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Hot car safety is a big concern in Texas. Although a hot car death can occur anywhere, Texas has the highest number of Pediatric Vehicular Heatstrokes in the US. Every year, fatalities occur when children are left in cars either intentionally or by accident. But with awareness and education, child hot car deaths are entirely avoidable. 

What to Know about Hot Car Safety

What Is Hot Car Death?

Hot car death is also known as Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PVH.) Hot car death is the unintentional death a child under 18 as they succumb to fatal temperatures in an enclosed vehicle. As Texas residents are well aware, dark automobile interiors absorb and hold heat. A car’s interior temperature can rise rapidly, jumping double-digits in a matter of minutes.

Hot car death warning signs include:

  • Core body temperature of 104 F+
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Racing heart rate
  • Flushed skin
  • Delirium or confusion
  • Agitation and irritability

If you detect any of these sings after your child was left in the car, seek emergency medical care immediately.

Causes

According to NoHeatStroke.org, 891 children have died from PVH since 1998. The one thing all incidents have in common is that they were avoidable. Hot car safety means always checking for your children before exiting the car. When at home, it’s important to keep your car locked at all times with your keys in a safe place, away from kids. If your child is old enough, consider talking to them about hot car safety.

There are three primary causes of PVH:

  • Forgotten in the car by caregiver
  • Gained car access on their own
  • Knowingly left in the car by caregiver

On a US map of PVH deaths by state, Texas is number one for fatalities. There were 132 PVH deaths in Texas between 1998 and 2020. Sadly, all 132 deaths were easily preventable. More than half of hot car deaths in Texas occurred because a caregiver forgot a child in the car.

How Hot Do Cars Get?

A car’s interior temperature can rise quickly and dramatically. If the temperature is relatively mild–say mid-70s–it only takes around 25 minutes in the sun for the car’s interior to exceed 100 degrees. At a temperature of 104 F, a child reaches the heatstroke threshold. If the body reaches 107 F, death occurs.

One common misconception is that a light-colored car is safer than a dark-colored car. But the difference in interior temperatures is minimal. Regardless of your car’s color, the internal temperature can rise as much as twenty degrees in just ten minutes. That means a reasonable 80 F can quickly become a deadly 100 F before you know it.

Hot Car Safety Statistics

Hot car deaths declined in 2021, likely because more people were staying at home. But fatalities reached record-highs in both 2018 and 2019. More than half of incidents involve very young children left in the back seats of cars. The majority of children who perish in hot cars were left behind intentionally by their caregiver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 7 children have died so far in 2021
  • 53 children died in 2018 and in 2019
  • 53% of incidents involved forgetting a child in the car
  • 75% of forgotten children were under two years old
  • Thursdays and Fridays have the highest fatality rates

While “forgotten baby syndrome” might sound outrageous to some, Consumer Reports declares that anyone can forget their child in a car. Stress and anxiety can cause momentary lapses in memory, and when it comes to hot car safety, every minute counts.

Hot Car Safety Factors

Age

Hot car death can happen to children of any age. Most fatalities involve children up to 14, with over half being younger than two. Although a young child is usually confined to a car seat, an older child may simply fall asleep in a hot car and never wake up. If you leave a child in the car intentionally, it is not safe to assume your child will exit the vehicle if they become too hot.

Temperature

The higher the outside temperature, the quicker the temperature rises in your car. The average high temperatures in Texas are 86 F – 98 F, a dangerous range for any child stuck in an enclosed automobile. An Inside Car Temperature Calculator reveals that an outside temperature of 86 F can cause an internal car temperature of 120 F in just a half-hour.

Hot Car Safety Tips

Never Leave a Child Alone

While it might be tempting to leave a child alone “for a few minutes,” the temperatures inside a car can rise shockingly fast. It’s easy to let time get away from you and you can’t possibly anticipate every potential delay. Even if the weather seems mild, it’s critical to remember the drastic different between the outside world and the interior of a parked car.

Always Check Your Car

Forgotten Baby Syndrome can happen to anyone. Even if you think you’re immune to such a thing, hot car safety tells us it’s better to be safe than sorry. Some parents place their wallet, purse, or briefcase in the back seat next to their child. Because the item in the back seat is essential to their errand or task, there is no possibility of overlooking a sleeping child.

Hide Your Car Keys

Cars can represent freedom, maturity, and adventure. So it’s no surprise that some kids enjoy playing in cars. One of the main causes of hot car death is children gaining access to a car on their own without supervision. A young child can easily get locked in a parked car. Rapidly rising temperatures can lead to confusion and frustration, further discouraging their efforts to escape. While it’s easy to toss your keys as soon as you get in the door, hiding them will ensure optimal safety.

Hot Car Safety: What to Do

If you see a child alone in a car and believe they are in danger, there are a few things you can do to help. First, you can attempt to determine if the child is awake and responsive. Second, you can try and contact the parents through a security guard or overhead PA system. If you see a child in distress, call 911 right away.

One of the best ways to practice hot car safety is to educate yourself and spread awareness. Many people simply don’t know the facts and consequences of hot car death. Place reminders around the home so the adults in your household remember to check the car, hide the car keys, and make hot car safety a top priority for your family.

Thompson Law Will Guide You Through Your Personal Injury Case

Our attorneys at Thompson Law can help get you the compensation you deserve. If your child was injured by someone else’s negligence, give us a call today. You do not have to face this challenge alone, and our attorneys will assist you every step of the way. Call us at (844) 308-8180 today for a free consultation.

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Car Accident Medical Bills

Getting hurt in a car wreck can lead to unexpected medical bills and other expenses that can seem impossible to pay back. Medical providers often threaten to send their bills to debt collection in the event of non-payment. A car wreck is a traumatic event and the last thing you need is to worry about debt collection agencies coming after you for outstanding medical bills. But this is the unfortunate reality of car accidents and it is important to know how to prevent bills from going to debt collection agencies and what to do if you get contacted by a debt collection agency after a personal injury accident.

How Do I Prevent My Medical Bills from Going to Collections?

Set Up a Payment Plan

Medical providers typically only get a debt collection agency involved when it appears likely that you cannot pay the outstanding balance. Do whatever you can to consult with your medical provider, explain your financial situation, and set up a payment plan to avoid getting contacted by a debt collector. Medical providers will typically be sympathetic of your situation and will accept a small monthly payment. They simply want to make sure you are on track to pay off the medical bills and doing so will often keep the providers from sending your bills to collections.

Dispute the Validity of the Debt

Sometimes medical providers make mistakes or overbill you for your medical treatment. If this is the case and you disagree with the amount of the bill or the type of bill you can dispute the validity of the debt. The Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Texas Fair Debt Collection Practices Act afford you the ability to notify the medical provider about the inaccuracy of the debt. The medical provider is then required to investigate the debt’s accuracy.

Wait to Pay the Debt

Simply waiting to pay the debt can be an effective way to allow time for personal injury claimants to evaluate their options. After a 2015 settlement agreement between 31 states and the 3 main credit reporting agencies, the parties agreed to create the National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP). This plan requires medical debt to not be reported on your credit report until it is 180 days past due. The credit reporting agencies must also remove the bad debt from your credit report once you have paid the debt.

Medical providers will be eager to send your bill to a debt collector if they think you will not be able to pay it back. Failing to act early can lead to you getting contacted by a debt collector before you are prepared to deal with one. It is important to know how to deal with debt collectors and what your rights are as a debtor if this happens to you.

What is a Debt Collector?

According to the FDCPA a debt collector is any person or agency with the principal purpose of collecting debt and who regularly collects or attempts to collect debt owed by another. Debt collectors are usually hired by a creditor to collect the debt from people that cannot pay their debt or that just chose not to pay. Reasons a debt collector may contact you include:

  • They have been hired to collect a debt that a creditor believes is past due.
  • A debt buyer bought the debt and is now seeking to collect the debt.
  • Sometimes a debt collector may call you to ask for the location of an individual you know. However, the debt collector may not disclose that they are collecting debt of that individual. When this is the case, debt collectors are limited to questions concerning where the person lives, their phone number, and where they work.

How Can a Debt Collector Contact Me?

Debt collectors can contact you through virtually all means of communication including in person, by mail, telephone, email, or fax. Unless you explicitly agree, debt collectors may not contact you before 8:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. local time. Additionally, a debt collector is not allowed to contact you at work if the debt collector knows that your employer disapproves of such contacts. If you wish not to be contacted at your workplace, make sure to make it known to the debt collector that your employer does not approve of the contact. Debt collectors are not limited to contacting you personally, they may also speak to your spouse, your parent (if you are a minor), your guardian, and your attorney that is representing you for that specific debt collection.

If you do not want a debt collector to contact you or your spouse, you have the option of writing a letter to the collector telling them to stop. Once this is done and the collector receives the letter, they are not allowed to contact you or your spouse anymore regarding the debt. The debt collector can, however, contact you again to let you know that they plan on taking further action. Just because you tell a debt collector to stop contacting you does not mean that you no longer owe the debt. The debt collector and the original creditor still have the option to sue you to obtain payment.

What Are My Rights as a Debtor?

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is a federal law that gives debtors certain rights. Additionally, Texas regulates debt collectors through the Texas Debt Collections Act. Understanding these key rights will allow you to better deal with debt collectors. These rights include:

Right to Written Explanation of Debt

Once you have been contacted, the debt collector has 5 days to send you a written notice disclosing information about the debt including:

  • The name of the creditor that you are in debt to.
  • The amount you owe.
  • What to do if you believe you do not owe that amount.

Right to Know the Debt Collector or Debt Collection Agency

The FDCPA requires that debt collectors identify themselves and the agency they work with if applicable. They must also disclose to you that any information you provide can be used against you to collect the debt. Once they have provided their identification you can find more information about them through your state’s attorney general’s or consumer affairs office.

It is important to determine the legitimacy of the collector before even considering payments because of the prevalence of debt collector scam artists. These are people who fraudulently claim to be a debt collector and try to take advantage of debtors through coercive tactics. These scammers will generally:

  • Demand immediate payment.
  • Threaten criminal acts for payment.
  • Refuse to disclose personal identity or agency name.
  • Ask for financial information such as bank account information or social security number.
  • Ask for payment methods such as cryptocurrency or wire transfers that are harder to track than more typical forms of payment.

Right Not to Be Harassed with Abusive or Fraudulent Collection Tactics

Debt collectors are regulated by the Texas Debt Collection Act and must obey these regulations when acting in their capacity as a debt collector.  This Act prohibits debt collectors from coercive and fraudulent collection tactics such as:

Coercive Debt Collection Tactics:

  • Threatening to use violence.
  • Using profanity or offensive language.
  • Falsely accusing the consumer of crimes.
  • Threatening to arrest the consumer or seize their property without proper court proceedings.
  • Harassing the debtor through continuous phone calls.

Fraudulent Debt Collection Tactics:

  • Trying to remain anonymous or using a false name.
  • Misrepresenting the debt amount or its judicial status.
  • Sending documents to a debtor that falsely appear to be from a court or other official agency.
  • Failing to identify who holds the debt.
  • Misrepresenting the nature of the services rendered by the collection agency or collector.
  • Misrepresenting that the collector has information or something of value to discover information about the consumer.
  • Trying to collect more than the amount originally agreed upon.

A Debt Collector is Not Prohibited from:

  • Informing the debtor that the debtor may be arrested after proper court proceedings if the debtor violated a criminal law.
  • Threatening to institute civil lawsuits to collect debt.
  • Threatening to exercise a statutory right of seizure, repossession, or sale that does not require a court proceeding.

Right to Dispute Incorrect Debt

To dispute a debt, you must send a dispute letter to the debt collector by certified mail. After this, the debt collector must determine whether your debt is valid within 30 days. If the debt collector determines that the debt is inaccurate within 30 days, then they must correct it. If the debt is accurate then the debt collector can continue collection activities. If the debt collector cannot determine the validity of the debt within 30 days, then they are required to make the change you requested in the dispute.

How Do I Report a Debt Collector?

