How Long Does a Car Accident Trial Last?


If you have been dealing with the claims process for a car accident and are wondering if you should take the insurance company to court, you are likely wondering how long the process is going to last. Although there is no simple answer to that question, your best bet for expediting the process is by working with an experienced personal injury and car accident attorney. 1800-Injured connects victims of car accident injuries with attorneys with a simple, trustworthy network meant to connect you with the right lawyer for your case.

Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the work you have already done, you and your attorney may decide that the most appropriate steps to take at first are dealing with negotiations directly with the insurance company. Negotiations for a settlement agreement can mean that there is less time and work that goes into getting you the damages that you rightfully deserve, so oftentimes you and your attorney will decide that a lower amount is acceptable. However, when you and your personal injury attorney have decided to quit attempting negotiations and go into a full lawsuit with a trial, it is probably no stretch to imagine that you are wondering when this process will finally come to an end.

Read more below about car accident trial lengths, and contact us as soon as possible for an initial consultation and to learn about how we will get you connected with the best attorney for your situation. The sooner you are working with an attorney, the sooner you will be able to take aggressive steps towards getting this process finished and put behind you.

Is a Trial Always Necessary After a Car Accident With Serious Injuries?

There is no law that says you are required to take a claims process to court for a full lawsuit. If your first step is to attempt to negotiate with the insurance company and you are able to reach a fair and equitable settlement amount, then you can agree to that settlement and end the process. However, due to the abstract nature of non-economic damages, there is often a level of disagreement during negotiations that may force you and your attorney to either accept a lower settlement than you deserve (which is worst-case scenario) or decide to move into a full lawsuit.

Really, the decision about whether or not to go to trial after a serious car accident should be up to you and your car accident attorney after a long process of understanding your financial situation, your injuries, and the likelihood that you will be able to collect substantial damages if you make the choice to file a lawsuit. When you have made the decision to move forward with your case, it is at this point that you and your attorney will be able to work through a plan and get a better idea of how long to expect the case to go.

Is There a Time Limit For How Long Personal Injury Cases Last?

There is no limitation to how long a case can go once it has begun. The most important thing that you need to be mindful of is that there is a statute of limitation in Florida for personal injury cases. In order to ensure that you have the legal right to pursue compensation in the form of a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to file your case within 4 years of the accident. If you have been working with a personal injury attorney that you connected with through 1800-Injured as soon as possible after your accident, you will not need to worry about this statute because you have been so proactive.

Once the trial begins for your personal injury lawsuit in the Broward County Courts, some cases can be “open and shut,” meaning that the judge looks at the evidence and makes a decision very quickly. In other cases, there may be a lot of legal gray area that needs to be unraveled in order to make a fair and equitable ruling about how much money is awarded to the victim, and for what types of damages the money is given for. As mentioned above, it is generally things like non-economic damages that are met with the most disagreement because of their abstract nature. 

Contact 1800-Injured Today To Start The Process As Soon As Possible

No matter how long a car accident trial lasts, the first step is to begin the process of collecting the money that you deserve. This starts with getting the right attorney for your case, which we are confident that our network and referral system will be able to do for you.