If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an auto accident due to the negligence of another driver, the Beaumont accident lawyers at Thompson Law may be able to help. Under Texas law, drivers owe a duty of care to each other to drive in a manner that will not endanger their fellow motorists. Our accident attorneys know the devastating consequences injured motorists face when drivers breach that duty and cause a motor vehicle collision.
You do not have to face the aftermath of a motor vehicle crash alone. The Beaumont accident lawyers at Thompson Law can help take the burden off your shoulders so you can focus on getting better. Our injury lawyers can help you understand your legal rights, file a personal injury claim, establish liability, work to find appropriate medical care, and present the damages you are entitled to seek compensation for under Texas law.
If the auto insurance company is reasonable, we can usually obtain a settlement without filing a lawsuit. However, if the insurance company does not want to pay, our law firm has an in-house litigation team ready to take them all the way to court. Our Beaumont accident lawyers have a long history of fighting the insurance companies to obtain excellent results for our clients. Thompson Law obtained 34 of the top 100 personal injury settlements in Texas in 2022, and our accident injury attorneys stand ready to help you and your family, too.
Call us today for a FREE, NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION. Let Thompson Law help you obtain the cash you need to recover from your accident injuries so you can move on with your life.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) collects crash report data from every accident in the state in its Crash Records Information System (CRIS) database. From that database, TxDOT produces an annual Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics report. For 2022, the Beaumont Police Department reported 3,451 motor vehicle crashes leading to:
Since Beaumont residents often drive outside the city limits, our Beaumont accident lawyers also looked at figures for the broader Jefferson County area. In all of Jefferson County in 2022, there were 6,360 motor vehicle crashes leading to:
When a motor vehicle crash occurs and the police respond, they cite factors which they believe contributed to the accident on the crash report. Every crash report contains a minimum of one contributing factor, and some may contain multiple contributing factors to a crash.
For example, if the at-fault driver was intoxicated and ran a stop sign, the crash report would list in box 36 both “67 = Under Influence – Alcohol” and “35 = Failed to Yield ROW – Stop Sign” as contributing factors on the crash report (see Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report Code Sheet for a list of contributing factors).
More than two out of every three motor vehicle collisions resulted from the top four contributing factors cited on Beaumont police reports. The most common causes of car accidents reported by the Beaumont Police Department in 2022 were, in order of highest incidence:
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Beaumont by the negligence of another driver, contact Thompson Law today for a FREE CASE REVIEW.
Although many accidents are unavoidable for the innocent victims involved, knowing the most dangerous areas for crashes can help drivers be more vigilant. Our Beaumont lawyers gathered the facts from TxDOT’s database to map out areas with high densities of accidents, so Beaumont residents can take steps to avoid becoming involved in a collision.
The top 5 most dangerous roadways in Beaumont, TX accounted for almost one-third of the total car accidents in the city in 2022. The most dangerous roadways in Beaumont in 2022 were:
Unsurprisingly, many of the most dangerous intersections in Beaumont were located near on and off ramps off of Eastex Freeway. The most dangerous intersections with the highest concentration of motor vehicle accidents in 2022 included:
Our Beaumont accident lawyers hope that by knowing the most dangerous places to drive in the city, we can help you avoid becoming the victim of a motor vehicle accident. Please take extra precaution while driving on the roads above, and avoid them completely, if possible. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call our Beaumont accident lawyers today for a FREE CASE REVIEW.
Most drivers do not think about what to do after a car wreck until it is too late. Being prepared and knowing what steps to take after a collision can protect you and your loved ones from further harm. Moreover, it can also have a significant impact on the amount of compensation you are likely to obtain through a personal injury claim.
If you want information on what to do after a car accident, see the infographic we created below.What-Should-I-Do-After-a-Car-Accident-Dos-and-Donts
Insurance companies are not altruistic when it comes to personal injury claims. They are for-profit businesses established to make money for their shareholders, are experts in dealing with car accident claims, and will not have your best interests at heart. Having our Beaumont accident lawyers on your side will help even the playing field and ensure the best outcome for your injury claim.
