Should I Get A Lawyer For A Car Accident That Was My Fault?

January 27, 2022
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If you've reached this page, then it's likely that you were recently involved in an auto accident. More specifically, one that you believe was your own fault.

So, since you're taking responsibility for the crash, then there's no way that a car accident lawyer can prove useful, right? Not so fast.

Before taking a rushed decision on a matter as critical as seeking legal representation after an incident as serious as a car accident, it's important to understand exactly what legal options are at your disposal.

Determining Fault In Car Accidents

The average resident of Delaware is not too familiar with the specific details of the law. Of course, this is no fault of their own.

Legal code can be not only dense and difficult to understand but also extremely nuanced and detailed, possessing many exceptions and 'special cases.' Lawyers spend years studying the laws of a specific state, much like doctors spend years in residency specializing in a field of medicine. It would be more than unreasonable to expect every driver on the road to understand all of the laws surrounding automotive accidents and, as experienced car accident attorneys ourselves, we can tell you that they're just as exciting and easy to understand as you can imagine, which is to say not at all.

For this reason, it's important not to rush to conclusions regarding fault in auto accidents. Additionally, placing blame on a particular party isn't always a binary decision.

Partial Fault In Accidents

The fault in a car accident case doesn't always rest on a single driver's hands. As the common saying goes, it "takes two to tango."

You may have run a stop sign, but the other driver may also have been driving at an excess of speed or even failed to stop completely. It's also possible that the stop sign was obstructed from view by some unkempt plants which prevented you from noticing it. In many cases, it is possible that both parties had a chance to avoid the collision.

Unfortunately, many drivers tend to commit traffic infractions on a regular basis, whether they realize it or not. It is these same infractions that can have an influence in collisions and can ultimately be found to have at least partial blame in an accident.

Should I Get A Lawyer If A Car Accident Was My Fault?

Even if you are certain that the car accident was your fault, it is still advised that you seek legal insight.

An experienced lawyer will be able to break down your accident step-by-step, and then determine whether you have any potential for compensation. Car accidents can seem simple on the surface, but their repercussions are anything but.

The state of Delaware is a modified comparative fault state. This means that, if one of the drivers is found to have been at least 51% at-fault for the incident, then they are responsible for the incident as a whole. However, calculating these 'percentages' is a complex legal matter. Most drivers on the road today barely remember the questions on their driver's license test, so how can they be expected to calculate their percentage of liability in an accident? Simply put, they're not.

It is in these cases where having an attorney by your side can prove vital. An experienced legal representative has handled similar claims in the past. Not only this, they are also intimately familiar with the relevant legal code, as well as any recent changes that may have been instituted. If recent landmark cases have changed the way in which drivers can file claims and be compensated, they will understand and be able to apply these, too.

Free Accident Consultations

It is as a result of the perplexing nature of car accident law that our car crash lawyers make their services available to accident victims at no cost via free legal consultations. If you were in an accident, they will review your case for free and explain the legal recourses at your disposal. Moreover, we only work on a contingency fee basis which means that if aren't successful in receiving compensation, then you don't owe a dime in legal fees. It's that simple.

Call us today to schedule your free case evaluation. Alternatively, fill out the form on this page and we'll contact you at a time that is more convenient.

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