Do I Need to Go to Court After a Car Accident?
There are certain things you have to do after you are in a car accident, but going to court is not necessarily one of them. Each scenario is different, so it is not uncommon for someone to ask “Do I need to go to court after a car accident?”
The truth of the matter is that no one can really answer that until it is either time for a hearing or you learn that there won’t be one. However, there are some situations that do require you to go to court. The difference is that the hearing may not be about the accident itself, but about what you were doing before or during the accident.
Drugs and Alcohol in Car Accidents
When drugs or alcohol are contributing factors in a car accident, you will most likely have to go to court. If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), for example, you will most likely need to go to court and at least enter a plea.
If your lawyer instructs you that you do not have to go to court, then your lawyer may plan to enter the plea on your behalf either privately or in a public courtroom. Otherwise, plan to attend the hearing and either enter a plea or accept your sentencing.
Liability Issues After Car Accidents
When a car accident happens, the courts have to decide who is responsible for it. In some cases, the lawyers and the judge all agree on the same thing and there is never an actual hearing in the courtroom. In other cases, a jury may even be involved to help determine who bears which portion of the responsibility for the accident.
If a jury is involved, you will need to go to court, but you may not have to take the stand. Most car accidents are settled so that you don’t ever have to go to court, but it’s important to have a qualified legal team on your side to guide you through the process until there is a settlement.
Why You Need a Car Accident Lawyer
An experienced lawyer will not only put your mind at ease, but will also help you through the process of completing all of the steps necessary to be in compliance with Texas law. Whether you have to go to court or not, you’ll want to have someone on your side who represents your best interests.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, make sure you have the experienced lawyers of Colley & Colley, LLP on your side. Contact us online or call us toll-free at 1-844-325-9290 for a free case evaluation.