Car Crash Lawsuit Guide

Personal Injury Lawsuit Guide

The following article will help you understand the process of a lawsuit if you were injured in a car accident because of the other driver’s negligence. When making a claim for personal injury damages in New York, every case is unique, but cases generally follow a pattern.

When you are trying to recover for an injury you are up against behemoth insurance companies who have massive resources and whose bottom line is directly linked to how much they pay out on your claim. The insurance companies train their staff to keep you from getting as much compensation from your case as they can. We are experienced at working with and oftentimes against the insurance adjusters to maximize your settlement.

Attorney David Snyder will help guide you through the process of pursuing your personal injury claim. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Snyder Law Firm at 1-315-451-3040 to speak with an experienced Syracuse New York personal injury lawyer.

Case Evaluation and Evidence Gathering

After you contact the Snyder Law Firm we will work with you to gather the evidence necessary to pursue your claim. We will obtain your medical records, police and accident reports, and site information so that we can prove your case. If possible we will visit the accident scene to investigate and will do what we can to locate witnesses. We may also consult with an accident reconstructionist if the accident is in dispute or if the injuries are severe.

We will thoroughly evaluate your case and give you an honest assessment of whether or not you have a claim, what your case is worth, and how to proceed.

Oftentimes after our initial contact with the insurance company, and the initial exchange of information, the insurance company will want to settle your claim, but if the insurance company won’t settle, we are prepared to file a lawsuit.

The Lawsuit

If we are unable to settle your claim we will begin the actual case by filing the lawsuit.

At this time we will sue the driver who is responsible, by the filing and service of a Summons and Complaint. This step will send a message to the other party’s insurance company and will preserve your case so that the statute of limitation does not expire.


After the complaint, a long period of time called discovery commences. During discovery, both sides exchange information related to the case including the exchange of documents, answering interrogatories, demands for bill of particulars and depositions where the parties give sworn testimony.

During the discovery process pretrial conferences may occur and give the parties the chance to settle your case. If settlement is in your best interest, we will help you make the right decision, and if you shouldn’t settle, we will take your case to trial.


If your case gets this far we will prepare for trial using all of the information we gathered. We will consult with our extensive network of medical experts, accident reconstructionists and economic damage experts to prove your case and maximize your jury verdict.

If a settlement doesn’t take place at the beginning of the case, the case may take several years. But we will be by your side to help you make the important decisions facing you. Call an experienced Syracuse accident lawyer today at 315-451-3040.

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