Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Anchorage, AK - Feb 21, 2017 - Most car accident claims are settled successfully without a lawsuit ever being filed. However, if attempts at resolution fail, a trial may provide the only possible resolution to your car accident claim. To gain more insight into car accident trials, comments were given by an attorney and spokesman from the Crowson Law Group.
The spokesman stated, “a trial as part of civil proceedings is the result of court based proceedings in a personal injury lawsuit. Parties to a dispute present evidence to a court that has the authority to hear the claim and to enter the final judgement. With respect to a car accident in Anchorage, a trial can be tried by a judge, which is called a bench trial, or by a jury, which is called a jury trial.”
What evidence is to be presented at a trial? To this, the spokesperson responded that, “both sides have the opportunity to present evidence. The plaintiff has the burden of proof which means that the plaintiff must prove his or her case. The plaintiff will thus need to convince the jury or judge that the defendant was negligent and that this negligence was the cause of the accident and the plaintiff’s injuries. In order to establish that the defendant caused the accident, the plaintiff may present evidence in the form of testimony. This can be from the plaintiff him/herself, witnesses to the accident or anyone else. Also, the evidence relating to the plaintiff’s injuries can be from medical treatment and damages. This evidence is presented from medical records and bills and testimony of medical experts.”
The spokesman added that the most important witness was the plaintiff as he or she will testify as to the cause of the accident, the injuries sustained and any pain and suffering they endure. Thereafter, the defendant will have an opportunity to cross examine the plaintiff and his or her witnesses.
After the plaintiff has presented his or her case, the defendant has the opportunity to present his or her side. The defendant may try to establish the existence of any relevant defenses, like stating that the plaintiff was also at fault in causing the accident. The defendant may also present his own expert witnesses to show that the plaintiff’s injuries are not as severe as the plaintiff claims or were not sustained or caused by the accident.
A trial as part of civil proceedings is the result of court based proceedings in a personal injury lawsuit. Parties to a dispute present evidence to a court that has the authority to hear the claim and to enter the final judgement. With respect to a car accident in Anchorage, a trial can be tried by a judge, which is called a bench trial, or by a jury, which is called a jury trial.
After both sides have finished presenting their cases, each has to give closing arguments. The closing arguments give each side the opportunity to address the jury directly and to sum up the evidence presented and to make a request for judgment in their favor. The plaintiff and/or defendant may be represented by an Anchorage attorney with the experience of handling car accident trials in Alaska.
Thereafter, in jury trials, the jury deliberates and reaches a verdict which is presented to the judge. In bench trials, the judge weighs the evidence and the cases presented and makes a verdict.
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