What are the steps in a car accident lawsuit?

On Behalf of | May 16, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The idea of having to go to court due to a car accident can be as disheartening as the accident itself. However, if you want to ensure that you get all the damages rightfully owed to you under the law, you may have to file a lawsuit and take it to court. 

It may help you to feel better about the situation if you understand more about the process and what will happen in court. 

First steps 

According to ConsumerNotice.org, the process begins when you file a complaint with the court that explains your case. You will then go through the pre-trial process where you may share and receive information about your case with the other party. This process may include motions that challenge things about the case. You will have a chance to answer any motions or challenges. The judge will also make rulings on motions, which may affect your case. 

During this process, you will continue to build your case and gather evidence to prepare for trial. You may also go through mediation to try to reach a settlement before going to court. Many times, a case will settle out of court, which can save you time and money. 

Court process 

If you do not reach a settlement, you will get a court date and have to appear before a judge. The judge will consider all the evidence in the case. He or she will then issue a ruling. The ruling of the court is binding, which means you must accept what it says and do anything the judge orders. 

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