The following is an overview of the stages of a car accident case.
Hiring a lawyer: Hiring a car accident lawyer is the first step in the legal process. Once you have hired a lawyer, he or she can help you with every aspect of the case.
Making a demand: Your lawyer will send out a demand letter to the at-fault party and his or her representative.
Negotiation and settlement: After the demand letter is sent, your lawyer will attempt to negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf.
Filing a lawsuit: If a settlement cannot be reached between you and the at-fault party, your lawyer will then file a lawsuit with the appropriate court.
Fact finding and discovery: After a lawsuit has been filed, your lawyer will start investigating the facts of the case. This may involve collecting evidence such as police reports, witness statements and medical records.
Summary judgement: If your lawyer believes that the evidence you have collected proves your point and supports your request for compensation, he or she will file a motion for summary judgment. If your motion for summary judgment is denied, your case will proceed to trial.
Trial: During trial, the jury will make the final decision about who was at fault and how much compensation should be awarded to the victim.