flow and procedure. Here are some things you can expect to unfold at your trial.
Once the jury is selected following a process called voir dire, then the jury will be empaneled. The judge will then explain to the jury what the case is about, and he will outline some basic rules the jury is to follow during the course of the trial.
Your car accident attorney will then make an opening statement about the case. Your attorney will give remarks to the jury of what will be presented at trial, and how they should find in your favor at the conclusion of your case. Next, the insurance company’s lawyer will be given his turn to make his opening statement.
Your attorney will then put on his case. This will include calling witnesses to the stand. You will almost certainly be called to the stand to testify by your attorney. Once your testimony is finished the insurance company’s lawyer will then cross-examine you, as well as any other witnesses that are called to the stand by your attorney.
Your attorney will also submit into evidence your medical records and medical bills, photographs to the damage to the vehicles involved in the crash, and other relevant documents. Before your attorney can submit your records and bills into evidence, he must comply with Massachusetts law and send them via certified mail to the insurance company’s lawyer prior to the start of trial. Also, the records and bills must themselves be cerified by the appropriate person.
Next, the insurance company’s lawyer will put on his case. Your attorney will be given the chance to cross-examine any witnesses called by the defense. Once the defense rests, they will then give their closing statement which will summarize how they see the case, and why a defense verdict should issue. Next, your attorney will give his closing statement and will argue that the jury should issue a verdict to you.
The judge will then give the jury very lengthy jury instructions that they must follow, and which will assist them while they deliberate.
Once jury deliberations are finished the jury will inform the judge of its verdict. Once the judge reads the verdict and thanks the jury for its time, the case will be over, unless there is an appeal filed, which is unusual.
Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyer
If you have questions about car accident trials or other matters involving personal injury law, reach out to the Law Office of Christopher Earley today for help.