Most Cases Are Settled Before They Go to Trial

by Jeffrey Travis Roberts on Feb. 11, 2019

Accident & Injury 

Summary: Why most cases will settle before trial.

The vast majority of cases are settled long before they go to trial, especially in most types of accident cases. However, there are times when both sides cannot reach agreement on who is at fault or how much a payout should be despite a lengthy process that encourages this type of dialog. If you find yourself in this position, it generally means you have invested significant time and resources in your case, and it also means the stakes have been raised to the point where you must be sure you have the best possible trial attorney representing you.

What to Look for in a Trial Attorney

If you believe that your case will be a difficult one from the outset, during the process of narrowing your search for the best possible attorney, you will also need to consider how well they perform when they must present a case in front of a judge and jury.

Track record. One of the best indicators that you will be working with a successful attorney is their track record on previous trial cases. Make sure to ask about their success rate, amounts of payouts and other important elements that are applicable to your case.

Experience with your particular type of case. If you are going to trial, you want to make sure the attorney’s experience closely mirrors your particular case. For example, if you have been in a bike accident, you will want an attorney with extensive bike accident trial experience.

Familiarity with local courts. Pre-existing familiarity and relationships with judges and other attorneys is sometimes overlooked, but a vital element that can minimize surprises during a trial.

Communication skills. Part of winning a trial is presentation. You want a trial attorney in Newport Beach who is persuasive, likable, and confident in the courtroom.

Roberts Law Firm serves clients in the California cities of Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana, Irvine, Anaheim, and Riverside as well as serving clients throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties.


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