Most personal injury lawsuits settle before being litigated in court. Those who can settle often reach a resolution that supports their best interests. Usually this means that an auto accident victim will agree that an offered amount of compensation is appropriate given the time, money and risk associated with taking a case to trial.
However, there are a fair number of cases that do end up going to trial. When this happens, car accident victims need to ensure that they understand the rules of evidence and the trial rules, as well as how to use those rules to their advantage.
There are a number of reasons why this is important. To start, being knowledgeable allows an individual to develop a legal strategy that supports his or her claim. It can also allow an individual to competently make and respond to objections. While this can have a critical effect on the outcome of a trial, it can also play an important role if the trial court’s judgement is appealed.
This is because only issues that are objected to during trial can be addressed on appeal. This is known as preserving an issue for appeal. So, if an objection isn’t made, or if it is made inappropriately, then an individual closes off the opportunity for that matter to be reassessed on appeal. A similar analysis applies to the response given when an objection is raised. All of this means that making even one objection, or failing to do so, could completely change the outcome of a case.
Although most people don’t have a full understanding of the legal rules and procedures, competent legal professionals do. These attorneys are also familiar with case law interpretation of such rules and procedures, which helps guide them as they develop legal strategies and arguments in furtherance of a claim. With thorough preparation, car accident victims may be able to significantly increase the likelihood of imposing liability and recovering compensation for the damages unfairly thrust upon them.