After a Car Accident

Five Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. · A Personal Injury Law Firm in Dallas, Texas

The actions you take — or fail to take — after a car accident will have a major effect on your ability to collect a fair insurance settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries and lost wages due to the accident.

At the Dallas law firm of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., we wish every car accident victim would take the following steps. If you have additional questions about your legal rights after a car accident in the Dallas area, contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys are committed to achieving a successful outcome in every case we handle.

Call 911 So Police Will Be Sent to the Car Accident Scene

In any serious accident resulting in major property damage or any injuries, call 911 so the police can be dispatched to the scene of the car accident. If anyone is injured, either in your vehicle or in the other vehicle, then you should advise the 911 dispatcher so an ambulance will be dispatched.

Get Medical Treatment for Your Injuries

Obtain treatment for your injuries. If you were not injured, then stay at the scene so you can provide the police officer with information relating to the car accident.

If minor aches turn into lasting symptoms, see a doctor. A physician should evaluate any lasting symptoms that linger for more than a couple of days. Car accident victims who suffer lasting aches and pains sometimes find that those aches are signs of more serious traumas such as brain injuries or back injuries.

If You Are Not Injured, Get Contact Information for Witnesses

Very often, other vehicles will stop at the scene of a car accident to offer assistance. It is helpful if you can get their names and telephone numbers; they may be important witnesses with information about the cause of the car accident.

Contact Your Insurance Company Regarding Vehicle Damage

If your vehicle is not drivable, contact your insurance company. Your car insurance company can arrange for a wrecker service to pick up your vehicle and deliver it to a repair facility. Even if the accident is not your fault, it is still important for you to notify your insurance company because you may need their assistance at some point in time. It is your insurance company’s job to help you. That is the reason you pay car insurance premiums every year.

After a Serious Car Accident, Seek Legal Advice

If you or anyone in your vehicle suffered injuries, you should contact a personal injury attorney to assist you with your financial claim. If no one was injured in the car accident, then your car insurance company can help you to get your vehicle repaired. If you do not have collision coverage, and if the accident is the fault of the other driver, then the other driver’s insurance should pay for repairs to your vehicle.

If the other driver was uninsured, access your uninsured motorist insurance coverage. If you find that your insurance company is unfairly delaying or denying your claims, seek legal advice.

Free Consultation ● Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Today

For many years, the personal injury attorneys of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. have provided quality legal services throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients do not pay any attorneys’ fees unless we succeed on their behalf.

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