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What is a “trial” in regards to Los Angeles Car accident Cases?

Many people have an idea of what a trial looks like because of popular courtroom dramas
and movies. However, in reality trials are a lot more complicated, time consuming and expensive than what appears on T.V. on in the movies. Because of the complications, extra costs and time consuming nature of trials–they are very rare in Los Angeles car accident cases

People often think that if they file a law suit against a negligent or reckless driver who caused a Los Angeles car accident, they will have to go to court, and go to trial. This is not the case. The fact of the matter is that 90% of car accident cases in California do not go to trial. Instead, these cases are settled out of court before or even after a law suit is filed. Neither the Plaintiff or the Defendant involved in a Los Angeles car accident law suit wants to go forward with trial because of the expense, time and unpredictability involved with taking a case in front of a jury.

Although trials for Los Angeles car accident cases are rare, they do sometimes occur when the parties cannot reach an amicable settlement. Trials are known as “adversarial hearings.” That means that the Plaintiff and Defendant go up against each other to try and resolve the dispute in their favor. There are formal rules and regulations that each side must follow in a trial, including how the procedure of a trial works, the types of evidence presented, the questions that car accident attorneys can and cannot ask witlessness, and how to select a jury. The seasoned Los Angeles car accident lawyers at California Attorney Group have vast trial experience. If you or a loved one has been involved in a Los Angeles car accident, do not hesitate to call our Los Angeles office today toll free at 1-800-337-8547.

If your case is going to trial, the general order of events that you can expect to happen are as follows:
Selecting a Jury:
• This involves attorneys for the Plaintiff and the Defendant interviewing each potential juror, and deciding whether or not they would fairly decide the facts concerning your case.
Opening Statements
• After a jury is selected, the attorney for the Plaintiff and the Defendant will take turns to present the case to the jury in an opening statement. The attorneys will give the jury an introduction as to what the evidence involved in the case will show, and why their client should prevail.
Presenting Witnesses
• Both the Plaintiff’s and Defendant’s attorney will call up witnessess for questioning regarding the facts of the case. Both parties can also cross-examine any witness to try and show that their testimony is less reliable or less credible.
Presenting other evidence
• Other evidence may also be presented to the jury by both the attorneys in the case. Other evidence may include photographs, medical reports, police reports and insurance documents.
Final Arguments & Jury Instructions
• After both the Plaintiff’s and the Defendant’s attorneys have presented all the evidence concerning their case to the jury, both attorneys will be given the opportunity to make final or closing arguments.
• An attorney making a final or closing argument will summarize to the jury all the evidence that has been presented to them, and how the evidence which was presented shows that their client should prevail at trial.
• Once final or closing arguments are over, the attorneys will discuss with the judge, usually outside the presence of the jury, the types of instructions the jury should be presented with in regards to deciding the case they have been presented.
Jury Deliberations
• Once the jury instructions have been solidified by the judge, and attorneys, the Jury will be sequestered to a private room to deliberate how they will decide the case.
• Jury deliberations in a car accident case can take a relativly short time or a long time, depending on the complexity of the facts in the case.
• Unlike criminal trials in California, in civil car accident matters, the jury verdict does not have to be unanimous. Instead there must be agreement by three quarters of the jury.
The Jury Verdict
• Once the jury has concluded their deliberation they will issue a verdict concerning the case.
• The jury will decide all questions of fact that were in dispute in the case, such as who was at fault, how the accident occurred, and the amount of damages the prevailing party is entitled to.

If you have been involved in a car accident in California, and have questions concerning whether your case is going to go to trial, contact our Los Angeles office immediately at 1-800-337-8547. Our friendly and experienced LA car accident attorneys will be happy to guide you through the law involved in your case and work with you to aggressively assert your legal rights.