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Dallas 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers2020-08-21T14:12:49-05:00

OVER $1.8 BILLION RECOVERED FOR OUR CLIENTS

CLIENT'S NET RECOVERYCASE TYPEDAMAGE
$151,228,722Medical ProductHeart Damage
$104,479,115Prescription DrugDiabetes
$90,455,399Farming ProductTrade Disruption
$68,055,680Prescription DrugHeart Damage
$60,084,411Prescription DrugInternal Bleeding
$29,224,646Breach of ContractFinancial Loss
$26,923,200Medical ProductSkin Death
$25,384,216Medical ProductBladder Cancer
$19,116,024Breach of Fiduciary DutyFinancial Loss
$17,617,042Breach of Payment ContractFinancial Loss
$16,126,301D&O NegligenceFinancial Loss
$14,280,000Tire FailureQuadriplegia
$13,177,989Sale of Credit ReportsFinancial Loss
$11,991,670Commercial Vehicle AccidentDeath
$10,026,249Tile SealantPulmonary Injury
$9,512,498Chair Causing FireDeath
$9,187,114Industrial AccidentBurn Injury
$9,181,172Fuel System FailureTwo Deaths
$9,146,004Medical ProductCardiac Injury
$8,894,000Tire FailureQuadriplegia
$8,540,000Vehicle CrashworthinessDeath
$8,010,186Fuel System FailureDeath
$7,911,694Fuel System FailureDeath
$7,787,790Tire FailureQuadriplegia
$7,694,750Industrial AccidentDeath

Results above are cumulative total amounts net to clients. Past success does not guarantee future success.

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18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers – Semi Truck – Big Rig in Dallas TX

18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer Dallas

Also known as a tractor trailer, an 18-wheeler is a combination of a semi-trailer and semi-truck. This unit is enormous in size which makes it extremely dangerous on the road. Statistics show that 18 wheelers are among the top causes of road accident injuries along Texas roadways. This is because these rigs lose traction easily and are very difficult to stop or turn over short distances.

Accidents involving 18-wheelers and passenger cars most often result in serious injuries, predominantly to the people in the car. Cars are not built to withstand a collision with an 18-wheeler, which can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. when fully loaded. These tractor trailers can crush smaller vehicles on impact, due to the sheer weight and force.

This puts car occupants at risk of severe injuries such as:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Limb loss
  • TBI(Traumatic brain injuries)
  • Paralysis
  • Broken Bones
  • Burn injuries
  • Even wrongful death

Did you know that five percent of all injuries and 14 percent of fatalities in accidents are caused by 18-wheelers? Trucking accidents account for 50 percent of fatal crashes and 46 percent of injuries in Texas.

If you have suffered from serious injuries or lost your loved one in an 18-wheeler accident, then get in touch with us today. We at Thompson Law LLP, have a wealth of experience in tractor trailer injury cases and extensive knowledge of the trucking industry, which makes us uniquely qualified to provide you with strong and aggressive legal representation to pursue your claim successfully.

Experienced representation is crucial in such cases because trucking companies are backed by large corporations and have their own legal team. In fact, they often conduct their own internal investigation right after the accident, and driver logs that are key evidence may be destroyed to protect their interests. Due to this, 18-wheeler accident victims have very little chance of receiving compensation, unless they have a skilled lawyer standing by their side.

And that is why you should contact our 18-wheeler accident lawyer Dallas immediately. At Thompson Law LLP, we stand ready to represent you and act quickly.

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FAQs

What If the Other Vehicle Was an 18 Wheeler?2018-11-18T21:59:58-06:00

If the other vehicle involved in your crash was an 18 wheeler or another commercial vehicle, call an attorney immediately. Companies who own commercial vehicles and 18 wheelers often have their own team of investigators who will arrive on the scene immediately working on the driver’s defense case. The sooner you involve an attorney of your own, the better your chances are of receiving compensation for your injuries and damages.

