What to expect during a car accident lawsuit in Florida

Car accidents can be stressful and traumatic experiences, especially if you have been injured. If you decide to file a car accident lawsuit in Florida, it’s important to understand the legal process and what to expect. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect during a car accident lawsuit in Florida.What to expect during a car accident lawsuit in Florida

Filing the Lawsuit

The first step in a car accident lawsuit is filing the lawsuit. Your attorney will file the lawsuit with the court and serve the defendant(s) with a copy of the complaint. The complaint will outline the details of the accident, the injuries sustained, and the damages being sought.

Pretrial Discovery

During the pretrial discovery phase, both parties will gather evidence to build their case. This may include depositions, interrogatories, and requests for the production of documents. Your attorney will use this evidence to support your case and negotiate a settlement.


Before the case goes to trial, the parties may participate in mediation. Mediation is a process where a neutral third-party mediator facilitates a settlement agreement between the parties. Mediation can be a helpful way to resolve a case without going to trial.


If the case is not settled during mediation, it will proceed to trial. During the trial, both parties will present their evidence, and a judge or jury will decide the outcome. Trials can be lengthy and expensive, so it’s important to have an experienced attorney to guide you through the process.


If either party is unhappy with the outcome of the trial, they may appeal the decision. Appeals can be a lengthy process and require additional legal fees. Your attorney will advise you on the likelihood of a successful appeal and the potential costs involved.


If the case is settled at any point during the legal process, the parties will sign a settlement agreement. The settlement agreement will outline the terms of the settlement, including the amount of money being paid to the plaintiff.

Statute of Limitations

In Florida, there is a time limit, known as the statute of limitations, within which you must file a car accident lawsuit. This means that if you do not file your lawsuit within the time limit, you may lose your right to sue. The statute of limitations for car accident lawsuits in Florida is four years from the date of the accident.

It’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after a car accident to ensure that you meet all the necessary deadlines and requirements.


If you are successful in your car accident lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.

Your attorney will work with you to determine the extent of your damages and the appropriate amount of compensation to seek. It’s important to note that Florida has a comparative negligence system, which means that the amount of compensation you receive may be reduced if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident.

Insurance Companies

Insurance companies will likely play a significant role in your car accident lawsuit. They may be responsible for paying damages, defending their insured, or negotiating a settlement. It’s important to have an experienced attorney who can negotiate with insurance companies and protect your rights.

Your Role in the Lawsuit

During a car accident lawsuit, it’s important to be an active participant in the legal process. This may include providing information and evidence to your attorney, attending depositions and hearings, and working with your attorney to negotiate a settlement.

Your attorney will guide you through the legal process and keep you informed of all developments in your case. By being an active participant, you can help ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

A car accident lawsuit in Florida can be a complex and lengthy process. By understanding what to expect and working with an experienced attorney, you can increase your chances of success and receive the compensation you deserve.

At Serrano Law, we have extensive experience helping clients who have been injured in car accidents navigate the legal process in Florida. We can assist you in investigating the accident, gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and preparing for trial if necessary. Our goal is to provide you with the support and guidance you need to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Throughout the legal process, we will communicate with you regularly, keeping you informed of all developments in your case and working closely with you to ensure that your needs are met. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Florida, we’re here to help.