For those of you who have not been through a civil jury trial I recommend checking out Miller and Zois, LLC’s links to an entire auto accident jury trial.
According to Miller and Zois, LLC the facts are:
The case deals solely with the question of who was negligent in the car accident. The plaintiff alleged that a tanker-trailer carrying fuel oil cut him off in traffic, causing him to swerve into the adjacent lane, where he was struck from the rear by another vehicle. He filed suit against the owner of the tanker truck and the driver of the vehicle that struck him from the rear. The defendants claimed that plaintiff was responsible for the car accident. The case was tried on the issue of liability only, pursuant to a stipulated verdict agreement.
It’s a great thing to read if for no other reason than to get a feel for what happens. Now it isn’t exactly what will happen in Wisconsin but it’s close enough. Also, because damages are stipulated, the length of the trial is a little shorter than “normal.”
Anyway, if you are an injured victim and considering whether to hire an attorney read the transcript and bring those questions to your attorney. Like I’ve said in earlier posts I really appreciate it when client’s come with questions about the civil litigation process.
In my experience the more a client is “in the know” the happier the client (and lawyer).
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