What Are Negligent Actions by Drivers of 18 Wheelers and Commercial Vehicles?2018-11-18T22:00:33-06:00

Drivers of 18 wheelers and other commercial vehicles are held to a higher standard of driving. If they neglect to turn on their flashing lights when they’re on the side of the road, don’t move over far enough onto the shoulder, don’t properly secure their cargo, or don’t leave enough clearance when making a left turn, and in many other cases, the driver could be considered negligent. If you want to know if the driver of the 18 wheeler involved in your case was negligent, contact a personal injury attorney.

The Trucking Company Just Called Me About My Accident. Are They Really Trying to Help Me?2018-11-18T22:01:15-06:00

No. They aren’t trying to help you. They’re trying to protect their drivers and reduce their costs. That’s why they have a team of lawyers ready to flock to the scene of any accident. Don’t accept any form of compensation until you talk to your attorney. Most victims of 18 wheeler crashes sustain more injuries than victims of normal crashes, and can receive higher compensation as a result. Don’t let them fool you into accepting a smaller payout for your injuries and damages. Your injuries could require years of medications and surgeries, and the company will try everything to avoid making huge payouts. Call your attorney and let them do the negotiating on your behalf.

Can I have a free consultation about my case?2020-01-23T13:00:51-06:00

Yes! Thompson Law is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free consultations. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, hurt in a slip and fall incident, or otherwise injured from the negligence of another person or party, give us a call any time at 1-800-LION-LAW. We can speak to you over the phone, chat online through our website or social media outlets, or arrange an in-person meeting at your convenience. Our team is ready to help! 

I’ve Been in an Accident With an 18 Wheeler. Who’s Responsible – The Company or The Driver?2020-01-23T12:18:56-06:00

Many times it can be the fault of both the driver and the 18 wheeler company. Truck drivers can be at fault just like any other motorist for failing to follow the rules of the road. However, 18 wheeler companies and their employees have federal laws they are required to follow that govern things like how many consecutive hours of driving are allowableminimum numbers of resting hours between jobs, when and how to do inspections, and so on. Also, the 18 wheeler companies have specific duties and responsibilities regarding training their drivers and supervising their work. When trucking companies refuse to follow standard rules, regulations, and practices regarding the commercial and transportation industry, people can get hurt and companies can be found at fault for contributing to or causing the collision through their irresponsible decisions.  An experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer will know what violations to look for and how to hold both the driver and the company responsible for endangering the motoring public on the roads we all share.  

I’m in the hospital or unable to travel. How do I meet with a lawyer?2020-01-23T13:01:23-06:00

Thompson Law is available 24/7 to provide free consultations and to sign up new clients. We can sign you up over the phone or we can send one of our experienced licensed investigators to meet you at the hospital or at your home if you prefer. Whether you live in Arlington, Ft. Worth, El Paso, McAllen, or even outside of the state of Texas, we are always here to assist you and provide the resources you need at a difficult time. We do the hard work for you so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.  

I was just in an accident. What do I need to do first?2020-01-23T15:44:56-06:00

Being in a wreck, especially on the highway, can be a terrifying experience. Remember these 6 steps to make sure you are safe and to help preserve your legal case right from the start: 

  1. GET SAFE. Stop your vehicle/move it to a safe place if you are able. Stay close to the scene without obstructing traffic. Activate your emergency flashing lights to prevent other cars from striking you. 
  2. CALL 9-1-1. If you are seriously injured, be sure you request an ambulance when you call. A police report may become critical evidence in determining liability in your case. The police will respond to wrecks involving injuries but may not send a unit for cases involving property damage only.  
  3. TAKE PHOTOS. If you are able to safely do so, take photos of your vehicle, the other vehicle (including the license plate), and the surrounding scene of the accident. You will also want to photograph the other driver’s license and insurance card.  
  4. GATHER INFO. After making sure you and passengers are okay, exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver.  
  5. FIND WITNESSES. If there are witnesses to the accident, take down their names and contact information. Their statements may help resolve any liability disputes.  
  6. CALL THOMPSON LAW. The experienced team of attorneys, investigators and paralegals are ready to assist you right away. You can even call us to meet you at the scene of an accident.  
I was a passenger in an accident. Can I still claim damages?2020-01-23T13:01:51-06:00

Yes! Passengers in auto accidents are entitled to make claims for their damages and injuries too.  As a negligence-free passenger, who you make a claim against (one or both drivers and their insurance companies), and what coverages are available (third-party liability, first-party coverages, and/or personal injury protection), depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the car wreck.  Injured passengers should call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law to assist in navigating these complex issues so that they may receive the fair compensation they deserve.    

