What to Do Immediately After a Car Accident in Fort Worth

what to do after a car wreck

In the aftermath of a Fort Worth car, truck, or motorcycle accident, it is often difficult to think clearly. Car accident victims suffering from injury or emotional shock may be unable to focus on practical issues, such as building a strong case for insurance claims and injury compensation. However, your immediate actions after a car accident can significantly affect the outcome and the money you may receive.

One of the most important steps to take after an auto, truck, or motorcycle accident in the Fort Worth area is to contact an experienced auto accident attorney. Insurance companies typically offer higher settlements to accident victims with a lawyer; however, not all attorneys have the experience necessary to represent clients in a Fort Worth car wreck.

The Fort Worth car accident lawyers at Tate Law Offices, P.C., are dedicated to helping you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries and accident-related losses. We understand the trauma suffered by Fort Worth car accident victims and will protect your best interests in an insurance claim or lawsuit. Contact us today for a free case review.


Verdicts and Settlements

  • Truck & Motorcycle Accident( Brain & Pelvis Injury ) $6.5 million Settlement
  • Car Accident( Fatality ) $3.7 million Settlement
  • Product Defect( Burn Injury ) $2.2 million Settlement
  • Truck Accident( Spinal Injury ) $1.8 million Settlement
  • Pedestrian Accident( Leg Injury ) $1.5 million Settlement
  • Car Accident( Head Injury ) $350,000 Settlement
  • Car Accident( Back Injury ) $87,000 Settlement
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If you have been involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in Fort Worth,  you should take 6 important actions immediately to maximize the value of your car insurance claim or lawsuit case:

  1. Take pictures and obtain witness contact information — if you have access to a camera, take photographs of both the accident scene and the vehicles involved in the accident. In addition, write down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. This information may be crucial to developing a strong insurance claim or lawsuit case. Also, call us immediately and we can photograph the cars and accident scene for you.
  2. Seek prompt medical attention — it is important to see a qualified medical doctor for treatment of your bodily injuries as soon as possible after your car wreck. This will also provide Texas insurance companies with the necessary documentation of your injuries for an auto insurance claim. We can help you locate a doctor if needed.
  3. Do NOT discuss the accident — do not talk to anyone associated with the insurance company about your case. Texas insurance companies are in the business of avoiding claim payments and they may attempt to twist your statements in order to deny you compensation. Remember, insurance companies make money by not paying claims.
  4. Do NOT sign any accident – related documents — you should not sign any document containing a release of your claims or give a recorded statement to anyone.
  5. Remember the insurance companies are not on your side — the insurance companies are your opponents after a car wreck in the State of Texas. They have teams of highly trained lawyers, adjusters, and investigators and may be working right now to gather facts about your  Fort Worth car wreck in an attempt to deny or minimize the value of your claim.
  6. Contact the experienced Fort Worth car accident attorneys at Tate Law Offices, P.C. — call us for a consultation as quickly as possible. We can greatly strengthen your case by properly preserving the evidence and acquiring witness statements and affidavits. It is imperative that we contact accident witnesses as soon as possible before they forget accident details or the other side’s insurance company contacts them.


We understand the overwhelming issues faced by auto accident victims including pain from bodily injuries, expensive medical treatment, car insurance claim hassles, and the inconvenience of being without a vehicle. Our skilled and compassionate Fort Worth car accident attorneys can alleviate much of your stress after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in Fort Worth. Our professional legal team will:

  • Provide medical referrals for injury treatment and obtain necessary medical records for insurance claims
  • Handle all contact and negotiations with the insurance companies
  • Review and process all insurance claim paperwork
  • Obtain vital evidence to build a strong case, including witness reports and photographs of the accident
  • Assist you in getting your vehicle repaired or replaced
  • Protect your legal rights while aggressively pursuing maximum settlement for your injuries and losses
  • File a lawsuit and try your case in court if necessary


Tate Law Offices, P.C., has successfully handled thousands of car, motorcycle, and truck accident cases in Fort Worth. Our knowledgeable car accident attorneys can help you.

Tate Law Offices, P.C., will provide a NO COST evaluation of your case. In addition, we handle accident cases on a contingency basis – this means you will have no upfront legal costs or fees. We are only paid if we collect a settlement for you. Call us at 888-769-1089 today to discuss your case with one of our expert Fort Worth car accident lawyers.

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.