Different Parts of a Personal Injury Trial (Part 1)

Different Parts of a Personal Injury Trial (Part 1)

Charlotte NC Auto Accident Lawyer 

There are many components to a successfully personal injury trial. This article discusses the beginning of the trial process, known as jury selection, up until your Charlotte auto accident attorney’s opportunity to present his or her case.

Jury Selection

The first part of any personal injury trial is jury selection. This process, also called voir dire, is the process through which both attorneys question prospective jurors to determine whether they are fit to serve as jurors. An experienced attorney will ask questions that will provide specific information about the juror and will reveal any prejudices that may affect the juror’s opinion about the plaintiff or the defendant.

In some cases, the judge may also examine the jurors to elicit certain key pieces of information that may ultimately affect the outcome of the case.

Opening Statements

Once the jury has been selected, the trial will begin. The jury will enter and sit in the jury box. After a few procedural formalities are accomplished, both your Charlotte auto accident lawyer and defense lawyer will give their opening statements.

The Plaintiff’s Attorney Presents His or Her Case

After the opening statements, your Charlotte auto accident lawyer will begin by examining his or her witnesses; this is called direct examination. The defense is entitled to cross-examine each witness after your attorney has finished each direct examination. After cross-examination, your attorney will have another opportunity to ask additional questions; this is known as re-direct examination of the witness.

Contact the Automobile Accident Law Firm of Bice Law

At Bice Law we can help you determine who we believe to be at fault in the accident. We will look to a number of sources to help you determine liability including but not limited to statements made at the scene by witnesses and parties, the investigating officer’s accident report, and depending on the case, possibly accident reconstruction experts, and highway design or maintenance experts.We serve families across both North and South Carolina. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling 877-BICE-877 or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a auto accident lawyer.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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