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The Discovery Process in Car Accident Cases

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Personal injury and car accident cases are often complex. Many individuals don’t know what to expect so they either avoid the process altogether, or they fail to go through the process in the way that best protects their interests.

An important step for individuals to take is to ensure they have the proper evidence necessary to get through the entire process. This makes the discovery process very important in helping to build a case on the plaintiff’s behalf.

Evidence is crucial to showing fault in auto accident cases. It helps the courts make a decision regarding compensation for the victim. Discovery is the part of the trial that allows each side to bring forth evidence, documents, and reports to share with the other side.

What Happens During the Discovery Process

During discovery, both sides present evidence to the other party that is intended for use for their clients. They can discuss details of the incident, speak with witnesses, share accident reports, medical records, and more.

The discovery process occurs prior to the trial and is actually a point that helps determine the next steps. Should the discovery process yield results that force the defendant’s hand, they may offer a settlement. If the plaintiff feels as though they have a strong case, they may motion to move to trial.

If a settlement is accepted, the plaintiff forfeits their right to continue with a lawsuit. However, if a settlement offer is too low and the plaintiff can seek more for their damages through trial, this should be the next step.

Once discovery ends, the plaintiff has a decision to make. Should the case go to trial, the evidence will be presented to the court. The court makes the decision regarding liability and the amount of compensation available to the plaintiff.

If you have been hurt by negligence in a car accident, our Houston auto accident attorneys at The Daspit Law Firm are here to help. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to guide you through the complex legal system.

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