Will I have to appear in court for my car accident case?

victim giving testimony in a car accident caseThere are plenty of stressors after a car accident. The physical pain from injury, the emotional turmoil of the accident itself, the financial pressure from missed work and medical bills, and more take up enough of your time. Many accident victims are understandably hesitant to add the uncertainty and stress of a legal case to their lives, especially if it means having to testify in court. So, will you have to appear before a judge and jury if you file a car accident claim?

Most Accident Victims Do Not Appear in Court

While every accident scenario is unique, most accident victims do not have to appear in court. Many accident claims are settled before the case reaches the trial phase of the legal system. This means that the insurance company for the at-fault driver will negotiate with the victim or the victim’s lawyer. They may make an offer for compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, property damage, future medical bills, and much more. Often, the sides are able to reach an agreement without the courts intervening. While this is a legal process and the decisions made are legally binding, it is not necessary for the accident victim to appear in court.

When You Do Have to Testify, an Experienced Attorney Can Help

There are times, however, when it is necessary for a victim to testify in court. If the case goes to trial, it can be important for the judge and/or jury to hear directly from the victim, so they can better understand:

  • The circumstances of the accident. The defense will certainly provide their version of events to the court, and it’s important for the victim’s story to be told as well. There is no one better suited to do so than you.
  • The nature of the victim’s injuries. While medical records and care provider testimony is valuable, only you can fully explain how the car accident injuries have impacted your life and the lives of those you love. Personal testimony can help others understand the true consequences of the accident.

When the time comes to appear in court, however, an experienced attorney can help accident victims feel confident. Attorney Ben Crittenden has helped many Alaska clients understand the legal system and prepare for questions that may be asked. Ben is there to appear alongside his clients to make sure their rights are protected. He has stood up for his clients many times, and he can help provide the knowledge and confidence you need to be as successful as possible.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a car accident, you may be eligible to file a claim. Even if you aren’t sure if you have a case or you are worried about navigating the legal system, contact Ben today to learn more about your options. Call his Anchorage office or take a moment to fill out the form on this page to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.