Personal injury debt collection agencies that violate these regulations are subject to criminal and civil penalties. These can also be violations under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices/Consumer Protection Act which grants the Attorney General the authority to take action. According to the Finance Code Chapter 392, a violation of the above rights is a misdemeanor punishable by fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 for each violation. Civil remedies include injunctive relief, compensation for actual damages sustained due to the violation, and attorneys’ fees accrued related to the violation.

To report a debt collector, you can contact the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection helpline to discuss your complaint with a representative. You can also file a complaint with the American Collectors Association of Texas, which is an organization that represents third-party collection agencies in Texas.

What is a Credit Report?

A critical part of dealing with debt collectors is to know exactly what debt you owe. You can find out your debts by getting a credit report. A credit report is a summary of your credit history. You are entitled to one free credit report once a year from each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). These are national credit bureaus that collect and update your credit history to provide an accurate report. You can order online from annualcreditreport.com (Caution: you must use this website to obtain the free report; do not use other third-party websites or the reporting companies’ own website). To verify your identity, you will need to provide your name, address, social security number, and date of birth. Your credit report will generate a credit score which shows your ability to pay back loaned or borrowed money.

Credit scores are measured on a scale of 300 to 850. Generally, a score of 700 or above is considered a quality score and the higher the credit score the better interest rates you will get from creditors. If you choose not to pay your debt you can receive a derogatory mark on your credit. A derogatory mark is a negative indication on your credit such as a missed payment, collection, or foreclosure, and will remain on your credit for about 7 years. Essentially, if you do not plan to use credit for the next 7 years then it is not the worst-case scenario to not pay your debt and receive a derogatory mark. However, if you do plan on using credit to buy a house or a car then it is less than ideal to get a derogatory mark because you will have a difficult time finding a creditor.

Thompson Law Will Guide You Through Your Personal Injury Case

Our attorneys here at Thompson Law are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve when you get injured at the hands of another person. Dealing with a car wreck or other injury is something that you do not have to do alone, and our personal injury attorneys will assist you every step of the way. Call us at (844) 308-8180 today for a free consultation.

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Car Wreck Lawyer

Following a car accident, you may be asking yourself, “When do I need a car wreck lawyer?”

The answer: It is always worth contacting a car accident attorney. Start by calling Thompson Law for a free consultation. Our experienced staff will fight hard to get you the best settlement for your case. The best part? We don’t get paid until you do. It’s a no-brainer that you should reach out to Ryan Thompson and our experienced team of car accident lawyers at Thompson Law!

The number of cars on Texas roads drastically decreased in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions and for obvious reasons, more people were staying home. One would think this would lead to fewer car accidents. However, Texas saw an increase in motor vehicle deaths in 2020

So what does this increasing number mean for you, the Texas driver? It means that you need a car accident lawyer on your side. If you or a loved one were to help get you the settlement you deserve! Vehicle damages, medical bills, lost wages as a result of taking time off to treat injuries, are all stressful and can seem like an insurmountable feat. 

What Hiring a Dallas Car Accident Attorney Can Do For You

Without a car wreck lawyer, you’re up against insurance companies that want to try to get you to settle for less than you are entitled to! Don’t let the insurance companies push you around, get the legal representation that you need before they convince you to take less than your case is worth. 

According to 5 NBC-DFW, Dallas ranks fifth in the nation for fatal crashes! This means you are much more likely to need a Dallas car accident attorney on your side! Contact Thompson Law for your free consultation. We don’t make a dime until you do! 

Whether you’re involved in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or were the victim of the negligence of another driver you need an auto accident attorney on your side! Our experienced team of Dallas car accident lawyers will step up to bat for you against the insurance companies!

Questions to Ask an Auto Accident Attorney

What Is Your Fee Structure? 

At Thompson Law, we don’t get paid until you get paid! That’s right, our fee comes from the settlement so you will not have to pay anything upfront. You will not incur any attorney fees, court costs, legal expenses, or any other costs unless we recover money on your behalf. If we do obtain a settlement for you, our fee will only come out of a portion of the settlement. 

What Will My Out of Pocket Expenses Be for a Car Wreck Lawyer? 

Thompson Law offers free consultation and we never charge any out-of-pocket fees! As stated above, we don’t win until you win!

What Is a Typical Range for Settlements in Similar Cases? 

During your consultation with our experienced team of car accident lawyers, you will be able to ask such questions, free of charge! We have a breadth of experience handling auto accidents in Dallas and beyond. You can check out our results if you want to see what kind of settlements we have gotten for our clients in the past. 

What Type of Experience Do You Have with Cases Involving My Specific Injuries?

Our team of Dallas car accident attorneys has seen a lot of injuries and has dealt with many types of injuries. Regardless of your injury, you need representation so that you can cover your medical bills. However minor you think your injuries may be, it is worth a free consultation with Thompson Law. 

You may be surprised at how seemingly latent injuries eventually worsen with time. It is always a good idea to seek medical attention directly following an accident so that you can get a proper diagnosis. This is also important for doctors to be able to predict potential residual effects of your injury. 

You Don’t Want to Fight The Insurance Companies Alone

So where should I find my car accident attorney in Dallas/ Fort Worth? Look no further because Ryan Thompson and the team at Thompson Law are ready and willing to give you a free consultation, anytime

Here are some of the less-than-transparent tactics that insurance companies try to use to get victims of auto accidents to accept less money than their claim is worth: 

  • Attempts to Minimize Injuries: Adjusters often try to claim that injuries were pre-existing, or the treatment was excessive.
  • Apology Programs: Insurance adjusters will use phrases like “we’re sorry you got hurt” to avoid directly stating blame. They will generally follow up by trying to get you to accept a settlement. 
  • Blaming YOU: Contributory Negligence is a concept that you want to be familiar with if you are a Texas resident. Texas follows comparative negligence common law and you can be held accountable for all or part of your auto accident expenses if they deem that you were partially responsible.
  • Claim Delays: Insurers may attempt to delay the claims process so a lawyer cannot take your case. The statute of limitations for filing an injury claim in Texas is 2 years after the accident so you need to make sure that you’re able to get a Dallas auto accident lawyer on your side prior to that 2-year mark.
  • Denying Claims: Insurance companies will deny claims due to issues like policy coverage exclusions or “improper paperwork”. They use this tactic to try to make you frustrated with the process and give up the fight.

Auto Accidents in Dallas County 

The Dallas/ Fort Worth area consistently ranks as one of the topmost dangerous metropolitan areas to drive in, in Texas. According to TxDOT, in 2019 there were 257 fatal accidents on Texas roads and 271 fatalities due to auto accidents in Dallas County. Driving in the Dallas / Fort Worth area is clearly a hazardous feat and it is more than likely that you or a loved one in this area will become a victim of a car accident. That’s why you need to know who to call if you are injured. At Thompson Law, our team of car accident lawyers has a proven track record of success for our clients. 

Reach Out to Thompson Law Today

If you’ve been hit and injured by an automobile collision, you need legal representation. Thompson Law doesn’t charge a dime until we win your case! Call us at (844) 308-8180  for your free consultation and see why we consistently come through for our clients.

Ryan Thompson has been ranked in the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers and is a Lifetime Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. At Thompson Law, we pride ourselves on our client-first approach allowing us to deliver results while taking a personalized approach to your case. We treat our clients like family because we are a family-run business.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2021

Memorial Day is the start of the summer and people always like to celebrate with BBQs and sometimes a few too many libations. As the world begins to get back to normal and people are vaccinated, they will undoubtedly be partying harder than normal this year. Remember that if you or a loved one get involved in a car accident during Memorial Day weekend 2021 you can contact us for a FREE consultation.

Oftentimes on Memorial Day and Labor Day people don’t properly plan to get home and end up driving home after a few too many drinks. They aren’t considered to be one of the big 3 holidays that come to mind when you think of “drunk driving” (New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, and the 4th of July), but Memorial and Labor Day are both more dangerous days to drive than NYE or St. Pattys!

Generally, people are better prepared on the nights that are infamous for DWI’s, but the fact that Memorial Day is considered a BBQ holiday rather than strictly a drinking holiday leaves people with their guards down at the end of the night when the party wraps up.

Understanding the Risks of Driving During Memorial Day Weekend 2021

According to AutoInsurance.org’s List of the 10 deadliest holidays to drive, Memorial Day is the second most dangerous holiday to drive, not far behind the 4th of July. That means it is imperative for your friends, family, and yourself to prepare accordingly. Since this is one of the most dangerous weekends to drive year over year, you need to make arrangements to stay wherever your party or have a sober ride home!

SoberRides.org is a service that was designed to try to reduce DWI’s on Texas Roads. It offers options to contact rideshare services, cabs, public transit, other alternatives like pedicabs, call a friend, and pretty much every other option you can imagine, aside from getting behind the wheel drunk.

Despite your driver being sober, there is always the chance that another drunk driver could cause a dangerous, or even deadly, collision with your vehicle. Having a sober driver is only half the battle when there are many other intoxicated drivers on the road. The bottom line is that with the increased number of potential alcohol-induced accidents over Memorial Day weekend, you need to be cautious and know who to call if you get injured in a car accident!

If you are involved in a car crash over Memorial Day 2021, you need an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. Ryan Thompson and his team of experienced Texas-based personal injury attorneys will stand up to the insurance companies and other drivers who cause harm to you or your family. Contact us for a free consultation, we don’t make a dime until we win your case!

Memorial Day Weekend Driving Tips

We all know how dangerous Texas roadways become during heavy drinking holidays such as Memorial Day weekend. That’s why we put together this shortlist of Memorial Day weekend driving tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe on the road during Memorial Day weekend 2021!

Some of these tips may be obvious but they are all just as important as ever. These tips aren’t confined to driving during memorial day 2021, it is always a good idea to follow these practices even when driving under normal circumstances!

Here are Thompson Law’s Memorial Day weekend driving tips:

  • Avoid Distracted Driving: Whether it be adjusting your radio, texting, receiving calls, adjusting your seat, doing your makeup, or scrolling social media behind the wheel, people are more distracted than ever behind the wheel. You can reduce your distractions simply by leaving your phone in your glove box while you drive. Whoever is texting you will understand that you were behind the wheel. They’d rather you not crash in an attempt to get back to them more quickly!
  • Do NOT Drive Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol: It is never a good idea to get behind the wheel if you’re impaired. Even if you feel like you’re okay to get behind the wheel, your perception is skewed at that moment and your inhibitions are lowered due to being intoxicated. Planning ahead to make arrangements for a ride home or a place to crash can circumvent the desire to drink and drive.
  • Keep a Reasonable Distance Between Yourself and the Car In Front of You: Giving yourself a proper amount of space to come to a full stop and be able to react if traffic slows down is the only way to buffer yourself from the potential of rear-ending another driver.
  • Travel During the Mornings and Avoid Being on Texas Roadways in the Evening: Traveling earlier in the day reduces your chances of being on the road with a large number of drivers who are intoxicated. It is especially important during Memorial Day weekend 2021 to hedge your bets and drive during times when you know the roads will be less chaotic and dangerous.
  • Find a Friend or Family Member Who You Can Rely on to Be Your Designated Driver: If you have a friend or family member who offers to be your designated driver, take them up on that offer! There is nothing like having someone wrangle you and your friends at the end of the night to drive you home and babysit you. If you have friends who are willing to be your DD, keep them close!
  • Take a Cab, Public Transit, or an Uber or Lyft: If you aren’t able to arrange a ride home with a sober friend or family member there are many options to get home without having to get behind the wheel after consuming drugs or alcohol. An Uber is cheaper than a DUI!

Memorial Day Death Statistics

According to Injury Facts (a website created by the National Safety Council for creating reports on national injury statistics), there were 3,417 deaths on US Roads in May of 2019 (the most recent year that data is available for). The National Center for Health Statistics also stated that there were 453 fatalities on US roads during the “Memorial Day period” (defined as the period one week prior to and one week after Memorial Day).

What To Do if You Are Involved In a Crash During Memorial Day Weekend 2021?

