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Car Accidents

Car Accidents

When choosing an attorney, it is important to remember that when you are involved in a car accident, the full financial impact of your injuries may not be immediately apparent. Some lawyers are interested in settling your case as quickly as possible without taking the time to do the work necessary to maximize your compensation. At Rhoades & Morrow, our process is different. Our priority is to fight aggressively and thoroughly to secure full compensation for your injuries, as well as lost wages and damages, no matter how long it takes.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

Drivers and passengers can take simple actions that will help their case to require compensation for injuries or financial losses:

Call the police and obtain a police report. A police report is an official account of the accident. If you believe the report is incorrect, you must know who completed the report so that we can speak to them. The police report is also used by the insurance company when you file a claim. We will ensure all information about the accident is correct before proceeding with your claim.

Document the accident scene and your injuries. Any pictures or video you can record of the accident scene will make the case easier to prove. We can show that the accident was not your fault, and any images you capture can be used to sway a jury.

Gather eyewitness testimony from the accident scene. Ask for phone numbers and other contact information so witnesses can give a full statement. If you can collect witness testimonies, you can forward the contact information for each witness to our office. The witnesses can give a sworn statement about the accident, and we will use that information to show that you were not at-fault.

Seek medical treatment. Your injuries may not be obvious, but a trained emergency physician will notice any underlying issues that you may not notice until months after the accident. The insurance company or defendant may claim that you are not truly injured if you do not seek immediate medical care. Even if you do not think you are hurt, you must see a doctor.

Seek legal counsel. Contact an expert car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Why Should I Hire an Attorney After My Accident?

It is important for you to seek legal counsel after an accident because the other party’s insurance company will do everything in their power to avoid responsibility for your injuries. They will strive to settle your case for as little compensation as possible. Their proposed settlements may only cover a fraction of the costs you will incur for medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering. We will delay any settlement until we understand how much compensation you truly deserve. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident or a loved one died as a result of a crash, an experienced car accident lawyer can help you in the following ways:

  • Assess the value of your settlement claim
  • Hold negligent parties accountable and work to obtain maximum compensation
  • Explain how and when you can expect to be compensated

If you are dealing with mounting medical expenses, are out of work, or are disabled, these situations can be catastrophic for your family. You need to know how much money you could receive in a settlement and how to proceed. We also help with wrongful death claims if a loved one died in an accident. We will explain the procedure for your claim and collect all the information that is needed. Our team will guide you through the legal process. We will contact medical experts if necessary and investigate the crash thoroughly.

How Will I Be Compensated?

If you or someone you love was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, such as a rollover accident, our experienced attorneys can help. After you are in a serious accident, your life may change completely. Everything may be upended as you seek medical care and wrestle with insurance companies. You may not be able to work, and bills may go unpaid. That is the time to seek legal help. Our attorneys will stand up for your rights, fight your legal battles, and handle the many complicated issues that arise in the aftermath of a motor vehicle crash. You can be compensated for the following expenses after an accident:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Lost companionship
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death of a family member

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

When a loved one dies in a car accident, you can file a wrongful death claim against the driver or entity that caused the accident. Wrongful death claims allow you to recover the following:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Medical expenses incurred prior to the deceased’s passing
  • Lost wages and earning potential
  • Additional expenses related to the death

The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit in Delaware is two years from the date of death. Contact us as soon as possible to prevent any delays in your case. A wrongful death claim can be filed on behalf of the immediate surviving members of the family.

Do Not Speak to the Insurance Company

Do not give the insurance company a recorded account of the accident. You should report the accident to satisfy the terms of your insurance policy, but you should not give the insurance carrier more information than they need. Anything you say could be used to deny you coverage or claim that your injuries are not serious. We will communicate with the insurance company when the time is right, and will present your case to them during a settlement negotiation. If another driver caused your accident, you should not contact them. Any phone calls or letters you receive from the defendant should be forwarded to our office immediately. If your accident was caused by a government vehicle, do not contact them. The government employs lawyers who will try to save as much money as possible.

Who is Liable for My Rideshare Accident?

Rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber have grown in popularity over the years, as the convenience of using an app on your phone to get a ride has become easier than hailing a taxi. The service has become a popular way to get around for many people, especially when they are traveling for business or going out for the evening.

As more people use these services, it increases the likelihood of customers being involved in a car accident while riding in one of these vehicles. It can get complicated if you are injured in a rideshare vehicle, as it might be unclear who you can file a claim against. Rideshare employees use their own personal vehicle, although they are required to carry a personal auto insurance policy with the company offering supplemental insurance to cover those injured in an accident.

If you are injured in a rideshare accident, there are multiple parties who could be held liable, including your rideshare driver, another at-fault driver, or an outside entity altogether. The latter could be the case if a faulty auto part or road conditions were the cause of your accident. If you are unsure of how to handle the situation, consult with a lawyer who can provide legal guidance.

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Injured Car Accident Victims

At Rhoades & Morrow, we help our clients obtain the maximum compensation possible after an accident. Our Wilmington car accident lawyers are known for providing focused, results-oriented legal representation to injury victims. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including Middletown, Dover, Milford, Hillsborough, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford. Contact us online for a free consultation or call us at 302-427-9500.


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