Every year in the United States, there are roughly six million car accidents. While common, a car accident can cause significant property damage to your vehicle and severe injury to your body. If you’ve suffered from an injury from an accident, odds are you’ve decided to take your case to court with help from car accident attorneys.
However, before you can argue your case in the courtroom and aim to receive full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages, you need first to know whether you are properly prepared. The following questions will ensure that you are not only prepared to state your case, but prepared to win it.
Are all of your forms in order?
Before you can begin a court case, it is important that all of your legal documents and forms are in order and have been filled out correctly. During the litigation process you will find there is a lot of paperwork to do. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, filing a complaint, serving the complaint on the proper parties, engaging in oral and written discovery, filing any necessary motions, and, of course, preparing a trial brief. Be aware that each judge may have his or her own particular forms or documents you need to use as models during the lawsuit.
Do you have your evidence?
In order to effectively and efficiently argue any case in the court of law, it is essential that you develop the liability and medical evidence in your matter. This includes any medical documentation regarding your injuries caused by the car accident, any financial documents that resulted from the car accident, photographs of the accident and damage, photographs of your sustained injuries, etc.
Do you have witnesses?
Any witnesses to the car accident are important in arguing your case. If you are going to bring these witnesses in front of a judge or jury it is likely that your opponent will want to know something about the information they are anticipated to testify about. This may mean these witnesses will have to sit for a deposition (sworn testimony under oath before a court reporter).
Do you have a personal injury attorney?
While a personal injury attorney is not be a requirement when it comes to taking your car accident claim to court, they can certainly benefit your case and offer legal advice you may not be aware of. The legal process of filing your claim as well as arguing it in court and being unsure if you have everything that you need can be overwhelming. A personal injury attorney can assist you throughout the entire process. Additionally, a personal injury attorney is more experienced in court and may know what evidence provided by the defense may have been improperly obtained and what has not. They also know how to properly gauge the range of financial value of your case in the jurisdiction and venue where the lawsuit is pending.
Before taking your car accident case to court, be sure that you are well-prepared to argue your case with the proper documentation and evidence. It is strongly recommended that you consult a law firm for legal assistance for the best opportunity to win your case and receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.