If you’ve been hit and injured by a drunk driver over Memorial Day weekend 2021, you need legal representation. Thompson Law doesn’t charge a dime until we win your case! Call us at (866) 293-4768 for your FREE consultation and see why we consistently come through for our clients.

Ryan Thompson has been ranked in the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers and is a Lifetime Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. At Thompson Law, we pride ourselves on our client-first approach allowing us to deliver results while taking a personalized approach to your case. We treat our clients like family because we are a family-run business.

Stay safe this Memorial Day weekend and be sure to call Thompson Law if you are injured in an accident.

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Texas seat belt law

The Texas Motor Vehicle Authority ensures that vehicles registered in the state undergo an annual inspection, and among the many things in the inspection checklist are seat belts. Every year the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has a “Click It or Ticket” Campaign, and November 2020 marked its 18th anniversary. Since 2002, the campaign that urges people to buckle up has saved 6,234 lives, and currently, 91% of Texans always wear their seatbelts.

According to TxDOT, wearing a seat belt reduces death risk in case of a car crash by 45% in passenger vehicles and by 60% in a pickup truck. With 14% of Texans admitting to driving under the influence, your safety on the road is compromised.

Since you cannot control other people’s actions, you should ensure that you reduce the chances of injury by wearing a seat belt every time you are on the road, whether as a driver or a passenger. Therefore, let’s take you through the benefits of wearing a seat belt, the injuries they may cause, and seat belt safety tips.

Top Benefits of Wearing Seat Belts in Texas

Save Lives

Car crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States for those aged between 1 and 54. Seat belt use is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of death; it decreases death risk by 45% among front-seat passengers and drivers. By restraining you, it prevents you from being ejected where you can meet death on the road.

Reduce Injuries

A seat belt protects your body against serious injuries such as brain and spinal cord injuries that can dramatically change your life as well as the lives of your loved ones.

Reduce the Financial Costs

If you are involved in a car accident and you sustain injuries, the chances are that you will remain in hospital three to five times longer than if you had been wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred. As a result, you incur 2-7 times the medical expenses of victims who wear seat belts. However, it goes beyond reducing your hospital bills. The fact that some people insist on not wearing seat belts puts a financial burden on every taxpayer. Insurance premiums increase, and so do taxes. Failing to wear seat belts imposes a tax burden of about $137 billion per year, an amount that would significantly decrease if everyone adhered to the law.

Strong Personal Injury Case

If you sustained spinal cord injuries in a car accident that have resulted in paralysis, your paralysis attorney has a better chance of winning your case after showing that the injuries were not due to negligence on your part. However, that is only possible if you were wearing a seat belt, especially since anyone riding in a Texas motor vehicle must wear a seat belt.

Avoid Legal Issues

In Texas, everyone should buckle up lest face tickets and fines. Children under 8 years old must be in a child safety seat if they are shorter than 4 feet 9 inches; if not, the driver will face up to a $250 fine and court costs. Adults can pay up to $200, plus court costs.

Texas Seat Belt Law

What Are the Most Common Seat Belt Injuries?

Seat belts can save your life, but you might not escape bruise-free. A three-point adult harness rests on the abdomen, shoulders, and chest. As the seat belt forces you to stay in your seat, the points of impact in these three areas can result in blunt force trauma in the:

Abdomen

You might experience pain in the abdominal area and surrounding regions after the accident due to the pressure applied as you are thrust forward in an accident. Getting an evaluation prevents severe complications later.

Neck

Your head could be pushed back and forth rapidly during a car accident, resulting in straining neck tendons and ligaments, thus causing whiplash. A neck injury attorney can ensure that you get the justice you deserve.

Chest

It is a direct point of impact that will affect the underlying organs such as the heart and lungs located in the sternum.  A sore chest should encourage you to seek immediate medical attention. Other thoracic injuries include rib fractures, myocardial contusion, sternal fractures, and pulmonary contusion.

Texas Seat Belt Law & Safety Tips

  • Always wear a seat belt regardless of where you are sitting.
  • Wear it correctly

The lap belt should not ride upon the stomach; instead, it should be snug across your upper thighs. The shoulder strap should lie across the middle of your chest and shoulder. Do not let it fall across your neck; neither should it be behind your back or under your arms. You can minimize the gap between the seat belt and the shoulder by not reclining your seat more than necessary.

  • Any child under a year old and weighing less than 35 pounds should be in a rear-facing child seat at the vehicle’s back seat. Children below five years old and less than 36 inches tall should ride in a child safety seat.
  • When buying a car, ensure that the seat belts fit perfectly. Ask about any room for adjustments to get the best fit. Always adjust your strap to the wearer’s height, and if you need a roomier belt, you can contact the vehicle manufacturer for seat belt extenders.

Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer After Sustaining Injuries

After sustaining injuries, the Texas statute of limitations directs you to file your injury case within two years from the date of injury. You or your loved ones do not have to worry about losing your case because you can’t find a competent lawyer. Thompson Law has a team of skilled injury lawyers ready to come to you wherever you are. We are a small, family-run firm with a large pool of resources; we personally handle all cases and establish close working relationships with our clients.

At Thompson Law, we only win if you do; therefore, you don’t owe us a penny until we have settled your injury case. We offer free consultations and free case reviews, so if you feel that you or your loved ones deserve your day in court, we are here for you. Contact us today on the phone, fax, email, or our social media page. We are available 24/7 to listen to you and will assign you a lawyer within 15 minutes.

Car Accident Medical Bills

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates motor vehicle crashes in Texas led to car accident medical bills of about $43 million in 2018. While getting medical assistance should be your top priority after a car crash, paying for the injuries can turn out to be a tricky issue. Some accident victims might not even know that health insurance can cover the injuries sustained after a car crash.

You can always seek legal assistance from Thompson Law after a car accident. There is a 2-year statute of limitation in Texas and we are always committed to pursuing justice on your behalf.

Which Medical Bills Can Arise After a Car Accident?

Statistics from Texas show that there were about 250,000 injuries from car crashes in 2018. Car accidents can cause severe injuries leading to the following medical bills:

  • Transportation costs while seeking treatment
  • OTC medicines and prescriptions
  • ER visits
  • X-ray, scans, and blood work
  • Surgeries
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Hospital and rehabilitation
  • Future medical expenses

In some cases, you may receive invoices from hospitals and physicians. You could also have pending bills for procedures and tests, including radiology tests, blood tests, and more. If you need rehabilitation and occupational therapy, it may lead to additional fees.

The personal injury lawyers at Thompson Law will gather all your invoices to help you estimate your total medical costs, both present and future, in consultation with the doctor. We then submit a demand letter to the at-fault motorist’s insurance company for a total payout of your expenses. We have a pool of experienced attorneys who have helped many victims across Texas, as seen on our results, so you can trust that we will work on ensuring you receive a proper settlement.

Who Should Pay for My Car Accident Medical Bills?

If the car accident results in severe injuries, medical emergency teams will transport you to trauma centers and hospitals for immediate treatment. Victims with minor injuries that do not require immediate attention can visit their primary care physician. Even if you feel okay, make sure you see a doctor for more examination in case of some internal injuries.

The at-fault driver should cover your health expenses, car damages, and other costs in Texas. However, the responsible party will not automatically make the payments before you prove fault. Resolving the accident claim can take a few weeks or even months, depending on the situation. Resolving the claim may also require legal action.

In the meantime, you can use your health insurance cover to pay for your medical bills. Your medical insurer can then recover the amount spent on your treatment from the other driver’s insurer. Our car accident lawyers will work with you to ensure that we recover compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurer.

Will My Health Insurance Cover My Car Crash Injuries?

Many health insurance policies will pay for your injury costs up to a specific point. Still, depending on the timing of the treatment and who is liable for the accident, the expenses may be paid from different sources.

  • Co-pays and Deductibles: If there are any deductibles or co-pays on the health policy, you will need to pay for them before the insurer pays for medical costs.
  • Auto Policy: When it’s the health insurance company’s responsibility to pay for the car crash bills, the initial payments should be from any auto policy in place. If you have medical coverage on your auto insurance, you can use it to make payments before filing under your health insurance policy. It is not mandatory to have medical coverage on an auto policy.

If the health insurance company makes payments for your medical costs that were to be paid through your medical coverage policy, they can recover the expenses from the auto insurer.

Why Do You Need a Qualified Car Accident Lawyer?

If you are involved in a car accident that you believe was due to another driver’s fault, make sure you seek assistance from an experienced personal injury lawyer. You may assume the at-fault driver’s insurer will pay for your expenses, but this may never happen. Even if they promise to reimburse you for the medical costs, do not fall for it. In most cases, they will look for ways to pay partial payments or none at all.

If you decide to negotiate with the insurer, you could be left with a substantial amount of medical fees on your hands. Even if you pay using your health insurance or auto policy, you will still have to pay co-pays and deductibles. There is also a risk of increased insurance premiums. Make sure you have a lawyer by your side to avoid paying a dime in medical bills. You should not have to worry about any out-of-pocket fees.

You can get a lawyer in 15 minutes from Thompson Law. We provide a free case review of the accident. We also do not receive any payments for your case unless we win, so you pay nothing out-of-pocket.

Why Is the Compensation Process Often Complicated?

The insurance system has set procedures that are aimed at intimidating and frustrating an inexperienced person. This system prevents many victims from collecting valid claims. In most cases, accident victims give up on the claim before receiving the settlement they are entitled to since they find the process impossible or difficult to manage. If you’re the victim of a car accident injury that is not your fault, you need the help of a personal injury lawyer in Texas who is conversant with the legal right procedures that an insurer should follow.

Need Legal Help? Call Thompson Law Injury Lawyers

After a car accident, make sure you seek legal assistance from a knowledgeable attorney about the injuries you sustain from the crash. At Thompson Law, we will effectively communicate with all the insurers involved to ensure your bills are covered. You can contact us at any time for legal representation.

car accident cost

The Houston Chronicle, a leading Texas newspaper, reports that car crashes in the state cost a whopping $38.4 billion in 2017, representing an 86% increase from 2007. These statistics factor in a year’s lost wages in addition to other costs.

Given these cost implications, you deserve to be compensated if you believe the other driver was at-fault during your crash. Working with a competent car accident attorney in Texas will help you file a successful claim in court. At Thompson Law, we have represented a variety of different case types and recovered incredible amounts of money for our clients.

Read along for more insights on the real cost of car accidents and how car insurance coverage can protect you from paying more than you should.

Common Factors That Affect the Cost of an Accident

The following can be the contributing factors to the overall cost of a car accident:

Damage to the Vehicle

A car accident can result in minor damages that are hardly noticeable to significant vehicle damage requiring extensive repairs. The more extensive the damage, the higher the cost of the repair. Notably, some vehicle parts cost higher to replace than others.

The Extent of Your Injuries

Even minor car accidents may result in injuries requiring some medical attention. Injuries like minor cuts and bruises may not need hospitalization, but it is in your best interest to get checked by a qualified physician. Severe injuries may require hospitalization, lifelong care, surgeries, and physical therapies. In a nutshell, all types of injuries can significantly push the cost of your accident.

Third-Party Injuries

The severity of third-party injuries and the number of occupants in a third party’s automobile at the time of the collision can substantially push the cost of an accident. If you are determined to be at fault, you may be legally liable for your passenger’s damages as well.

Property Damage

Car crashes can damage more property than the third-party vehicle itself. If your accident damage other property, such as valuable items in the vehicle or other people’s homes, and other infrastructure, you may be legally liable for the damage.

The Cost of Attorney

After an accident, it is a good practice to work with experienced car accident lawyers to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that you will pay for their services at the end if you settle or get an award. The standard amount an attorney will take for their services can be anything between 33 and 40 percent.

Typical Costs Associated With a Car Accident

Car accidents are much more than money. Let’s look at the typical costs associated with car accidents in the US.

Car Repair Costs

Car crashes typically result in repair expenses. The cost of repair can add up quickly depending on the severity of the accident. The much you have to pay for some common repairs depend on the accident’s location, the extent of the damage, vehicle model, and other factors.

