How Long Does a Car Accident Case Take?

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How Long Does a California Car Accident Case Take?

Settling a car accident case takes time. If your case goes to litigation, the process takes even longer. Litigation involves a number of phases that can be slowed down by either party. Civil litigation can involve delays in discovery (which is the process by which we obtain information about your case from the other side), witness availability and the amount of time it takes for each side to prepare for trial. The majority of cases at The May Firm settle prior to litigation. However, if your cases must go to litigation, The May Firm will ensure your case is handled as smoothly as possible.

There is no way to know precisely how long it will take to get your car accident personal injury case resolved. Every case is different, from the day the accident happens to the day the case is officially resolved. The timeline largely depends on whether your case settles before litigation or settles after litigation. If your case settles before litigation, this means the at-fault party initially agrees to a fair dollar amount to compensate you for your injuries. If the at-fault party refuses to initially settle a case for a fair amount, settlement may be reached during the litigation process. The litigation process takes time because there is more legal work involved. If we ultimately have to present your case to a judge or jury, this can even further extend the case process – giving them time to hear all of the facts and deliberate.

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Before trial, witnesses need to be deposed, meaning they have to meet with both attorneys in the case and answer questions under oath. Scheduling depositions can take some time. If The May Firm hires an accident reconstruction expert to assist us on your case, we have to give them time to do their job. Additionally, many court systems in California are struggling to handle way more cases than their courtrooms have the capacity to hear. It might not be possible to get a hearing on the court’s calendar for weeks months. We’ll use this time to prepare and minimize the delays once proceedings start.

Disclaimer: Information on this page is designed for general information purposes only and should not be interpreted as being legal advice or a legal opinion on specific facts or circumstances. You should always consult with an attorney before making a decision about your case. Pages are updated periodically but information provided on this page may not be up to date as circumstances may change over time. Please see our [LEGAL DISCLAIMERS] page for additional legal disclaimers.

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