Very few personal injury cases go to trial. Your New Haven car accident lawyer understands this. Their goal is to negotiate a settlement of your claim. This way, you get a lump sum right away and don’t have to wait months or years for your case to be resolved.
More than 90% of All Car Accident Lawsuits Settle
It may be hard to believe, but more than 90% of all personal injury lawsuits settle. This is because nobody wants to go to trial. Even the judges will discourage you from going to trial.
They’ll make you attend mediation with the defendant. Their goal is that an objective third party will be able to get both parties to come to terms. The court won’t force you to accept the terms of the mediator.
However, the judge will pressure you to settle. They don’t want to clog up their docket with more cases. Your attorney understands this as well. Just remember they have your best interests at heart. If they encourage you to settle, it’s because they think it’ll be your best possible outcome.
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If You Lose in Court, You Get Nothing
The problem with going to trial is that you might lose. If you lose, you’ll walk away with nothing. All it takes is for a jury to believe you were more at fault than the defendant.
If this happens, they’ll find in favor of the defendant. If the defendant had filed a counterclaim against you, then you could end up owing them money. Rather than risk this happening, it’s a good idea to try to settle the case instead.
The Defendant Wants to Settle as Well
You may be surprised, but the defendant wants to settle as well. Nobody wants to go to trial. Trials are expensive and time-consuming. It can take years to get before a judge. With COVID forcing the courts to shut down last year, the dockets got backed up.
Your case could linger on the judge’s docket until the middle or end of next year. If your case does to before a judge, it can get to be very expensive. Your Connecticut accident lawyer may need to hire expert witnesses to testify on your behalf.
You’ll also have to pay for depositions and court reporters. This can get expensive. If you can avoid it, then it makes sense to avoid it.
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Your Connecticut Accident Lawyer Won’t Force You to Settle
Some accident victims are afraid their Connecticut accident lawyer will force them to settle. If the defendant isn’t offering enough money, they won’t push you into anything. However, if you aren’t sure which way the trial would go, you need to be careful.
There’s no guarantee the defendant will offer you the same settlement later. For example, if they get evidence that shows you’re partially at fault, they may hold off on renewing their offer.
Your Connecticut accident lawyer understands this. That’s why they’ll give you their honest opinion about whether the settlement is fair.
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Call and Talk to a Skilled Connecticut Accident Lawyer Right Away
If you’ve been involved in any kind of motor vehicle accident, you’re in for a long ordeal. If you’re lucky, your insurance claim will be paid right away. If that’s the case, great. However, if your claim is denied, then you may need legal representation.
The best way to make this happen is to call our office and set up a date and time to meet with a Connecticut accident lawyer. Sit down and find out what the future has in store for you. Ideally, your attorney will be able to settle your claim.
If that isn’t possible, then you’ll have no choice but to file a lawsuit. Your attorney will handle all of this for you. Even after they file your complaint, they’ll continue to negotiate a settlement with the defendant.
Call our office today and schedule your free, initial consultation. Meet with one of our seasoned Connecticut accident lawyers and ask any questions you may have. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling cases just like yours.
They’ll give you their honest opinion as to whether you have a case. If you do, they’ll likely be willing to represent you. If your case isn’t strong enough, they may turn the case down. The only way to find out is to schedule your free consultation and move forward.