Why Your Car Accident Lawsuit May Not Go To Trial

If you've been involved in a serious car accident that has resulted in injuries, you're probably speaking to an attorney so that you can file a lawsuit for compensation. Whether it's medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or other forms of monetary compensation, most cases never make their way into the courts system. Instead, the defendant's insurance company will typically try to settle the matter out of court. So why is this more common than actually going before a judge and jury to have a trial? Read on to find out more.

The Worth Of Your Case

Before you even set foot in a courtroom, your attorney and the insurance company probably already have a good idea of what your case is worth in terms of monetary compensation. The insurance adjusters will get as many details as they can from your lawyer, and he or she will work with them to come up with an agreeable number. This number is called a settlement, and it is then paid to you in good faith that it will cover any costs you've incurred or will incur in the future. Experienced auto accident attorneys know what a fair number is once they've gotten all of the details from you, and it's easier for everyone to just settle out of court and give you a final, lump-sum payment.

Trials Are Costly

While every car accident is different and has different details, going to trial can be costly. You'll have to pay your lawyer for research fees and for appearing before the judge or jury. In addition, you will be responsible for your local jurisdiction's court fees which can really add up if you end up having to return to court several times. Initially, you may feel that taking the case to court will help you get the most money for your troubles, but add in the excess fees involved and it could end up costing you more than if you accept a settlement. Avoiding court can also alleviate some of the emotional pain that comes with going to trial.

Agreements Can Be Made

In most cases, you and your lawyer will be able to come up with a final agreement with the defendant's insurance company without taking the case to trial. There will be some negotiations back and forth, but most of the time the two parties should be able to find a number that both parties are happy with. Mediation is another option that can help you determine an agreed upon settlement amount, but you can avoid taking the case through the local courts system. If you've been in a serious car accident, it's always best to contact an attorney so they can go over everything with you and help you get the money you deserve while still being able to avoid a trial. 

For more information, contact Master Weinstein Moyer, P.C. or a similar firm.