If you were injured in an accident, contact our experienced car wreck lawyers today for a FREE CASE EVALUATION. It does not matter whether you live in Beaumont, were visiting Beaumont, or were just passing through on your way to Houston or San Antonio when your accident happened – Thompson Law’s Beaumont accident lawyers can help!
We provide car crash victims with dedicated and tenacious legal representation, ensuring that you get fair value for your claim. Our Beaumont accident lawyers will build a strong case with supporting evidence so that you recover the money that you deserve.
Car accident injuries can vary widely depending on the direction and force of the impact, size of the vehicles involved, and general health and age of the injured party. Some of the most common injuries our Beaumont accident lawyers see from auto accidents include:
Some of the most common auto accident injuries are to the spinal column, and often are not apparent until inflammation sets in days or weeks later. Thus, it is important to seek medical attention soon after any auto accident. Once a doctor has checked you out physically, contact Thompson Law and let us give you a legal check-up. We offer FREE CONSULTATIONS to injury victims, so call us today.
The compensation available to victims of car accidents is referred to in legal terms as “damages”. The damages you incur can be both economic damages (i.e., financial losses with a direct monetary value), and non-economic (i.e., losses with no definitive monetary value).
Economic damages are the types of financial losses you would be able to produce a receipt for, such as:
Non-economic damages have value, but that value is more difficult to quantify. Examples of non-economic damages in personal injury claims include things like:
In cases where the defendant’s behavior was particularly egregious, such as drinking and driving accidents, you may also be able to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish a defendant for reckless behavior, and hopefully deter anyone from acting similarly in the future.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, call and speak to one of our Beaumont accident lawyers today. We can help you understand your rights and options, and you are under no obligation to hire our injury law firm. Call us today for a FREE CASE REVIEW.
Our Beaumont car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we charge you nothing upfront. We only get paid if you get paid, after which we earn a percentage of the compensation you were awarded. We offer legal support 24/7, and our team is standing by ready to represent you from the minute you are injured until you receive your settlement.
If you need a Beaumont accident lawyer, give us a call today. If you are not sure you need an attorney yet, save our contact info in your phone so we will be there for you when you need us. Contact Thompson Law and take action to protect your right to a full and fair monetary recovery for your damages.
If you are injured in any type of accident, your first priority should be to seek immediate medical attention, even if you are not certain that you are injured. Seeking immediate medical treatment does two things: 1) it ensures injuries you sustained are diagnosed and treated; and, 2) it helps eliminate any doubt by the insurance company that your injuries were caused by the accident.
Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injuries, so making the mistake of skipping a medical examination can have profound consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of your attorney.
If you were in a motor vehicle accident we have also detailed here what to do after a car accident.
A skilled personal injury lawyer is necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you sustained in an accident. Most defendants, whether individual drivers or commercial vehicle operators, are covered by liability insurance. Those insurance companies are not obligated to protect or take care of you. Insurance companies exist to protect the defendant (their customer) who caused the wreck.
A personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for every category of damages to which you are legally entitled. These damages can include things like: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain & suffering, punitive damages, loss of limb, diminished mental function, physical impairment, scarring or disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims). Further, you may be entitled to future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, and other damages in severe injury cases.
The largest factor affecting your claim’s value is the severity or magnitude of your injuries. More severe injuries typically require more medical treatment. So it is essential to have all your injuries documented properly by seeking immediate treatment with doctors or hospitals, and continuing under the care and direction of your doctors as long as necessary to heal. Without prompt and consistent medical treatment and documentation, an injury claim becomes very difficult to pursue, let alone win.
Of course, other factors an also have an impact, and each and every case is different. Were you injured in a commercial vehicle wreck or truck wreck that totaled your car, or was it a fender bender that did very little damage? Was the other driver intoxicated or drunk, or speeding? A multitude of factors may play into your claim’s overall likely value. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to visit with you and talk to you more specifically about factors which may affect your particular claim.