  • On average, it may cost you an upward of $1000 to repair scratches.
  • Replacing a windshield may cost you anything between $100 to $1500, depending on the car’s make and model.
  • Replacing a damaged bumper may set you back $880 to $1390, depending on the make and model of the car.

Notably, significant damages that affect other parts of the car, such as the engine or suspension, can cost much higher. It typically takes not less than two weeks to complete a major collision repair, and you should factor in the cost of renting a car while yours is in the garage.

Treatment Costs

Car crashes can cause severe injuries, pain, and decreased quality of life. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the cost of US road crashes to be around $871 billion in a single year. Dealing with the aftermath of accidents, including treatments, visits to doctors, loss of productivity, requires substantial amounts of money.

According to US CDC, the average cost of hospital visits to treat injuries caused by car crashes is about $3,300 for the emergency room and about $7,500 for normal hospitalization. Importantly, it is not just money that you could be losing but also time and energy. All these losses are factored in when calculating the actual cost of your treatment and recovery.

Work Productivity 

Even fender bender accidents can result in lost wages and a downturn in work productivity. Any car accident can affect your productivity in the following ways:

  • Results in mobility inconveniences that prevent you from getting to work on time
  • Force you to take time off for hospital visits, and car repairs
  • The impending lawsuits and other related stresses can keep you from concentrating at work

How Much Does a Car Accident Cost If I Have the Right Insurance?

Having the right insurance coverage before an accident happens can significantly reduce the costs associated with car crashes. Apart from comprehensive coverage and collision coverage, you can also add coverage like Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Medical Payments to help ease the financial burdens of medical bills and other damages. The cost of out-of-pocket vehicle repairs and medical exposes can be prohibitively high if you drive without insurance and are involved in a car crash.

What Are the Consequences of Driving Without Insurance?

The consequences of driving without insurance tend to vary from state to state. Since you don’t have the policy to protect you, you can be sued and forced to pay for all the injuries and damage caused. You can also expect the following consequences:

  • Potential jail term
  • Increase in future insurance rates & suspension of driver’s licenses
  • Hefty fines, tickets, and fees

Let Thomson Law Help You Get the Full Compensation You Deserve

If you have sustained injuries due to an accident, you have the right to compensation. However, dealing with insurance companies and obtaining fair and just compensation may not be an easy undertaking. That is why it is wise to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who handles all the legal aspects of your lawsuit so you can concentrate on recovery. At Thomson law, our team of personal injury lawyers has the expertise, resources, and commitment to get the fair compensation you deserve. Call (866) 275-6370 or connect with us online to talk to our bilingual team today for a free case evaluation.

PIP In Texas

If a car accident has left you with injuries, medical treatment will be the most vital element of your recovery. Your doctor may offer emergency treatment procedures, inpatient care, surgeries, or therapy. While you don’t want to imagine how much you’ll pay, the costs are unavoidable because you must heal.

In these circumstances, personal injury protection (PIP) auto insurance can be your savior. The coverage pays for your medical care, and you’ll worry less about the massive bills presented by your facility.

What is PIP?

PIP (sometimes referred to as no-fault insurance) is a component of automobile insurance plans focused on addressing any medical expenses resulting from a car accident. It addresses the healthcare expenses of policyholders and vehicle occupants, whether or not they have health insurance.

Sometimes, the cost of the necessary treatments exceeds the policy’s limits. In such circumstances, health insurance can take care of the additional expenses. These policies have a per-person maximum, meaning it’s limited to a specific amount per person if the incident inflicted injuries to multiple individuals.

PIP is not required in Texas. However, acquiring the coverage can help address the initial health care costs, lost income after the incident, and deductibles. The no-fault insurance coverage pays upon providing evidence of the treatment expenses, and the policyholder doesn’t need proof of liability.

PIP as Your Safety Net

After a car accident, your priority should be the well-being and safety of every occupant in the vehicle. You do not usually begin figuring out the state of your car and personal items or how you’ll move the car until after checking on everyone involved. This is usually a difficult, tense moment, further complicated by beginning to think of how you’ll get money to foot the medical bills and complete the necessary repairs.

Unfortunately, the other driver may have minimal coverage, and you may be left with additional health care expenses and repairs beyond what your insurer covers. Also, if the at-fault party causes an accident involving several cars, you may find yourself scrambling with the others for a percentage of the benefits.

So, if you’re a road accident victim and the at-fault driver’s insurer can’t compensate your financial losses, PIP in Texas can provide the space and time to recover fully. Consider it a safety net that rescues you whenever the responsible party’s coverage can’t buffer you.

Personal Injury TX vs. Health Insurance

A common misconception among those who ignore PIP in Texas is that the coverage is just like health insurance. They may share several similarities, but personal injury protection and health insurance are two different coverages.

Most people fail to realize that most health coverages offer a clause that places them second to other forms of liability insurance. This means that if a policyholder is involved in an unfortunate crash, their health coverage can deny the claim and direct them to rely on the other party’s policy. If the other party disputes liability, you’ll have to dig into your pockets to foot the medical expenses.

If the party’s insurer accepts liability, they won’t make the payments instantly. They will only make the settlement payment once the victim has “completed” their entire treatment and submitted a claim. In some instances, victims never “complete” their treatment and may experience issues spanning years. As the bills continue piling, there will be no one else to pay but you.

With personal injury coverage, you’ll simply make a claim for the opening out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the crash. The coverage will take care of your medical expenses and lost earnings within the PIP policy limit. So, the more coverage you pay for, the better.

How and When to File a PIP Claim in Texas

PIP in Texas only covers the costs that pop up within three years after the unfortunate car crash. However, it’s still important to report all expenses and injuries to your insurance provider once you learn about them.

When filing the PIP claim, ensure you include every payment documentation, bills, receipts, and other relevant documentation that’s valuable in creating a solid case and reducing the time taken. Depending on your specific expense, your claim may result in the following primary reimbursement levels:

  • The coverage will pay for the entire cost of ambulance services, medical treatment, and funeral costs. Document everything you receive and the prices. You must also acquire copies of the service provider’s documentation indicating that the injuries directly link with the crash. Otherwise, it may be hard to obtain full reimbursement.
  • Personal injury coverage in Texas covers 80% of the victim’s lost income due to a crash. You’ll be required to provide proof of payment before the accident and evidence that the sustained injuries directly resulted in the lost wages.
  • Just like the lost wages, personal injury protection coverage addresses 80% of the caregiver services expenses.

What’s the Time Limit for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Section 16.003 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code spells out the PIP statute of limitations. The law requires victims to file their personal injury TX civil actions within two years after the day of the accident (cause of action) that caused the injures.

If another party’s intentional act or carelessness causes an accident that leads to injury, you can request the state courts for damages (civil remedy) for the experienced losses. The two-year deadline is still applicable whether our case is based on the liability principle of intentional tort or negligence.

Notably, PIP in Texas doesn’t cover property and vehicle damages or theft. The coverage doesn’t address any damages to another party’s property and won’t pay for medical expenses and lost wages beyond the coverage limits.

You are in Safe Hands

Most car crashes leave victims confused, and you may not be well enough to begin following up your personal injury TX claim. In this case, you need a reliable attorney specialized in family-oriented PIP cases. Thompson Law Injury Lawyers can help you get the deserved financial buffer in good time to aid recovery.

Thompson Law, one of Dallas’ most reputable law firms, boasts a tremendous success rate in personal injury TX cases. What’s more, we are available around the clock, and you’ll have a qualified lawyer working your case in 15 minutes after reaching out. We thrive in sharing the success of our customers. That is why you will get a free case review from us, and you only pay us if we win.

Call us at (844) 308-8180 today, and we will begin working on your case immediately.

liability insurance

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 6 million automobile crashes reported by police every year in the US. In the state of Texas, not a single day passes by without a road crash. Subsequently, data from the Texas Department of Transportation show there were 14,282 crashes on Texas roads in 2017, resulting in several injuries and deaths. If you get into an accident due to someone else’s carelessness and negligence, you can make a claim against their liability insurance. Notably, there are different types of car insurance, and understanding how each work can help your claim process.

We will look at the basic comprehensive insurance coverage and whether you can file a lawsuit should you get into an accident with a driver who has one.

What Is Comprehensive Insurance?

Apart from covering vehicles in an accident, comprehensive insurance protects against theft, vandalism, legal liability, and damage to third-party properties, including damage to other people’s cars. Signing up for comprehensive insurance coverage guarantees a driver is protected against damages deemed to be their fault. Although comprehensive insurance is an optional coverage, your lender may need it if you’re paying off or leasing your vehicle.

What Is Covered by Basic Comprehensive Coverage?

Some of the injuries and damages covered by comprehensive insurance include:

  • Bodily injury damage: these apply to injuries that a policyholder or designated driver cause to someone else.
  • Medical payments/ personal injury protection: this coverage pays for the treatments of injuries, lost wages, and cost of replacing services. It may also cover burial expenses.
  • Property damage: the coverage pays for damage that a policyholder or someone else driving the car caused to someone else’s property. This means the policy may cover the damage to someone else’s car, buildings, or other structures that the car hits.

Can I Sue a Driver with Basic Liability Insurance?

What is great about liability insurance is that it protects a driver from losses if they damage a third-party person or property. However, in some instances, your automobile accident claim is denied by the insurance company or settled for much less than the case is worth. When you get into a car accident that was not your fault, and a claim is denied, you are entitled to sue the at-fault driver and their insurance company. Before you start a lawsuit, it is essential to obtain the assistance of an attorney who can help dispute the insurance company’s actions.

Car Accident Settlements and Lawsuits

If you decide to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver and their insurance provider, chances are you will never get to court. Studies reveal about 95 percent of personal injury lawsuits settle before a trial. It is in the insurance company’s interest to resolve a car accident claim as quickly as possible and avoid additional costs.

However, it may not be in your best interest to do so. It is crucial to determine the full extent and scope of your losses before you agree to any settlement. If the insurance company fails to offer fair compensation, it may be in your best interest to file a lawsuit.

The Stages of Your Car Accident Lawsuit

Before you start a car accident lawsuit, keep in mind personal injury cases involve a myriad of stages, steps, and procedures. The lawsuit may take a few months to several years to settle. Let’s look at the standard stages of a typical injury lawsuit.

  • Pro tip: injury litigation needs specialized knowledge and experience. It is in your best interest to work with an experienced car accident lawyer.

Stage 1: Pre-Litigation Phase

Before filing a lawsuit, your lawsuit first investigates the crash and collects documents and facts supporting your claims. Pre-litigation involves several steps such as:

  • Initial evaluation: during this step, your attorney discusses the details of your case and determines if a valid personal claim exists.
  • Documentation and calculation of damages: the attorney accesses your medical record and history to gain insights into the extent of physical, emotional, and psychological injuries you suffered from the crash. They will also examine copies of your medical bills to help estimate the total damages.
  • Crash and negligence investigation: the attorney may also investigate the crash scene, obtain copies of police reports, and interview witnesses. Additionally, the attorney may consult with experts such as physicians and medical specialists, engineers and scientists, accident reconstruction experts, and lifecare planners.
  • Insurance company negotiation: your attorney may also negotiate with insurance adjusters to resolve the case without a lawsuit. However, if the parties fail to arrive at a fair settlement, a lawsuit becomes inevitable.

Stage 2: Litigation Phase

The litigation phase involves the formal filing of a lawsuit against the at-fault driver and their insurance. The litigation phase may involve the following steps:

  • Filing a lawsuit: the filing process requires you to provide the court with a written complaint and other documentation, pay a filing fee and serve the papers to the defendant. When filing a case, work closely with your attorney to avoid mistakes that may result in lost compensation or dismissal of the case.
  • Discovery: Discovery is a formal process where you share documents, evidence, and other information with the other party. Both parties’ lawyers ask questions and request relevant documents from each other.
  • Deposition testimony: the deposition testimony stage is a formal process for presenting testimonies called a deposition. These are statements taken under oath given by witnesses, police officers, and other experts.
  • Mediation and settlement negotiations: lawsuits can be unpredictable even when you believe you are well-prepared. Typically, experienced personal injury lawyers may try to settle the case through mediation. Mediation is alternative dispute resolution where parties to a lawsuit negotiate with the help of a neutral mediator appointed by the court.

