How Not to Jeopardize Your Auto Accident Case in Delaware
Protecting the rights of our clients who have been injured in accidents in Wilmington, Newark and Seaford and beyond
The days and weeks following a car accident might feel a bit chaotic for you. With doctor visits, getting your car repaired, and dealing with the insurance company, you are likely doing many things that you have never done before. However, when you are in the midst of filing a claim from your insurance company to cover your property damage, your medical expenses and lost time at work, there are a few mistakes that you could make inadvertently that could jeopardize your auto accident case.
The Delaware auto accident lawyers at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman can’t think of many situations more stressful than being a victim of an auto accident. Our goal is to file your auto accident lawsuit and obtain financial compensation for your injuries. Although we will adeptly handle the legal aspects of your case, there are some things you should not do because they could negatively impact your auto accident case.
Avoid these mistakes after a car crash
We know that most car crash victims don’t know much about the law, and the days following a car accident can be pretty challenging. But with more than 100 years of combined experience, we can say with authority that certain actions can jeopardize your claim – even if you think what you’re doing is for the best. You should make every effort to avoid doing any of the following:
- Do not relocate your car after an accident unless you are instructed to by a police officer or you or someone else is in danger.
- Do not hesitate to take pictures at the scene of your injuries, the damage to the vehicles and their position on the road before anything gets moved.
- Do not leave the scene of the accident unless a police officer gives you permission.
- Do not wait for a police officer or emergency medical vehicle in a dangerous area. If you sustain more injuries it will difficult to ascertain which ones were derived from the auto accident.
- Do not discard anything that could be considered evidence in your case, including ripped or bloody clothes or broken car parts.
- Do not postpone seeing your doctor and getting examined after the accident.
- Do not talk to anyone about the case using language implying fault, negligence or liability – and don’t apologize for anything. If you do speak to the other party or potential witness, or even the police officer, use very matter-of-fact, business-like and objective language and tone of voice.
- Do not post pictures of the accident to social media, and do not comment about the accident, your injuries, who was at fault or any other details about the accident.
- Do not speak to any insurance company representative or record a statement, even for your own company, without consulting with your attorney first.
- Do not withhold any information about the case from your attorney. If the other side finds out this information before your attorney does you will ruin your chances for the best possible outcome.
Finally, do not make the mistake of thinking that you will not be able to afford a Delaware personal injury attorney to represent you. There is always an experienced auto accident lawyer at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman who is ready to fight for your rights. You never have to worry about paying us up front because we accept cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not pay any attorney fees until we have successfully won compensation for you.
Schedule a consultation with our skilled auto accident attorneys today
The Delaware auto accident lawyers at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman know there aren’t too many situations more stressful than being in a car crash, especially one that caused you harm. Serious injuries can impact your daily life and even keep you away from your job and other activities in your life. Our goal is to file your auto accident lawsuit and work toward obtaining substantial financial compensation for your injuries. Please call 302-888-2900 or simply fill out our contact form to make an appointment at one of our offices in Wilmington, Newark or Seaford.