If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, you may be overwhelmed by the entire experience. There are a lot of unknowns on the road ahead. You may be wondering if you will have to go to trial to seek compensation, but rest assured, it is fairly uncommon for car accident cases to make it all the way to trial.
According to the American Bar Association, most personal injury cases, in general, result from a car accident. More often than slip and fall accidents, dog bites, bicycle wrecks, and many more, car accidents are the most common cause of personal injury cases. Yet, car accident cases rarely go to trial – so why is that?
Going to Trial is Unpredictable
It may come as no surprise that uncertainty is often avoided after such a life-altering event as a car accident. Taking a case to trial can cause delays in compensation and serious stress for the victims involved.
The timeline and logistics of a trial are ever-changing and the finish line is rarely defined. You could find yourself tangled up in the mess of a personal injury trial for years. If there’s one thing about insurance companies, they’ve got the time and resources to resist.
Taking a Case to Trial is Expensive
Along similar lines to being an unpredictable and drawn-out process, this comes at an expense. There are a lot more costs that go into taking a case to trial like expert witness fees, court and deposition costs, and the costs of the investigation. Not to mention, the costs of trial preparation for your attorneys. There is a lot at stake. By taking a case to trial and refusing a settlement offer, l you are risking all other settlement offers made to you. Losing a trial can be a costly mistake.
Not only can trials be risky, you’re also greatly delaying the timeline in which you can receive any form of compensation. This may impose a delay on medical treatments and overall well-being. It is more cost-effective to settle with your insurance company.
A Trial is Unnecessary for Fair Compensation
When you begin working with a skilled Tampa-Based personal injury attorney, the attorney you hire to work your case will inform you of the next steps. You will work together to gather documentation, witness accounts, medical records, and any other information that might be helpful to your case.
Arguably, the most important detail they will discuss with you is that it is in your best interest to work towards a settlement with your insurance company. This will provide you with a more streamlined path to better compensation.
Your attorney will listen to your needs and fight for you to receive adequate compensation. You deserve to move on with your life. Truthfully, at the end of the day, your insurance company would rather settle the case just as much as you.
But when a fair settlement can’t be reached, a trial may be necessary. At Pipas Law, we aren’t afraid to take your case to trial to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been in a car accident and you have questions about seeking a settlement versus going to trial, don’t hesitate to reach out.