Stage 3: Trial

If you fail to negotiate a fair settlement, the case goes to trial. As mentioned earlier, most car accident lawsuits are resolved before reaching trial. However, some instances force litigants to take the case to court to get full compensation.

Trial in Court

During the trial process, both sides give evidence, facts, and testimonies to the judge. A group of peers listens to both side’s arguments and review the evidence. The jury will then issue a verdict. If the verdict favors you, the trial process is considered over. If you feel the verdict was not fair, you can file an appeal at the court of appeals.

Let Thompson Law Help Settle Your Car Accident Lawsuit.

Our award-winning team is available 24/7, we are best placed to pursue justice for you in your personal injury suit. Our experienced car accident lawyers will work with you at every stage of the lawsuit process. We are committed to ensuring you get the fair compensation that you deserve. We strongly believe we only win if you do- and we don’t ask for a dime unless we win your case. If you have any questions or need a free and confidential case evaluation, call (866) 293-4768 to speak to our bilingual legal team today, or contact us online!

DWI in Texas

In Texas, the acronyms DUI (driving under the influence) and DWI (driving while intoxicated) refer to an individual operating a vehicle in public while under the influence of a mind-altering substance.  Statistically, about 14% of Texans admit to driving under the influence of alcohol, oblivious of the fatal car accident injuries and damages they might inflict on others.

If you have experienced any injuries after a drunk driver caused an accident in Texas, Thompson Law is here to help. We’re a family-run law firm that works to get you fairly compensated after being hit by a driver charged with DUI or DWI.

DUI vs. DWI in Texas

What Is DWI in Texas?

As per the Texas penal code 49.04, an intoxicated driver operates a vessel, motor vehicle, or even water skis in a public place while:

  • Having more than 0.08% alcohol concentration in blood, urine, or breath for any adult or at least 0.04 % for commercial driver’s license holders
  • Lacking normal physical or mental faculties as a result of alcohol consumption
  • Lacking normal physical or mental faculties after consuming controlled substances like illegal drugs, over the counter medicine, prescriptions, and more

An officer can prove intoxication through the performance of field sobriety tests, the outcome from a Breathalyzer, and results from a drug recognition expert. Thompson Law injury lawyers are experienced and knowledgeable in the area of DUI auto accidents. We can help ensure you get fair value for your claim and aggressively fight your case.

What Is DUI in Texas?

As per the Texas penal code 106.041, persons under the age of 21 years who operate a vehicle in public places under any alcohol influence are DUI. Besides, there is a zero-tolerance policy in Texas towards drugs and alcohol in underage persons.  For instance, if a person is 18 and sips alcohol before driving, an officer can charge them with DUI.

Drunk Driving Accident Legal Process

When a DUI or DWI accident occurs, a criminal investigation is launched into the incident. If the negligent party has prior DUI or DWI convictions or serious injury is caused, they might be charged with a felony.

First, the accident and intoxication are carefully documented by law enforcement to build a case. But obtaining financial compensation for your injuries and losses is a separate matter. DUI and DWI differ from most standard auto accidents because they potentially involve gross negligence and criminal behavior. But remember, a not-guilty verdict doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t eligible for compensation.

Additional Damages in Drunk Driving Accidents

Typical auto accident damages include losses and harms like injury, pain, and suffering, lost income, and medical bills. But in a DWI or DUI case, you might have a right to punitive damages as well.

In Texas, “gross negligence” is described as “willful, extremely reckless behavior.” If the other party is found to have committed gross negligence, you may be able to seek punitive damages—or damages intended to punish the negligent party. Determining whether you qualify for this type of compensation can be tricky. Still, an expert drunk driving accident lawyer can help you navigate these waters.

Thompson Law Drunk Driving Victim Lawyers Can Help

An auto accident caused by a DUI or DWI can result in damaged property, lost wages, and considerable pain and suffering. What’s more, drunk driving accidents can be very complex, making the aftermath just as grueling as the accident itself.

A qualified attorney can handle your case with a trained eye and years of expertise.

A drunk driving lawyer will help you:

  • Handle Medical Bills and Other Damages: While you wait for the resolution of your case, a Texas drunk driving attorney will help you figure out how to pay for mounting bills, medical or otherwise.
  • Deal with Criminal and Civil Proceedings: An expert DWI lawyer can keep you abreast of your case status and advise you every step of the way.
  • Coordinate with Law Enforcement and Other Parties: Many people are involved in a DUI or DWI accident case: insurance companies, law enforcement, witnesses, prosecutors, and the defendant. Keeping communication straight can feel overwhelming, but the best-drunk driving victim attorney will help keep you organized and updated.
  • Hold Your Own with Insurance Companies: The insurance companies will do everything they can to reduce or even deny your settlement altogether. But a savvy attorney will help you stand up to insurance carriers and collect the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today and speak to our bilingual team about the damages and losses caused by a drunk driver. Our case evaluations are absolutely free and confidential.

Get Assistance from Thompson Law Car Accident Lawyers

After a car accident involving a negligent driver, you need an experienced attorney from Thompson Law by your side. No matter how complicated the case may turn out, we will work to get you fair compensation.

Call (844) 308-8180 to speak to our bilingual legal team today, or contact us online! Tell us what happened to you and let us do the fighting for your settlement.

uninsured motorist

A 2015 study published by the Insurance Information Institute revealed that about 14% of Texas motorists were uninsured. It can be a complex case if you get into a car accident where an uninsured driver is involved. It gets worse if the driver cannot afford to pay for all the expenses. You may have to seek help from a lawyer to assist you in getting the proper compensation.

Thompson Law, a family-run law firm in Texas, can help you pursue justice. Led by our managing partner Ryan L. Thompson, our personal injury lawyers won 10 of the Top 50 personal injury settlements in Texas in 2020 according to TopVerdict.  Throughout the personal injury legal process, we remain loyal and committed to our clients, and you only pay when we win.

Read on for insights on what you need to do after a car accident involving an uninsured motorist.

What is an Uninsured Motorist Car Accident?

Anyone who operates a car without the State law’s minimum liability insurance is classified as an uninsured motorist. When such drivers cause accidents that lead to injuries or damages to personal property, it may be difficult to pay for medical and other expenses. Very few uninsured motorists can pay for the damages incurred after a severe accident. As a result, victims may have to personally cover any losses they sustain.

What Steps Should You Take After an Accident with an Uninsured Motorist?

An accident with an uninsured motorist can be complicated; thus, make sure you take the following steps:

File a Police Report

In such an accident, the uninsured driver may try to convince you not to report the accident. In some cases, the responsible party may successfully compel you to do so with emotional manipulations. Avoid such talks with the liable party and do not offer any opinion about the car crash.

It’s also worth noting that failure to report the accident can prevent you from getting compensated by your insurance company or another party that may have contributed to the accident. Even worse, it could make it more difficult to prove who caused the accident. Further, you could possibly face legal charges for leaving the accident scene. The only permissible reasons for you to leave a car accident scene before the police assess it are if you need medical care or the accident scene is in a potentially unsafe situation.

In a nutshell, call the police and wait for them to collect vital details about the car accident. The authorities can include contact details for the liable party and other evidence from the accident scene, including who was at fault.

Gather The Facts

As you wait for the police, evaluate the car wreck to collect as many details as possible to support your claim. For instance, get the following information from the other driver:

  • Name
  • Address
  • License plate number
  • Drivers license
  • Phone and license numbers
  • Insurance details
  • Photos of the property damage to your car and any other cars involved

Also, remember to get other details regarding the surroundings of auto accident, such as:

  • Where the accident happened
  • Driving conditions
  • Time and date of the accident
  • The direction that you and the other driver were heading
  • Location(s) of any debris

It is essential to take such details while still at the scene because you can easily forget some specifics after a few days. If you cannot document them immediately, do it once you are back home. Further, take as many photos as possible of the accident and the surroundings since your insurance company will ask for photo evidence for your claim.

If someone else witnessed the accident, you should also take their contact information. Your lawyer can contact the witness(es) later in case they need more information regarding what happened.

Pursue a Medical Evaluation

In some cases, you may not feel pain immediately after an accident, making you believe you did not suffer any injuries. Note that your adrenaline can conceal these injuries after a crash and may prevent you from feeling pain until after some hours or days later. Consider seeing a doctor or go to for some health evaluations to determine if you sustained any injuries. If you need treatment, your medical providers will get you the necessary help.

Contact Your Insurance Companies

You also need to contact your insurance company after the injuries or damages in a crash with an uninsured driver. Notify your auto insurance and health insurers and be cautious about how you deal with each of them since they have their bottom lines to worry about.

It is also advisable to let your lawyer handle the insurance procedures on your behalf. Our experienced attorneys at Thompson Law know every aspect of the claims process and will assist you in the entire process. Our lawyers will also provide you with all the information you need regarding your insurance policy to understand better how the claim works. Better yet, they will ensure that you get the proper pay for your damages.

Work with a Professional and Trustworthy Attorney

A car crash can be scary, and it can be worse if it involves an uninsured driver. Therefore, always ask for assistance from a car accident attorney to support you through the claim. You can get a lawyer in 15 minutes from Thompson Law to help get the compensation you deserve. Having won over $1.8 billion in compensation for our clients, you can rest assured that we will relentlessly pursue justice for you or your loved one.

Can You Sue an Uninsured Driver?

If a driver is uninsured, you may have to file a lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve for the damages and injuries. Keep in mind that the liable party may not have the total amount to cover the expenses making the process more complicated.

Therefore, make sure you seek assistance from Thompson Law lawyers to make the necessary investigations. You can get a free case review from our car accident attorney, and you only pay when you win.

Get Assistance from Thompson Law Car Accident Lawyers

After a car accident involving an uninsured motorist, you need an experienced attorney from Thompson Law by your side. No matter how complicated the case may turn out, we will work to get you the right compensation. Call (844) 308-8180 to speak to our bilingual legal team today, or contact us online! Tell us what happened to you and let us do the fighting for your settlement.

Statute of Limitations

A study by the Texas Department of Workers Compensation reveals Texas employers recorded over 177,900 non-fatal workplace injuries in 2018.  Additionally, the Texas Department of Transportation recorded 19,506 serious injury crashes, with 30,992 serious injury victims and 3,722 motor vehicle fatalities in 2019. If you had an accident and considering the possibility of bringing a personal injury suit in the state of Texas, Thompson Law Injury Lawyers offers answers to all your questions.

What Is an Injury Claims Statute of Limitations?

The statute of limitations is an imposed statutory limit on the duration you have filed a lawsuit after suffering some type of harm. All the US states have set statutory limits on the duration you have to file an injury lawsuit.

After a slip and fall, traffic accident, and other damages caused by other persons, you could be thinking of filing a personal injury in Texas’s law courts system. Before you do so, you must acquaint yourself with the state’s injury claims statute of limitations.

What Is Texas’ Injury Claims Statute of Limitations?

Texas’s statute of limitations for a personal injury directs that you file the injury lawsuit within a two-year time limit from the date of the injury (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code section 16.003.). You must file your lawsuit within this timeline to avoid losing a chance to receive damages for your injuries as per your rights.

What If I File the Injury Lawsuit After the Deadline?

Should you file your lawsuit after the two-year window has lapsed, the court may refuse to hear that claim. This means you will lose a chance to get fair compensation regardless of how strong your case is. After you file the case, the defendant will likely file a motion to dismiss the case based on a lapsed deadline. The court will summarily dismiss the case. However, there are rare exceptions that may entitle you to extra time. Contact your personal injury attorney whenever you are in doubt.

The Exceptions to Texas’s Injury Statute of Limitations

The state of Texas has identified several situations that may extend the filing deadline to allow litigants to file their injury claims past the two-year limit.

