Personal Injury

FAQ About Dallas Car Accidents

Do you have a question about your claim?

If you've been in a car accident in Dallas, you probably have a lot of questions. The Dallas car accident lawyers at Tracey Fox & Walters have handled countless car accident cases and can help provide answers for you. If someone's negligence was responsible for what happened, we can help you take action to receive the compensation you are owed.

Here are some of the questions clients have had after an accident. To discuss your case with an experienced Dallas car accident attorney, contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.

Should I still see a doctor after a car accident if I feel OK?

Yes. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to put off receiving medical care. It is very important to get medical attention as soon as possible after an accident. The most important reason is to make sure you haven't been hurt. It is possible to have internal injuries and not even realize it. If you don't get examined and treated, you could suffer complications. Another important reason is to help build a strong case for your personal injury claim. A doctor can document your injuries, which helps establish that you were hurt in the accident.

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Can I still recover damages if I wasn't wearing a seatbelt?

Yes, but it can affect the amount of damages you receive. In Texas, if evidence shows that you were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, this can be deemed contributory negligence. This means you will hold some responsibility for what happened. But if it's determined that the other driver is more than 50% responsible for the accident, you may still be able to recover some damages.

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Should I speak to the other driver's insurance company?

Not until you speak to an experienced attorney. After an accident, you may be contacted by an insurance adjuster from the other driver's insurance company. We advise you not to answer any of their questions, sign any documents, or accept any settlement offer without first talking to a lawyer. The other insurance company can use anything you say to try to limit the amount of compensation you receive. If you speak to them without getting legal advice first, you may be reducing the value of your claim.

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What kind of compensation can I get for my accident?

It depends on the details of your case. If you are injured in a car accident that was another driver's fault, there are many types of damages you may be able to claim. These may include: Medical expenses

  • Vehicle damage
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Impairment
  • Disfigurement

A Dallas car accident lawyer at Tracey Fox & Walters can help determine what damages you are eligible for and fight to maximize your compensation.

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Do I need a lawyer?

If your accident was very minor and nobody was hurt, you may not need an attorney. But if you were injured, an attorney can help protect your rights and make sure you are fairly compensated. You may also want to talk to a lawyer if multiple vehicles were involved or if the other driver is uninsured or underinsured. Even if the accident seems minor, it's always a good idea to get legal advice. Tracey Fox & Walters offers a free case evaluation and can explain your options.

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What should I do if I’ve been in a car accident?

First, call the police – even if the accident is minor. The police will make sure everyone is OK, safely divert traffic and fill out an accident report. Get medical attention, even if you don’t think you are hurt. If you can, gather the names, license numbers, insurance information and contact information of all drivers involved. As soon as possible, write down your account of what happened to help you remember important details. Let your insurance company know you were in an accident. Then contact an attorney to schedule a free consultation.

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