Serious truck accidents are a common occurrence on the roadways of Virginia. When these happen, property can be destroyed as well as lives. Those who survive may be left with serious health issues and permanent disabilities. As such, they often lead to lawsuits. Many people considering such a lawsuit may be curious about how one would proceed.
Timeframe for a lawsuit
How long a trucking accident case lasts will vary depending on the circumstances. In general, most cases tend to go on for several months if not an entire year. In certain cases, it can take more than a year for the entire process to complete if it goes to trial.
Truck lawsuit length factors
Factors that play into how long it will last include:
- how many people were involved in the accident
- whether or not a trucking company or other business is involved
- who’s at fault for the accidents
- the severity of the injuries that were incurred
- how willing the other side is to settle or to take part in the legal process
- the insurance used by the different parties
There is a lot that can determine how the timeline of motor vehicle lawsuits proceeds. One of the biggest factors is whether or not the other side wants to settle. If you are suing a company, the chances of settling may be higher. Businesses don’t like the bad press that tends to come out of long lawsuits and probably want to avoid the discovery phase of a lawsuit.
Individuals, however, may be more willing to take the case to court and fight it out in front of a judge and jury. In that case, expect a very lengthy process. If you win, it may also be a long time before payment is received.