A few scenarios that may likely lead to the modification of the Statute of Limitations include:

Claims Involving Minor

Where the injured person is legally termed as “Under a Legal disability” as per the Texas law, the Statute of Limitations may be modified. A person who is termed as “under a legal disability” could either be under the age of 18 or of “unsound mind” when the accident or incident that caused them personal injuries occurred. In such a case, the deadline clock is paused until the period of legal disability is over. This means that the statute of limitation will be applied once the injured person turns 18 or becomes mentally healthy.

Claims Involving Sex Crimes Against Adults

Under Texas law, a victim of sex crimes should bring a suit for personal injury not later than five years from the day they suffered harm. The injury should arise due to conduct that infringes specific provisions of section 21 and 43 of the Texas Penal code that outlaws sexual assault of an adult, aggrieved sexual assault of an adult, actions that promote the prostitution of an adult, and sexual trafficking of an adult.

Claims Against First-Party Automobile Insurance

In Texas, the deadline for filing the claim against first-party automobile insurance is between two and four years. First-party automobile insurance suits include an underinsured motorist claim, an uninsured motorist claim, or a personal injury protection claim. The lawsuits are filed against your own insurance company according to a written contract.

Some Maritime Claims

Maritime accidents have several statutes of limitations that may apply under state and federal law. However, the standard time for filing maritime claims is three years from when you suffer an injury.

Inherently Undiscoverable Injuries

If an injury qualifies as ‘inherently undiscoverable’ within the two-year statute of limitation, by the exercise of due diligence, a claim can be subject to the discovery rule. If the court rules that the discovery rule applies, the statute of limitations is suspended until such a time when the injury is discovered in the exercise of due diligence.

Asbestos and Silica-Related Claims

Claims for personal injuries or death that result from asbestosis or silica-related illnesses have an extended statute of limitations. The two-year statute limit will not run before the date of the exposed person’s death or and the date that you serve a defendant a required report.

If the Defendant Leaves the State

If the defendant leaves the state of Texas at some point after the accident and before the lawsuit is filed, the deadline clock will pause until their return. As such, the period of their absences is not counted as part of the two years stated in the Statutes of Limitations.

Why Do We Have Statutes of Limitations?

The Statutes of Limitations have been part of the US judiciary system for hundreds of years. The main objective of these rules is to protect the defendants’ rights and enhance the credibility of the court processes. These rules encourage the plaintiffs to pursue their lawsuit with some level of diligence. The statute of limitation also ensures critical evidence is not lost over time. It also guarantees the witnesses who will testify in court can draw on more recent and reliable memories.

Do You Need Help with Personal Injury Claims? Trust Thompson Law Injury Lawyers

A personal injury from road crashes, unsafe environments, or abuse can alter your life and those of your loved ones in an unprecedented manner. After a devastating injury, you need help to deal with insurance companies and lawsuits. At Thomson law, our personal injury lawyers are committed to fight for you and ensure you receive fair compensation so that you focus your energies on full recovery. With us, you only pay when we win. For more details, get a free case review with one of our experienced attorneys at law.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today

Determining fault in a car accident can be a complicated process. However, it is crucial to make such determinations for you to recover from your injuries and losses fully. Car crashes can result in severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), dislocations or bone fractures, neck and spine injuries, and more.  Hiring Thompson Law’s accident and injury lawyers ensure you file a successful claim and get appropriate compensation. At Thompson Law, our initial consultation and case evaluation are free. Call (844) 308-8180 or contact us online today for more details.

police report

In its latest report, the Texas Department of Transportation reported 12,186 car crashes in 2018, with 14,937 people obtaining serious injuries. Given these alarming statistics, it is essential to understand fault and liability in an accident to facilitate fair compensation for those involved.

After an accident, it is best to remain on the scene until the police arrive, especially when you believe the other driver was responsible for the accident. The law enforcement officers will interview all parties involved and witnesses to compile the most accurate police report.

Why Is a Police Report Important?

After an accident, insurance companies often look to determine the at-fault driver to help them decide who’s insurance is responsible for covering the damage. Although a police report is not mandatory to prove fault or liability in a car accident, having one can make the process easier. The following are the other benefits of a police report:

  • Provides helpful evidence– police reports are the law enforcement’s official account of what happened. They often capture important details such as the skid marks’ length and observation of the vehicle’s position on the scene. These details can be relied on when deciding on the driver at fault.
  • Captures officers’ opinion– police reports also include the officers’ opinion on how they think the accident happened. It also clarifies if the driver was issued a ticket at the scene. All these details are helpful when insurance companies are determining fault.
  • Reveals whether a driver violated a law– if law enforcement officers believe a driver violated the law, they may conduct further investigation, issue a citation or even arrest the driver. For example, should the police suspect a driver to be intoxicated, they may perform roadside sobriety tests, blood tests, or breath tests to obtain solid evidence the driver was DUI. An arrest can serve as powerful evidence that determines who was at fault in a car accident.

Can a Police Report Be Entirely Relied on to Determine Fault?

Although a police report is not the only tool used to determine a fault, the report gets it right about 80 percent of the time. However, there are few instances that a police report gets it wrong completely. A police report can get it wrong in a scenario where the injured person cannot speak for themselves because they were rushed to the hospital or, unfortunately, they succumbed to injuries.

In such a scenario, the police officer will only get one version of what happened. If you cannot rely completely on a police report to prove fault, contact Thompson Law immediately. We will send our own investigators and accident reconstruction experts to measure skid marks, take pictures and videos and interview crucial witnesses. These witnesses include other officers on the scene, ambulance personnel, and fire personnel.

How to Make the Most of a Police Report

Here are a few facts that you should know about a police report and how to make the most of them:

1. Request the Service Number

A little fact that most people don’t know is that police reports have unique service numbers assigned for a specific accident scene. Request this number from the responding officers. The number will be crucial when requesting a copy of police reports later. You should also get specific police jurisdiction details of the responding officers for easy follow-up.

2.Beware of the Final Assessment If at Fault

The final assessment of fault is not usually made at the scene. Once a police report captures all details about drivers, witnesses, specific vehicle code violated, weather or road conditions, and mechanical failure, the officers will decide on fault before finalizing the report. This often takes five days to complete.

3. Obtain a Copy of the Police Report

Police reports are public records. Once it is finalized, ensure you get a copy. You may pay a small processing fee for the copy. But Thomson Law will provide you with a free, no-obligation copy. Contact us today, and our experts will order your report and deliver it to you at no charge.

4. Review the Report with Your Attorney

Once you get a copy of the police report, go through it with your attorney to determine whether all facts check out. Ensuring all the information is accurate is important at this stage. Some of the details to focus on include:

    • Date– ensure the date is correct. A date is important when calculating the statute of limitations. These are strict deadlines covering the duration you have to file a claim.
    • Location– you should also check whether the location indicated is correct. The location refers to these specific places where the accident occurred.
    • Party identification– a police report identifies the drivers involved as Party 1(P1) or Part 2P2). Ensure all these details are accurate. You should also check the “Insurance Carrier” and “Policy Number” sections.
    • Vehicle information and owner information– ensure your vehicles’ ownership information has been captured correctly. Check also the other parties’ information. In a scenario where the other vehicle owner is different from the driver, such details are often noted in this section.
    • Witness and passenger information– witness accounts of what happed form an integral part of a police report. Ensure their details are well captured

5. Petition for Amendments of the Police Report

If you notice any errors in the police report, you can petition the police department to amend the report. Errors in police reports can be:

    • Factual errors– these are often simple, verifiable mistakes such as wrong dates or a wrong model of car. Such information can be corrected easily.
    • Incomplete information– should you find overlooked evidence or missing information that doesn’t contradict the officer’s testimony, this information can be added to the report.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today

Determining fault in a car accident can be a complicated process. However, it is crucial to make such determinations for you to recover from your injuries and losses fully. Car crashes can result in severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), dislocations or bone fractures, neck and spine injuries, and more.  Hiring Thompson Law’s accident and injury lawyers ensure you file a successful claim and get appropriate compensation. At Thompson Law, our initial consultation and case evaluation are free. Call 866-275-6370 or contact us online today for more details.

Unlicensed Driver

Driving a vehicle without a license is not only unlawful but has also been reported to increase the risk of car crash injury compared to those holding a driving license. In fact, according to a 2012 report by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 26 percent of the drivers involved in fatal car crashes in Texas are unlicensed.

While driving without a license is against Texas law, this does not mean that an unlicensed driver is always at fault when they’re involved in a car accident. Only if they are found liable for the accident will they be held responsible for paying any damages.

Most unlicensed drivers are uninsured, which can make the process of recovering damages complicated and confusing for you.  That’s why it’s important that you seek help from a well-known DFW personal injury law firm like Thompson Law, so you can receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.

Why Do People Drive Without a License?

Most of the people who choose to drive without licenses fall into one of the following categories:

  • Teenagers who haven’t obtained a license yet or those below the minimum age requirements to apply for a driver’s license.
  • Seniors who may have failed a driving test due to age-related conditions such as visual or cognitive impairment.
  • Foreign nationals who haven’t yet obtained a driver’s license.
  • Individuals who had their licenses revoked due to medical conditions like seizures, or because of careless or reckless driving (i.e., DUIs).

Unlicensed Drivers and Liability

According to Texas law, the status of your driver’s license doesn’t affect the determination of fault when you’re involved in a car accident.  As such, car accidents involving an unlicensed driver will be handled just like any other accident.  This means that if you are at-fault in the accident, you will be held responsible for paying all damages even if the other driver is unlicensed.

Similarly, if the unlicensed driver was at fault, they’ll be required to cover the cost of personal injuries and physical damages plus face a fine for driving without a license. In such a case, however, you need to know whether the car the unlicensed driver was driving is insured before you file a claim.

For instance, if an unlicensed driver causes an accident and is uninsured, they will have to pay you for the damages from their pockets. However, many of the unlicensed drivers don’t have the money to cover all the damages associated with a car accident, making it difficult to get the compensation you deserve. In this case, you may have to look to your own insurance company to cover damages through your UM/UIM coverage.

Also, if the unlicensed driver is driving a loaned vehicle that is insured, you can claim for damages with the owner’s insurance company under the Texas Negligent Entrustment law. But, if they stole the car or didn’t have permission to drive it, your insurer may have to cover damages.

Hiring a personal injury attorney after a car crash with an unlicensed and uninsured driver can help you assess all your potential options for damage recovery. This will prevent you from having to pay for your injuries and damages out of pocket.

The personal injury lawyers at Thompson Law are dedicated to relentlessly seek justice for you if you are injured in an accident involving an unlicensed driver.

Steps to Take When You’re Involved in an Accident with an Unlicensed Driver

While getting involved in a car accident can be frightening and devastating, it is important that you take strategic action to have the strongest case possible, especially, when the at-fault driver is unlicensed. Some of the steps you should take immediately after the accident include:

  1. Call the Police: It is important to involve the police in the case, especially, if the other driver admits to not having a license.  The police report will serve as crucial evidence in your case.
  2. Seek Immediate Medical Attention: You should see a doctor immediately after the accident to ensure you’re properly treated and checked for any hidden injuries. The medical records will help you build a claim later.
  3. Collect Contact Details: Write down the name, contact information, and insurance information of the other driver. If their license is revoked or expired you can go ahead and record that number. If the driver is uninsured, but the vehicle is insured, you should also record those insurance details. Collect the contact information of any witnesses present when the accident occurred.
  4. Take Pictures: You should take photos of the scene of the accident including the damages on the cars and properties as well as pictures of your injuries.
  5. Call A Lawyer: A qualified personal injury attorney can help claim compensation in a car accident involving a driver without a license.

Our professional personal injury attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss what happened to you at NO CHARGE.

How to Protect Yourself as an Unlicensed Driver

While it is possible to claim compensation when you’re involved in a car accident without a license, the other party’s insurer or defense attorney can bring up issues, denying you the compensation you deserve.

