Do I have to appear in court if I file a car accident claim?

After a car accident, victims have a lot of decisions to make, including whether to pursue a legal claim against the person responsible for their injuries. Victims may hesitate to file a claim because they’re unsure of their rights, they fear legal action will be expensive or time- consuming, and, in some cases, they worry about appearing in court.  Appearing in court for a personal injury claim

Settling an Alabama Injury Claim Outside of Court

If you are an accident victim apprehensive about navigating the legal system, there’s some good news. In the U.S., the vast majority of car accident injury claims are settled before they go to court. In most cases, the injury victim and the at-fault driver (or typically his insurance company) are able to reach an agreement on a fair settlement and avoid appearing before a judge. Going to court can be unpredictable and uncertain for both sides, so it is usually in everyone’s best interest to reach a compromise.

When a Settlement Agreement Isn’t Possible

In some cases, reaching a settlement agreement may not be possible. This typically happens when the two sides disagree on who is at fault for the accident or how much compensation is appropriate. In Alabama, the rules about fault are extremely strict, and the at-fault driver may be looking to shift some of the blame in an attempt to avoid payment.

At these times, however, an experienced personal injury attorney can help victims feel confident about going to trial by:

  • Fully explaining the legal process and what to expect inside the courtroom
  • Reviewing specific information pertaining to the case and questions that may be asked
  • Standing up in court alongside accident victims

Contact an Experienced Alabama Attorney About Your Claim

If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a car accident in Alabama, talk to us about a possible claim. At Lattof & Lattof, PC, our legal team is here to provide effective, compassionate counsel for Alabama accident victims. We know that the time after an accident can be painful and uncertain, and we have helped many victims get the peace of mind and the compensation they need to move forward. Call our Mobile office today, or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to get in touch with a member of our team.