One of the most common concerns for all my personal injury clients is whether or not they will have to go trial. Truck accident cases are no different. Trials are not only nerve-wracking, but they can take time, money, and an emotional toll. If you’re asking yourself, “Will my truck accident case go to trial?”, read this article and then contact my Austin, Texas office for a free consultation.
Will My Truck Accident Case Go to Trial?
Most cases do not go to trial. However, some cases have to. What I assure all my clients, is you are always the person who gets to decide whether or not we accept a settlement offer or we go to trial. I will advise you, in my role, if I believe a settlement offer is fair or just, but you are always the boss and get to make that final decision. I can also assure you that if we do go to trial, you’ll be very well-prepared and there’s nothing to worry about. Truly, it’s an opportunity to tell your story to a jury of your peers and a judge.
How Long Will a Settlement Take if the Truck Accident Case Goes to Trial?
We got a call from someone who was in the hospital after they’d been in a trucking wreck. They asked how long it was going to take for their case to be resolved. Unfortunately, there isn’t a crystal-clear answer. You will have to complete your medical treatment or get to a point in your medical treatment where we know the extent of your injuries. Once that is known, we submit a demand to the insurance company asking for fair and just compensation for your injuries. If we ask before, then we don’t know what the extent of your injuries are, and they could be worse than we thought.
After the demand is submitted, the insurance company has a deadline in which they have to respond. If they respond with something that we can work with, then we negotiate and we try to resolve your case then. Unfortunately, most of the time that doesn’t happen and we have to file a lawsuit. If we can’t negotiate, we file the lawsuit and serve the defendants. Normally, serving the defendants isn’t a problem, but occasionally people run away from being served lawsuits.
Once the defendant is served, they have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit. When they respond to the lawsuit, they’re almost always represented by an attorney. At that point, we work with that attorney to get a trial date, and then there’s an end in sight. If, for whatever reason, we’re unable to negotiate a fair settlement, we know when we’re going to trial.
Contact Daniel R. Smith, Attorney at Law Today
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a commercial vehicle wreck and have questions about your truck accident case going to trial? Contact our experienced Austin truck accident attorney at The Law Office of Daniel R. Smith today for a free consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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