We are Dover, Delaware car accident attorneys whose passion is winning and settling personal injury cases for people in Kent County and Sussex County, Delaware. From our main offices located on South State Street in Dover, we provide representation in the Superior Courts of Dover and Georgetown in cases involving car accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, DART bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle vs. car and pedestrian vs. car accidents, hit-and-run accidents (yes, you can have a case even if the driver fled and was never identified), and other types of roadway accidents.
If you have been injured in a car accident in downstate Delaware, whether it was in Smyrna or Dover or Camden-Wyoming, you need to get a qualified attorney to assist you from day 1 – or as soon after day 1 as humanly possible. The insurance company employs scores of trained claims adjusters and defense attorneys whose job is to scrutinize your claim, delay your payment, and create confusion and subterfuge. If you want things to move forward and resolve in your favor if you want clarity, if you want your medical bills paid and your lost wages replaced if you want to understand the process, if you want a fair settlement or award, do yourself a favor: Get a Dover, DE personal injury attorney on board as soon as you are able!
Dover, DE Car Accident Attorney
You don’t need to use up your rainy-day fund to connect with a Dover, DE accident attorney. In a lot of other types of cases – not car accident personal injury cases – lawyers will charge a consultation fee. For example, if you call a law firm for help with an employment dispute or if you need an attorney for a divorce case, you may be told there is a consultation fee for the hour that the lawyer will spend talking to you and reviewing your documents. In personal injury cases, we do not charge a consultation fee to meet with you and assess whether you have a case we can handle.
Furthermore, if we take your case, we will offer to handle the case on a Contingency Fee. A contingency fee is an arrangement between you and the lawyer or law firm where the attorney’s fee is conditional on winning or settling the case. So if the lawyer doesn’t win or settle, he or she gets no fee. But if he or she does win or settle your case, then the lawyer takes a percentage of the winnings or settlement.
Free consultations and contingency fees allow all folks to afford to hire a great attorney to represent them in their personal injury cases. The attorney you can afford to hire in your personal injury case is the same attorney that CEOs and doctors and lawyers hire for their cases.
With all that said, here are some tips for a successful case that we have learned from handling thousands of Dover, DE car accident cases over the years:
You have a two-year statute of limitations on the case against the at-fault driver. That means that if you are going to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver or another responsible party, you must file your lawsuit within two years after the date of the accident.
If you were driving or occupying a Delaware registered and insured motor vehicle at the time of your accident, you should be covered by a policy of Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) insurance. This is a type of no-fault insurance. It pays your medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses, and a few other items, without regard to who was at fault in causing the accident. This is a hard concept for a lot of people to grasp: The at-fault driver’s insurance company may not pay your medical bills and lost wages – your own insurance company does it after a Delaware car accident. Don’t struggle too hard with the concept. We agree that it’s weird but it’s the law. Just make sure you give your claim number to all medical treatment providers you see as a result of injuries from your Dover, DE car accident.
If you’re smart, you will get an experienced Delaware personal injury attorney to complete your application for PIP benefits for you. Why do you ask? Because there are sections of the PIP application that can have long-lasting ramifications. For example, if you forget to list a body part that was injured in your car accident, you may not be able to get the insurance company to pay for treatment to that body part. Or if you inaccurately describe how the accident happened, that can be used against you to defeat your claim against the at-fault driver. When you have been seriously injured, when you are taking heavy medication to deal with your pain, that’s absolutely NOT the time to be completing insurance company forms that the insurance claims departments will try to use against you later. Ask for help from an experienced Dover, DE car accident lawyer!
Make sure you get the Driver Information Exchange Form from the police officer. The DIEF is a standard form used by all police agencies in Delaware. It is not the police report, but it usually has the other motorist’s information on it. It also has a reference number that can be used to order a copy of the police report. This is an important document – make sure you provide it to your car accident attorney.
Stay away from the dabblers. There are a lot of attorneys in Dover, DE and surrounding areas who practice a lot of different types of law. If you have a serious injury case or a wrongful death case, please consider connecting with an attorney who focuses their practice on a serious injury or wrongful death claims. The last thing you want in your catastrophic road accident case is an attorney who is doing a will in the morning and a Family Court alimony case in the afternoon. Get someone who handles car accident injury or death cases primarily or exclusively. The attorneys the insurance company hires don’t dabble. That’s for sure! Neither should your attorney.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Dover, DE or surrounding Kent County, or anywhere in Sussex County, DE, please consider contacting our Dover, Delaware law office for a free consultation and case review. We are currently accepting serious injury and wrongful death cases involving car wrecks in Smyrna, Clayton, Cheswold, Dover, Leipsic, Hartly, Marydel, Camden, Felton, Magnolia, Little Creek, Bowers Beach, Frederica, Felton, Harrington, Greenwood, Bridgeville, Seaford, Laurel, Delmar, Milford, Lincoln, Georgetown, Millsboro, Dagsboro, Frankford, Selbyville, and the Delaware beaches: Slaughter Beach, Lewes, Cape Henlopen area, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Long Neck, Ocean View, Bethany Beach, and Fenwick Island.
Dover, DE Car Accident Attorney
In addition, we have several top-flight personal injury attorneys who handle Maryland car accident cases, and from our Dover, DE offices we are able to provide legal services to folks who have suffered personal injuries or wrongful death of a family member in car accidents in Denton, Centerville, Kent Narrows, Church Hill, Rock Hall, Chestertown, Crumpton, Galena, Millington, Sudlersville, Barclay, Goldsboro, etc.