The short answer is probably not – most car accident cases do not go to trial and will actually end up settling.
Even though most cases don’t go to trial, the attorneys at Donahoe Kearney are comfortable in the courtroom. Because of more than 20 years of experience, we’ve won significant verdicts and are board-certified trial lawyers, so if your case does go to trial, we have the specific experience and knowledge to fight for you and get you what you deserve. Still, the reality is most traffic cases do not go to trial for a variety of reasons that we’ll talk about here.
Honestly, many of our cases settle because we are well-prepared and because we are ready for trial very early in the process, usually at the time we file the lawsuit against the other driver. Being ready for trial acutally helps the settlement process along since it shows the other side that we will do well at trial, and makes the other side worry about their chances at winning in trial - making them want to settle.
From the earliest stages, the insurance company knows we represent people with significant injuries and that we can prove that they were caused by the insurance company’s driver. Even with all this information, sometimes insurance companies are unreasonable and after a year or more of litigation they still do not want to settle. And, that doesn’t bother our clients because we have prepared them all along and they are ready for trial if their case continues in the courtroom.
Another reason car accident cases most likely won't go to trial is because it's just simply too expensive to litigate. Especially if it's a minor accident, many people will want to settle so that they don't spend too much money going to trial only to end up with a smaller award in damages from the Court.
At the negotiation table or in court, we're here for you.
Whether you have to litigate or whether your case settles, you can know that we have the experience and the skill to fight for you in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Call us today at 202-393-3320 if you've been hurt by another driver in the area for a free and confidential consultation.