That said, you should consider getting a driver’s license soonest possible if you have never had one.  You may also want to renew your license if it’s already expired or sort out any issues preventing you from having one. This will help your case with insurance companies as it prevents them from using your lack of a license against you.

Besides that, it is always recommended that you work with a qualified attorney if you’re involved in a car accident and you’re an unlicensed driver to help gather the necessary evidence to build a strong case to help prove the other person’s liability.

Contact a Car Accident Attorney at Thompson Law

According to Texas laws, driving without a license is illegal and could cost you a hefty fine or even result in imprisonment. Even worse, if an unlicensed driver causes a car crash, they may face serious liability claims alongside the punishment of driving without a license.

With that in mind, it is good to work with a personal injury lawyer to help you get the right compensation when you or your loved one sustains injuries from a car accident with an unlicensed driver.

At Thompson Law, our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is prepared to handle your car accident case on your behalf, including those that involve unlicensed drivers. We are a well-known DFW personal injury law firm that proudly serves families within the Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and surrounding areas.

We understand getting in a car accident can be frightening, devastating, and even downright confusing and that’s why we are here to help you during this difficult time. We will utilize all our available resources to vigorously pursue the insurance companies to obtain the compensation you deserve.

All you need to do is to call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION at (866) 293-4768, and our personal injury lawyers will get started.

Our Results

Accidents happen every day. However, when these accidents result in devastating injuries and life-long debilitating pain because of another person’s wrongful actions, the situation can often become unbearable. Additionally, oftentimes, the amount of time you have to file a legal claim to collect compensation for these injuries is limited. Learn all the ins and outs about suing in Texas.

Navigating these situations can be tricky and confusing. We know that here at Thompson Law. With our expertise in helping clients win more than $1.8 billion on their cases, we want to help you better understand the timeline of suing someone in Texas.

The Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is a law that dictates the maximum amount of time you have to start legal proceedings from the date of an alleged offense. If you do not file your claim within this allotted time, you may be barred from obtaining compensation for your injuries. Additionally, two other essential takeaways from the statute of limitations law include:

  • The length of time allowed under the statute of limitations will depend on the jurisdiction where the case is being disputed and the severity of the offense.
  • There are several exceptions to the rule that can extend or decrease the amount of time you have to file.

How Long Can You Wait to Sue in Texas

In Texas, the statute of limitations depends on the type of accident or incident you were involved in. Consider the following offenses:

One-Year Statute of Limitations

  • Libel
  • Slander
  • Malicious prosecution

Two-Year Statute of Limitations

In general, the two-year statute of limitations is the norm for those torts that involve some sort of trespass to personal property, the body, or even land. Typically, the claims subject to the two-year statute of limitations include:

  • Personal Property Damages
  • Personal Injury Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Trespass

 Four-Year Statute of Limitations 

The four-year statute of limitations is often reserved for lawsuits that involve a contractual obligation. These suits often involve disputes over someone’s actions related to a contract, such as debt collection suits, breach of contract, or a breach of fiduciary duty.

If you have been involved in an accident, it may be hard to determine which statute of limitations applies to your case. That is why it is vital to reach out to one of our skilled personal injury attorneys, who can promptly review your case and figure out exactly how much time you have to file your claim.

Exceptions to the Texas Statutes of Limitations

Many people often assume that the statute of limitations is a deadline that is unchangeable, and even though it is a relatively strict timeline. There are a few narrow exceptions to the Texas statute of limitations that can impact the amount of time you have to file:

  • The Age of the Victim: Usually, the statute of limitations will be delayed if the person affected by an accident is under 18. In these situations, the statute of limitations is delayed until the individual turns 18 years old.
  • Concealment that is Fraudulent: One of the most common exceptions to the statute of limitations is fraud. The fraud clause applies if the defendant concealed information from the victim and the victim did not know about this information. When fraud is involved, the statute of limitations will not start until the information is discovered or could have been reasonably discovered.
  • Unsound Mind: Generally, if the victim was of unsound mind when an accident occurred, the statute of limitations will not begin until they are of sound mind.
  • The Discovery Rule: Normally, the statute of limitations clock begins to tick as soon as an injury occurs. However, when victims are unaware of their harm, the statute of limitations timeline does not begin until they discover or reasonably should have discovered their injuries.
  • Government Agencies: If a government agency is liable for your harm, special rules can apply to limit how much time you have to file your case and how much money you can collect.

Because of these legal nuances that apply to the Texas statute of limitations, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to help you navigate whether or not you have a case. Our lawyers can swiftly review the facts of your case and determine if any of these exceptions apply.

Get the Legal Help From an Experienced Legal Team You Can Trust

If you have been harmed in an accident, you are going through a lot. Not only are you battling severe injuries and significant pain, but many times the legal issues you are tackling are complex and tedious. However, you do not have to go through this ordeal on your own. At the personal injury law firm of Thompson Law, we can help you understand your legal options while we fight zealously for you and your rights.

When you work with Thompson Law, our legal team focuses on providing you with the following experience:

  • Family Feel: We have an empathy-first approach to all of our cases. You are already going through a difficult time and we want to make this as easy as possible for you. Our team cares about you and wants the best outcome for your case to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and struggle.
  • Attention You Deserve: We are available 24/7 and have various contact methods, ensuring you can get a lawyer in 15 minutes or less. We have the power of a large firm but our team cares about our clients as family, making sure you get the attention you need. We offer language assistance through our competent bilingual legal staff.
  • Results: We fight vigorously for our clients, and since our founding, we have won over $1.8 billion for them through settlement awards and jury verdicts. Our fees are not the goal, and we only get paid when you succeed.

If you have suffered an injury because of another person’s wrongful actions, we are ready to take on your case and go after the damages and justice you deserve. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, contact our firm today and get a free case review to get your most urgent questions answered and discuss the legal options you can pursue. Call us at (866) 293-4768 today for a free case evaluation and let our experienced Dallas auto accident lawyer represent your case.

fault in a car wreck

It is natural to feel rattled or agitated after a car crash. But the last thing you want is to let your emotions overrule your judgment. Whether or not you are at fault in a car wreck, at no cost should you ever admit the liability! Here are some reasons to justify that stand:

What is a ‘No-Fault State and an ‘At-Fault State?

Different states handle car accidents and insurance payouts differently. Your insurance coverage also determines whether you meet the required legal threshold in a particular state. You may also hear about ‘at-fault’ and no-fault systems.

A ‘no-fault’ system means that either party involved in a car wreck pursues compensation for property damage and the injuries they sustain. Each party is compensated through their personal injury protection coverage.

In an ‘at-fault’ system the party responsible for causing the accident compensates you through their insurance. Texas is an at-fault state. Luckily, you can easily access a car wreck Dallas lawyer with a free consultation.

There Could be More to the Accident than Meets the Eye

Car accidents tend to be complicated and require an in-depth investigation for an accurate finding of what transpired. True, you may have been at fault, but that could be the result of several other contributing factors.

Refraining from admitting fault and letting the police and the insurance company conduct an in-depth investigation may limit your liability if they find that you were only partly responsible for the crash.

Some hidden factors that could have contributed to the accident may include;

  • Risky road conditions
  • Defectiveness or sudden malfunctioning of critical car parts
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Perhaps the other motorist was, unbeknown to you, under the influence of alcohol.
  • Perhaps you never saw the stop sign due to its obstruction by a neglected street tree.

Should you admit the fault for the car wreckage in Texas, you shall have accepted to assume liability for the other party’s injuries and damages. And that is a rather unfair responsibility to bear, considering that there is a chance that you were only partially responsible for the accident, in which case you may be eligible for compensation.

If you are doubtful that the police and the insurance company may not give an accurate statement about the accident, ensure you reach out to a car wreck Dallas attorney as soon as possible.

Insurance Companies May be Quick to Deny Your Claim

Like other companies, insurance providers are in the business to make money, and they can only realize that feat by maximizing cash inflows while minimizing outflow. As such, they will find any reason to deny you the compensation to keep their books balanced – do not give them an easy way to justify their resolution by admitting fault in a car crash!

One of the first actions to take after a collision is to call your insurer, informing them about the incident and the extent of the damage. The insurer then sends an insurance adjuster or representative to the site to conduct investigations and interrogations concerning the crash.

It is OK to answer relevant questions and provide basic information such as your name and contact information. However, you want to refrain from answering any questions that may jeopardize your chances of getting compensated. Some of the questions to decline answering include:

  • What caused the accident?
  • Whose fault was it?
  • What were you doing at the time of the crash?
  • Were you, by any chance, under the influence when driving?
  • Were you aware of any defects in the car?

Most of all, you should avoid talking to the insurance adjusters altogether. If you must, only provide short and direct explanations, and ensure that they correspond to what you told the police who responded to the incident.

Insurers are known manipulators, and they might trick you into twisting the facts even without you knowing. That is why it is always an excellent idea to have your auto accident lawyer on standby to intervene on your behalf.

You could Jeopardize Your Chances of Recovering any Compensation for the Damages

Admitting to being at fault after an accident has varying consequences, depending on the state where the accident took place. Some states may limit you from recovering any damages if you are responsible for the wreckage. In other states, you might pursue compensation as long as the wreck was not 100% your fault.

For example, in Texas, there is the proportionate responsibility – a system that grants you the privilege of only assuming the responsibility for the exact level of damage you caused to the other motorist.

For example;

Let us assume that there is a car accident involving driver A and driver B. The former gets severely injured and sues the latter for negligence. The jury decides to award driver A $200,000 in compensation but later finds out that the injured driver was partly, say 25%, responsible for the wreck, meaning driver B takes 75% of the liability. In this case, the injured driver would only receive compensation for the proportion of the damage caused by the at-fault driver, i.e., $150,000.

Furthermore, the state of Texas follows the “51% bar rule,” which forbids a car accident victim from claiming damages if they have a share of responsibility of at least 51 percent. In other words, you can only become eligible for compensation if you contributed less than half of the entire damages from the car wreck.

Please note the difference between 50% and 51% liability. If you are found to be 50% responsible for the car crash, you may still get compensated. However, if you are 51% or more culpable for the accident, you get nothing in compensation.

But above all, it may be quite challenging to recover any damages if you had already admitted to being at fault for the wreck. You cannot take back your words and mount the blame on the other motorist, either fully or partially. Contacting a personal injury attorney immediately after the incident can save you from compromising your chances of getting compensated.

Thompson Law is Here to Help

If you or your loved one have been involved in a car wreck and you are unsure whose fault it is, do not hesitate to reach out to a personal injury attorney at (844) 308-8180. Let a knowledgeable lawyer fight tooth and nail to protect your legal interests while healing from the injuries.

Here at Thompson Law, we are a dedicated team of attorneys who handle all auto accident cases in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Houston, San Antonio, and the surrounding areas. No issue is too big or too small for us, and as a gesture of goodwill, you do not pay us anything unless and until we deliver the victory. Fill out our contact form for a free review of your case.

Hidden Injuries

The stats on auto accidents are frightening. Did you know that a staggering 20-50 million people suffer non-fatal injuries annually, often resulting in long-term disabilities?

Some injuries are usually apparent after the accident, such as broken bones, cuts, bruises, and facial scars. However, hidden injuries are never noticeable at a glance, but that doesn’t mean they’re non-existent. When left alone, they can cause excruciating pain, discomfort, and in worst-case scenarios, loss of life.

Below are the top five hidden injures to look out for if you or your loved ones have recently been involved in a car accident.

 

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injury is one of the most excruciating car accident injuries that anyone can persevere. When you get involved in a car accident, and your head uncontrollably strikes against any surface, you’re likely to sustain a TBI. That blast usually causes the brain to bang the skull, impairing its normal functioning.

And judging by the brain’s internal position in the body, it may be easy to assume that you can’t get TBI from a car accident, but that’s furthest from the truth. About 2 million Americans fall victim to the condition annually, out of whom 275,000 require medical attention.

It’s worth noting that TBI not only results from blasting the head against a hard surface; it can also occur if the brain gets jolted forcefully in different directions.

