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After being involved in a car accident, you have the option of filing a lawsuit against the other driver if he or she was responsible or you can file a claim with his or her insurance. Some people choose to go straight to the court, but this might not be the best option in your situation. If you are unsure whether to try to negotiate with the insurance company or go to court, here is what you need to know.
What Could Happen in Court?
Filing a lawsuit against the responsible driver gives you the opportunity to present your case to a judge and jury and potentially get a resolution to your case in a shorter period of time than if you filed a claim. Unfortunately for you, the lawsuit might not give you the result you were expecting.
There are several factors that are beyond your control when you enter the courtroom, but the jury is the one that can have the biggest impact on how successful your case is. You cannot predict the actions of the jury. Even though you might have clear cut evidence that proves your case, there is a possibility that the jury still sides with the other driver.
Even if the jury does side with you, there is no guarantee that you will get the financial relief you are seeking. The jury could decide to award a smaller amount than requested. You could be left having to pay for those accident-related expenses that are not covered by your award.
In addition to worrying about the actions of the jury, you also have to factor in the potential costs of going to trial. Not only will you have to pay court filing fees, but if you hire an attorney, his or her fees need to be covered.
What If You Settle?
For some people, settling is the right move. If the insurance company is willing to negotiate with you, there is a chance that you could get the compensation desired without the worry of going to court.
However, negotiation talks with the insurance company can extend to weeks or even months. If your case involves considerable damages, it can sometimes be even more difficult to negotiate.
There is an upside to settling with the insurance company, though. The chances of you not receiving the agreed upon settlement are relatively small. By contrast, if you win a settlement in court against the responsible driver, there is no guarantee that he or she will be able to pay the awarded amount.
Review your case with an experienced attorney, such as those found at Randall A. Wolff & Associates, Ltd, to determine the best way to receive compensation.