What Happens When Your Case Goes to Court
Personal Injury Trials Can Be Emotionally Draining
A key reason that a fair settlement offer is ideal for victims and families involved in New Mexico car crashes is that the path to receiving compensation is much shorter. By contrast, trials can be extremely long and emotionally draining for everyone involved, especially for families who are seeking justice.
In some cases, personal injury attorneys ultimately take far too much out of the victim’s final settlement due to the lengthy duration of the trial. A qualified New Mexico personal injury lawyer can’t magically bring the case to a close, but they can offer peace of mind by making sure you recover as much as possible for your claim.
Importantly, an experienced lawyer can provide caring and compassionate legal representation that can take the stress off victims and their families during a difficult time.
The Basics of New Mexico Personal Injury Cases
There will be a judge and a jury during a personal injury trial. The judge ensures that the trial continues at a steady pace while providing guidance to the jury on the law and providing input on any evidence and witness testimony.
The duty of the jury is to reach an unbiased verdict, based on the law, using the evidence provided. The jury selection process is a key aspect of the trial. A qualified attorney will help to remove any jurors with a perceived bias that could put your claim and right to compensation in jeopardy. A “perfect jury” doesn’t exist, but your legal representation will ensure that the jurors at trial are able to consider the evidence fairly and reach an unbiased verdict.
Just like on television, lawyers make opening and closing statements at the beginning and end of a trial. As a plaintiff, it is important to know that you will likely be called to the stand to present your side of the story to the jury. There is also a chance that you will be cross-examined by the defendant’s attorney. Your lawyer can help prepare you for these situations, providing you with greater confidence and preparation.
Vehicle Collisions in New Mexico
On average, a crash takes place every 12 minutes on New Mexican roadways. Across the country, there are over 6 million car accidents annually, resulting in 3 million people sustaining serious injuries. Car accidents happen for many reasons, but one of the most common in our state is intoxication and distraction behind the wheel.
Drunk drivers and distracted driving are the leading cause of car accidents in New Mexico. There were 1,037 fatal crashes caused by alcohol in 2015. Whatever the reason, car crashes can result in severe injuries, sometimes even death.
Fighting for the settlement you deserve can be difficult. Fortunately, a trained New Mexico car crash attorney is just a phone call away. At Will Ferguson & Associates, we have an experienced legal team that has recovered more than a quarter of a billion dollars. If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless driver, contact our law offices today at (505) 243-5566.