In Texas, you usually have two (2) years from the date of incident to file a personal injury claim before it is barred by the statute of limitations. There are exceptions to this 2-year time limit in Texas, for minors and others. Further, other states have different time limits, and the limit that applies is typically for the state in which the accident occurred.
The safest course of action for someone injured in a car wreck, truck wreck, slip and fall, or any other type of accident is to consult with a personal injury attorney. This will help ensure that you do not miss the applicable limitations period. Moreover, it will ensure the right investigations are conducted, and the proper steps are taken to preserve the evidence, photos, witness statements, and records needed to successfully pursue your claim.
If you are injured in a hit-and-run wreck (and are unable to locate the driver) or are hurt in a collision where the other driver does not have insurance, you are not necessarily out of options in terms of financial recovery. You may still be able to recover for your personal injuries if your own policy has Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage or Personal Injury Protection (PIP). It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company to confirm what types of coverage you have on your policy before an accident, but if you have been hit be sure to ask these questions before finalizing your claim request. Even if you do not have UM or PIP, the attorneys and investigators at Thompson Law can work to track down the other driver in a hit-and-run accident. To do this, we rely on witnesses who may have captured a photo of the car or license plate and/or available surveillance camera footage that might have captured the wreck.
Typical damages you can recover in a personal injury claim include: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and in some cases even punitive damages. In severe injury cases, other damages may be recoverable, such as: future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, loss of body member or mental function, physical impairment, disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims).
Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage can help save the day if you are hit by an uninsured driver or if you are the victim in a hit-and-run collision. In short, UM coverage is an add-on coverage that drivers can add to their auto insurance policies that will protect them in the event that they are in an auto accident with a driver who either does not have insurance or cannot be located. You can contact your insurance provider to confirm whether your policy includes UM. If you do not have this coverage, the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law recommend that you consider adding UM to your auto insurance policy today.
Knowing how comparative negligence works is vital if you live in a state that uses it. In simple terms, comparative negligence implies both drivers can share fault for an accident, but one driver can be more at fault than the other. For example, you are texting while driving when another driver runs a stop sign and hits your car.
A jury finds that the driver who ran the stop sign is 80 percent at fault, but they believe you would have had a better chance of avoiding the accident if you were not texting at the time. They find you 20 percent at fault. You can only collect enough compensation to cover the other driver’s fault. In this case, you would get $8,000 if the jury thinks your case is worth $10,000.
Having the police respond to the accident scene is of paramount importance. Make sure that YOU call them and insist that they come and investigate the accident. When the police arrive, they will separate the drivers and witnesses from one another and take statements from everyone involved. Be cooperative, detailed, and firm in describing the accident. The investigating officer will usually determine fault based upon these statements, and it is essential that your version of the events is heard and believed. If you think that you may be injured, make that clear to the officer. If an ambulance or other medical professionals arrive on scene, get checked out. If not, make plans to visit an emergency room or doctor soon after you leave the scene. Before you do leave for this care, the officer will provide you with a report number and their contact information. Make sure this information is safely saved, as it will be very important in any auto accident injury claim you may have.
Call an attorney. Your first instinct might be to call your insurance company, but it’s best to seek legal council first so you don’t accidentally admit guilt or take responsibility for the accident. In many cases your attorney will call the insurance company for you to prevent that from happening.
Absolutely not. It’s important to leave the investigation to the professionals. They know exactly how to work a case to determine all of the facts and details.
In insurance terms, “totaled” or a “total loss” means that the cost to repair your vehicle to its pre-accident condition is more than the vehicle is worth. Each insurance company has a different threshold for determining if a vehicle is totaled, but generally, if it’s close, you want the insurance company to “total” your car. Following the determination that your car is a total loss, the insurance company will provide you with their assessment of the value of your car. An experienced auto accident attorney should review this estimate to make sure that you are truly receiving fair market value for your loss. You absolutely have the right to challenge their assessment, and a skilled attorney knows the best way to do so to maximize your recovery.
