What Happens When My Car Accident Case Goes to Trial in New York?

When a car accident happens in the state of New York, it can cause emotional and financial trauma in addition to any physical injuries. This can be seen when dealing with insurance companies in the aftermath of the accident while working to recover compensation for the damages. While most claims are settled with the insurance company, it is always a possibility that a case can go to trial. If it does, it is important to know what to expect out of the process. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a skilled New York personal injury attorney for help with your case.

Why Would I Go to Trial?

There are two reasons why a car accident case may need to go to trial in New York. This can include:

  • You and the insurance company are unable to agree regarding who is at fault for the accident
  • Neither party is satisfied with the compensation that was proposed

When a case goes to trial, you are able to present proof that backs up your case. This may help you receive more compensation. However, it is important to note that there is also a chance you could be proven at fault for the accident. This has the potential to harm your chances at receiving compensation.

What Does a Car Accident Trial Look Like?

A car accident trial can begin after a panel of jurors is selected. This is done by asking a variety of questions that work to eliminate any possible biased jurors from the case. When the trial begins, opening statements take place from each side. This allows the presentation of each argument. Typically, an insurance company will state that you should not have compensation because you were partially at fault for the car accident. Once opening statements are done, your attorney can present the evidence that backs up your claim.

In order for the trial to end, both sides can make their closing arguments. This is done to recap the case and persuade the jury to take your side. The jury will then deliberate over the case in order to reach a decision. Depending on the case, this can take anywhere from just a few hours to days. If you win and the other party does not file an appeal, you may begin recovering compensation. 

Contact our Firm

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.