After an accident, how do my medical expenses and other damages get paid?2020-01-23T13:02:50-06:00

An insurance company will not pay medical expenses or other damages as they come due; rather, after they have accepted liability, the insurance company will make a one-time, lump-sum final payment only at the end of your case.  Dealing with medical expenses, and obtaining the proper medical care, after an accident can be tricky. But it does not have to be! Call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law, who can explain how to deal with the “day-of” hospital bills, how to continue to receive the care you need, and ultimately how to recover an appropriate settlement that takes care of your bills from the incident as well as fair and just compensation for you. 

How long is the case process?2020-01-23T13:03:34-06:00

Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow.  The true answer is: it depends.  We find that most cases settle within 7-10 months from date of incident; but the timeframe in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case.  In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, that process alone can take 1 to 2 years due to the court system and legal process necessary to prepare for trial.  But because so much of the timeline depends on the facts and circumstances of your unique case, call Thompson Law today to discuss. 

Leading Causes for 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents

18-wheeler truck wrecks may occur due to several reasons however, top causes include:

  • Bad judgment of the 18-wheeler truck driver,
  • Speeding
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Mechanical failures
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Defective repair part
  • Poor maintenance

Driving Under the Influence

Truck drivers have the tendency to be deprived of sleep and extremely fatigued due to over scheduling and driving over long distances. Drivers are pressured by their employers to drive non-stop for 24 hours without sleep so that they can reach the destination on time. Even though they know that driving more than the number of hours that are allowed by the FDOT (Federal Department of Transportation) is illegal, they still do it for the money and eventually put their lives and the lives of others at risk.

How We Investigate the Case to Get You Justice and Compensation

It is advisable that you contact us right away after the accident. In this way, we’ll be able to investigate the truck wreck before evidence has been moved or tampered with. Quick actions in such cases are necessary to build a strong case. Therefore, once you hire us, we will send our accident reconstruction expert to the scene to collect evidence, secure measurements and take photographs. Our team will also secure and acquire the data of the truck’s GPS and black box which the insurance adjusters or attorneys of the trucking company often hide or destroy to limit their client’s liability. Furthermore, we’ll send a notice to the responsible trucking company demanding them to preserve and maintain all evidence in post-accident state. We’ll also investigate the licenses and safety record of the trucking company, and then conduct a background check of the truck driver.

Simply put, we’ll do whatever we can to help you get compensated and ensure that justice is served. All work that we do is on contingency basis. This means you only pay us when you receive your compensation. At Thompson Law LLP, our 18-wheeler accident lawyer Dallas evaluates each 18-wheeler accident case thoroughly and in-depth from every angle possible and makes sure that every potential party that may share the blame is identified. In a truck accident, potentially liable parties can include:

  • The person driving the 18-wheeler
  • The trucking company operating the 18-wheeler involved in the accident,
  • The manufacturer (in respect to defective parts)

Road construction companies (failure to notify about the road hazards or defects), and Company for fleet maintenance (failure to maintain the truck appropriately).

Please note that we’ll handle all negotiations and communication on your behalf with the liable party and insurance company so that you can focus on your recovery without any stress or tension.

When you’ve been injured in an accident, if can be difficult to know what to do first. Whatever you do, don’t talk to the trucking company or their insurance provider. It is advisable to avoid interacting with the negligent party on your own. Remember that trucking companies often trick victims into minimizing their claims by distorting facts and negotiating directly with the victims. So, never communicate with them or accept their offer. Just politely ask them to talk to your attorney.

Contact Our 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer Dallas

Call us toll free at 844-308-8180 for a FREE CONSULTATION, or locally at (214) 444-4444. We will review your case and determine the best course of action to fight your legal battle and ensure that you get compensated rightfully for the financial and physical loss incurred.

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