Typically, yes. If a family member is seriously injured or killed in an accident, or if the injured party is a minor child, then it may be appropriate under the law for a parent, spouse, relative, or legal guardian to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the injured or deceased party. These types of claims are complex, and usually depend on the type of relationship involved, as well as the individual facts and circumstances of the injury. Calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law is step one to explore filing a legal claim on behalf of your loved one.
Even if you are partially to blame for a car accident, you may be able to recover some of your damages from the other party. Under Texas’s proportionate responsibility system (also known as comparative negligence), unless you as the claimant/plaintiff are determined more than 51% at fault, you may recover legal damages that are reduced by the percentage you are determined at fault. For example, if you are determined to be 30% at fault, you can recover 70% of your damages from the other responsible party (you can’t recover the other 30% because that was the amount of liability that was determined to lie with you). The personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law can help you navigate this proportionate responsibility system – so reach out online or call anytime for a free consultation.
If you or a family member are injured in an automobile accident, you cannot afford NOT to hire the very best attorney available. Thompson Law works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you only pay legal fees IF we win for you and AFTER your case is settled. We understand that legal fees upfront are simply too much to deal with after a serious accident where you are dealing with property damage repairs, medical bills, missed work and lost wages. The fact that you owe $0 upfront is an added bonus when you hire great legal representation at Thompson Law.
If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, there is a good chance we can help you out. We will look at the facts of your accident, whether a car wreck, truck wreck, motorcycle accident, or on-the-job-injury and examine whatever reports or records are available. If we believe that you were injured and it was someone else’s fault, it is likely to be a case we can take. The more information and documentation you can give us about your accident and your injuries, the quicker we can evaluate your case and let you know. Give us a call or reach out online anytime!
The best personal injury attorney has three major characteristics: Excellent customer service, cutting edge technology, and a willingness to take cases and win at trial. Ask your potential attorney about the client experience they offer, what kind of technology they use to make your life easier, and when was the last time they took a case to jury trial. Asking these types of questions will give you guidance on what kind of experience you can expect as a client and what kind of results you can expect at the end of your case.
Thompson Law has high ratings from clients for its emphasis on customer service, and its attorneys have achieved significant results on small, large, and complex cases alike. No matter if you have been involved in a minor car wreck or are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a rarer and more devastating event like a terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law can assist you.
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!
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.
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:
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.
Under Texas law, “bicycles are entitled to all rights of the road that apply to a motor vehicle, including access.” Unfortunately, drivers often don’t respect the rights of cyclists, and bike accidents are increasingly common, causing severe injuries to the cyclist.
First, stay at the scene. As soon as it is safe, assess the situation and call 9-1-1 to report the incident.
Second, when help arrives, receive emergency medical attention. Get “checked out” even if you think you are okay—the trauma and shock of the collision can cause your body to block out pain and injury, and internal injuries often produce non-specific symptoms. Follow the medical advice of the emergency response team.
Third, with assistance from the police, exchange and obtain information, such as insurance information as well as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses, passengers, and drivers. DO NOT discuss the facts and circumstances of the bike accident with anyone other than the investigating officer.
Fourth, document the scene. Make notes on paper or using your cell phone about the time of day; weather conditions; road or traffic conditions; lighting; location of the vehicles and involved parties; and any relevant road signs, traffic control devices (lights, stop signs, yield signs) etc. Also, make sure to get photographs of your bike, the driver’s car, and the scene.
Last, a lawyer to discuss your rights. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law will help you investigate all applicable insurance coverages and fight to get the compensation to which you are entitled.
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.
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, the litigation 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 the personal injury claims process.
Thompson Law receives an attorney fee and you pay no legal fees as our client unless we pay you. Thompson Law has 350 years of combined experience in legal representation and has won over $1.8 billion dollars in cash settlements for our clients. We master the art of managing client cases with empathy, compassion, respect and, of course, prodigious skill. Contact us today for a free, risk-free consultation to discuss your accident and your options.
State law limits the time you have to file a claim after an auto accident. If you have been injured in an accident, call now to get the help you need.