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Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents

Honest answers from trusted Texas attorneys

Confused about what to do after your Texas car accident? Friends or family telling you to do one thing – and insurance companies telling you to do something else? Don’t take chances with your future. Get straight answers. Talk to experienced, Texas car accident attorneys who know the law and understand how the legal system works. Contact Tracey & Fox. We can help.

Our legal team has been successfully resolving car accident claims for years throughout the Lone Star State. We have the case results to prove it. That’s why we’re eager to meet with you and answer all your questions about your crash.

Remember, you didn’t do anything wrong. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Talk to a Texas auto accident lawyer who takes your case seriously right from the start. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation right now. Our law firm has offices in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

What is your question?

Should I call the police after my car accident in Texas?

Yes. You should definitely call the police after your auto accident in Texas. When another driver causes your crash, it’s important to have the facts about your crash in support of your car accident claim. One of the best ways to build a strong legal case starts with having an official, accurate police report about your accident. That way, if the other driver later tries to claim you caused the collision, you’ll have the evidence gathered by police and documented in their report.

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Should I talk to the other driver after my car accident?

Yes, but keep your comments brief. Don’t say anything that could later be used to deny your accident claim. Seemingly innocent statements like, “I’m sorry” or “It was my fault” could later be used by the other driver’s insurance company to deny your accident claim. Simply get the most important information from the other driver and wait for the police to arrive. Get the other driver’s:

  • Full name
  • Home address
  • Contact phone number
  • Insurance policy number
  • Car license plate number
  • Make and model of other driver’s car

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How do I make a car accident claim in Texas?

Call your car insurance company. If your car accident was caused by the other driver, make sure to tell them but keep your comments to a minimum. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, your insurance company might try to deny your accident claim. That’s why we advise people to simply tell their insurance company they’ve been in a crash, then to contact our law firm as soon as possible. We can review all the legal options available to you.

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How do I make a car accident claim against another driver?

The first step in the claims process is to contact your car insurance company and tell them you have been in a car accident. In a sense, the process starts the second you step out of your car after your accident. Everything you say or do at the accident scene could affect the outcome of your accident claim. That’s why it always pays to be cautious. Don’t say anything you could regret later or that could be used by insurance companies to deny your accident claim.

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How do I make a claim if rear-ended in a car accident?

If another driver rear-ended your vehicle, you will need to file a claim with your car insurance provider. Your insurance provider will then pursue a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. Many rear-end accident claims are straightforward, but they can be extremely complicated, too. If you don’t have the right evidence to support your claim, you could miss out on full compensation for your accident-related expenses. That’s why it often pays to talk to an attorney after your accident.

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Should I go to a doctor after my car accident?

Yes. Even if you feel fine, you could have a life-threatening internal injury and not even realize it. Your health could be at risk. Even if you don’t have such a serious injury, it’s important to have a record of your injuries and to receive medical care. Your health is important and if you don’t receive treatment, you might have a hard time receiving financial compensation after your accident. Insurance companies want to see documentation that you were actually injured in a crash and that includes medical records.

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How long after my car accident can I go to a doctor?

There is no set time limit on how long after your accident you can go to a doctor for your accident-related injuries. Sometimes, many injury victims don’t realize they’re hurt for days or even weeks after their accident. Feeling sore is normal. The bottom line is it’s important to seek medication attention right away.

If something feels wrong, seek immediate medical attention. Your health and well-being are the most important things after your crash. Plus, having a medical record of your injuries may make it easier to obtain financial compensation for your crash. Documentation of your injuries can be a critical piece of evidence.

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How much will my car accident cost?

The financial toll of a car accident can cover a wide range. Depending on the severity of your injuries and the damage to your vehicle, your accident could be worth thousands or even millions of dollars. Such money often goes towards a wide range of accident-related expenses, including medical bills, lost income, lost future income and home modifications due to a permanent disability sustained in your crash. Every accident is unique -- so is your claim.

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Who pays for my car accident?

In general, it’s the responsibility of the person who caused your crash that compensates you for your accident-related expenses. Often, that’s the insurance company for the at-fault driver. Other parties could be responsible as well, including a car manufacturer if there was a car defect that caused your crash. An experienced attorney at our law firm can review the details of your accident and advise you on the best way to pursue the financial compensation you deserve.

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Should I file a lawsuit after my car accident?

This is a very important decision to consider after your accident. Sometimes, taking legal action is best way to obtain the compensation you deserve after your crash. It isn’t the only way. Sometimes, you and your attorney can negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company and obtain a fair settlement offer. Many insurance companies agree to cooperate after we present them with evidence supporting your claim. If not, we’re prepared to take them to court and file a lawsuit against them on your behalf.

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How do I file a car accident lawsuit in Texas?

The first step is to contact your car insurance company and tell them you have been in a car accident. We also strongly advise you to contact our law firm right away. We can help you with all the paperwork and forms that are often required for filing a lawsuit in Texas after a car accident.

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How long do I have to file a lawsuit for my car accident?

In general, you have two years from the date of your car accident to file a lawsuit or take any other legal action in Texas. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. It is often a good idea to take legal action sooner rather than later. That’s because important evidence needed to support your claim can disappear or be destroyed over time. Without that evidence, you could have a hard time obtaining the financial compensation you deserve.

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Should I hire a lawyer after my car accident?

Yes. We strongly believe having an attorney working with you after your accident can help in many different ways. An attorney can explain all the legal options available to you. They can help you fill out important paperwork, negotiate with insurance companies and help you take legal action against them if they refuse to cooperate. That’s why we want to meet with you as soon as possible. We can be there for you every step of the way after your crash.

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How do I hire a car accident lawyer?

All you have to do is contact us and schedule your free case evaluation. One of our experienced, car accident attorneys can meet with you and answer any questions to might have about your crash. We have offices in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio and if you can’t come to us, we can come to you – in your home, your hospital room or wherever’s convenient for you. You decide.

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