Common TBI symptoms include:

  • severe headaches
  • dizziness
  • sleep loss
  • memory loss
  • light sensitivity
  • seizures
  • overall body weakness
  • depression
  • vision impairment
  • personality change/aggressiveness

 

If you or your loved ones suffer a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligent driving, be sure to get in touch with your personal injury attorney to explore your legal rights.

 

Herniated Discs

When you get involved in accidents like rear-end crashes, sideswipes, or front-end impacts, the trauma may bulge, push, rupture, or herniate the water-filled discs between your spine. If the herniation causes the discs to extrude out of space, they may cause inflammation to the nerve endings due to the excessive pressure.

Further, the nerve inflammation may cause numbness in the arms, hands, and legs and transmit pain throughout the body. In the cause of a car accident, herniated discs are more likely to affect the neck area than the back as the former is more vulnerable. Victims often report excruciating pain and muscle control loss, especially in the arms and legs.

Herniated discs usually become apparent immediately, although some symptoms may appear a few weeks or months after a car crash. If left alone or treated improperly, herniated discs may require surgery, consequently extending the recovery period. In rare-case scenarios, the condition may have a long-lasting effect even after attempting treatment, forcing you to endure the pain.

But never suffer silently after a car accident resulting in herniated discs. Discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer who can help you seek compensation for medical costs, lost income, pain, and suffering.

 

Psychological Injuries

Car accidents don’t cause physical injuries alone; psychological and emotional states also get affected. If you get into a tragic accident, you may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or “car phobia,” i.e., an unusual fear of driving a vehicle or sitting in one.

A psychologist may help by offering coping techniques to overcome the symptoms. But the unpleasant news is, phobias or psychological traumas aren’t treatable in one appointment, meaning the bills may be unbearable in case of delayed recovery. Nonetheless, we recommend you seek help as soon as you develop the first symptoms to speed up healing and save on costs.

But most importantly, you want to consult your personal injury lawyer to help you seek justice and compensation for your psychological injuries due to a car crash.

 

Paralysis Injuries

Did you know that about 5.4 million Americans struggle with paralysis today? The condition occurs when the spinal cord loses its normal functioning due to an accident or disease. It can affect the entire body or just some parts.

When an accident occurs and impacts the spinal cord, it consequently causes blockage of signals from the brain to the nerves. This makes the injured person unable to move part of the body impacted.

Don’t get it wrong, though; paralysis can result from various factors, with spinal cord injuries taking the lion’s share due to its vulnerability in case of a crash. Other causes may include blocked arteries (muscle damage), head and neck injuries.

 

What’s more frustrating is that the pain and suffering resulting from a paralysis injury isn’t limited to the condition alone. It can lead to additional illnesses, causing more suffering and unimaginable hospital bills. Good news: if you or your loved one suffer a paralytic injury due to someone else’s negligence, a paralysis injury attorney can help you file a suit and pursue compensation.

 

Knee Damage

Knee injuries from car accidents can come in various forms, including visible ones like cuts and bruises and hidden ones like tone ligaments and soft tissue damages. The hidden injuries may be more complicated and often require long-term medical attention.

To confirm that knee injuries are usually more severe than you may think, sometimes, a doctor’s treatment fails, referring victims to a physical therapist. And in worst-case scenarios, the doctor may recommend therapy. Either way, the treatment process takes weeks, months, or years, with the medical bills piling up.

If you or your loved one sustain a knee injury due to another person’s negligent driving, don’t just suffer silently. Contact a Texas personal injury lawyer to exercise your legal rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.

 

Thompson Law Can Help

Here at Thompson Law, we understand the potentially long-lasting damages, pain, and suffering that can result from a car accident. Don’t fight the battle alone; let us leverage our immense expertise, knowledge, and experience to help restore your dignity and get the compensation you deserve. Be pro-active, don’t wait until your hidden injuries are suddenly apparent or become critical.

If you’ve sustained injuries in a car accident, call us today at 844-308-8180 or get in touch with our personal injury lawyers for a free review of your case. Remember, you don’t have to pay us a dime until we win your case!

good samaritan law

Picture this: you’re at a roadside cafe enjoying your coffee when suddenly, a car runs the red light in front of the building, hits a person in the pedestrian walk, then speeds off. Coffee was forgotten, you jump to your feet and sprint to the scene to offer aid. This reaction seems like the obvious thing to do, despite the help not being requested or owed. You provided care voluntarily. While potentially life-saving, this act could have just exposed you to litigation. Fortunately, to protect people in these situations, lawmakers enacted the Good Samaritan Law. 

A Good Samaritan is anyone who, in good faith, comes to the aid of an injured person and renders emergency care or assistance without expecting anything in return. Despite being a voluntary act, the Good Samaritan still owes the stranger the duty of being reasonably careful. 

What is the Good Samaritan Act? 

Different states have varying statutes and guidelines as well as exceptions and boundaries regarding the Good Samaritan Act. For instance, in Texas, the law protects individuals who volunteer to render help in good faith to those most in need. In particular, the Act states that if a bystander sincerely administers emergency care to an injured party (at the accident scene), they shall not bear liability for any damages resulting from the care administration. 

Put otherwise, the Texas Good Samaritan Act bars an auto accident victim from filing a lawsuit for damages resulting from another person’s honest intentions of offering emergency care. Lawmakers passed the Act to encourage people to come to the rescue of others who are in dire need of emergency assistance. 

Before that, many people were hesitant to offer help because they were afraid of getting sued by the victim should anything go wrong. Suppose a Good Samaritan lifted the victim from their damaged car and twisted a spine during the process. In that case, the injured party could sue the sincere helper for liability for damages if the twist resulted in a permanent disability. But that is no longer actionable, thanks to the Texas Good Samaritan Law. However, as we hinted earlier, the law has some limitations, boundaries, and exceptions. 

Legal Exceptions for the Good Samaritan Law 

If any of the following exceptions apply to your case as a Good Samaritan, you could still face legal liability for the victim’s damages or injuries. They include: 

Gross Negligence 

If a Good Samaritan renders emergency aid categorizing as gross negligence, the victim can still pursue a civil action against the helper. Lawmakers included this exception to ensure that people who volunteer to provide emergency aid do so reasonably, not to worsen the situation. Gross negligence would typically occur if the person trying to help greatly worsened an injury or created a new injury for the victim. 

Compensated Medical Professionals 

If a healthcare professional expects compensation for coming to the scene and providing specialized care, but the situation is not handled correctly, the accident victim can sue the nurse, first-aid technician, or doctor for negligent care. 

Business Purposes 

Any individual at the emergency scene with the sole objective of soliciting business may be liable for the victim’s injuries or damages. These may include licensed medical personnel, insurance companies, or law firms. Furthermore, if a tow truck company causes additional damages to the victim’s car while towing it, they can get sued for it. 

Other Good Samaritan exceptions apply to: 

  • Any individual (other than a healthcare professional) expecting to get compensated for rendering emergency aid. 
  • A licensed nurse, emergency response technician, or doctor who administers emergency health services regularly. 
  • An individual who is responsible for making the victim vulnerable to the harm incurred. For example, an at-fault driver offering to render emergency support to the injured victim. 

Suppose you’re not sure whether the aid provider is liable for your injuries/damages or not. In that case, we highly recommend you discuss your case with a personal injury attorney for an in-depth deliberation. 

More Legal Liability Protections of Texas Good Samaritan Act 

The Act provides additional legal immunity to the following groups: 

  • Medical personnel who are neither licensed nor certified for healing arts but act in good faith to help during an emergency. 
  • A person who uses a portable automated external defibrillator to check the car accident victim’s heart rhythm. In this case, the person can give the victim an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm in life-threatening situations such as when the victim suffers cardiac arrest. 
  • Suppose the accident victim is in a near-drowning situation, and Good Samaritan volunteers to attempt saving their life using CPR. In that case, they can’t take legal action against the aid provider. That is, they can’t sue the volunteer acting in good faith even if the chest compressions resulted in broken ribs or deflated lung. 

Key Takeaways About Texas Good Samaritan Law 

  • You are not legally obligated to assume the Good Samaritan role during an emergency. But if you volunteer to offer aid, you must practice the duty of care to avoid implicating yourself for potential liability. 
  • If you choose to provide support, it needs to be stabilization only. 
  • The auto accident victim should not object to getting assisted. And if the accident victim is not capable of giving the go-ahead, the standard is to move forward withimplied consent. 
  • Medical personnel offering emergency aid may get exonerated for ordinary negligence, but not willful, gross, or wanton conduct. 
  • If you’re unsure whether your aid provider has legal immunity or bears legal liability for your damages, ensure you liaise with your injury attorney as soon as possible. 

Determining if the Good Samaritan Law Impacts Your Case 

There’s no denying that the Texas Good Samaritan Act can be challenging to navigate on your own, especially considering that it has confusing exceptions and statutes. The good news is that a personal injury attorney can help you understand everything and provide advice on how to navigate your situation. Whether you’re the Good Samaritan or the injured victim, you need a lawyer to explore your options. 

Here at Thompson Law, we have a dedicated team of Attorneys who take their work seriously, having successfully recovered over  $1.8 billion in settlements and victories. If you have sustained auto accident injuries or have been accused of injuring someone else, fill out our contact form or call us at 866-275-6370 we are available 24/7 and we offer a free case review. 

police pursuit

High-speed police chases have become a normal part of everyday life in urban American society. The dangerous criminal pursuits are on the news every day. While the police chase down criminals, it is not uncommon for innocent bystanders and road users to get injured or killed in the process.

More than 350 people are killed in police car chases every year, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Out of this, more than a third are innocent bystanders who just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Accidents that result from high-speed police chases get complicated when they are caused by the police car. If your vehicle is hit by a police car pursuing a suspect, you have rights under the law to demand compensation.

Most victims fail to realize that all they need to do is hire a good lawyer, and they may get compensated for injuries and damages. The right course of action to take if you are a victim is to get a free case review to figure out the right way forward.

Who Is At Fault?

When you sue for a personal injury claim, you are essentially asking the law to intervene in getting you compensated. Legal jargon aside, you are looking to have the party at fault for your injuries and damage pay for their mistakes or negligence.

Because accidents resulting from police chases happen fast and without warning, it can be challenging to finger the party at fault in court.

However, as with any other legal case, the fault is determined by which driver on the road was negligent. If a police car rammed your vehicle, it is the fault of the police car driver, regardless of who they are.

The strength of an injury claim against a police car often depends on what the officer was doing at the time of the accident. Was he/she responding to an emergency or plainly chasing down a suspect who ran a red light? Were his vehicle’s sirens and headlights on to warn other road users or not?

If your attorney can prove that the officer was negligent in causing the accident, then you will have a strong basis to file a claim

 

Police Departments’ Policy on Vehicle Chases

The FBI published an alarming report that showed the high number of fatalities resulting from car chases. Consequently, many police departments have restricted and even prohibited high-speed pursuits on public roads. However, vehicle pursuits are still prevalent in the country.

If you or someone you care about is involved in an accident resulting from a police pursuit, the police are mandated to help you out. This means that even if the police believe it is not their fault, they should help you determine who is to blame.

Injuries and damages resulting from police action are reported every day. Even when the police follow protocol in chasing suspects, your right to safety trumps the need to apprehend the criminal.

 

Notice of Claim

It is an acceptable policy that police officers should chase and arrest criminals. However, the policy must never put the public at risk. Police departments have to balance the good in chasing a suspect vis-a-vis the risks involved. When something goes wrong, and an innocent victim is injured or property affected, someone must pay.

The evaluation of your injury case narrows down to determining who will bear the cost of injury and damages.

If you or someone you care about is injured by a police car, you can file a claim seeking compensation for:

  • Cost of medical bills
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Vehicle repairs

Before you can file a claim, you are legally required to provide the police with a notice of claim, or “Tort Claim.” This is a standard form that highlights the points of your claim, including sustained injuries and a request for damages.

In some cases, the police department may admit liability and respond with a settlement offer. You can discuss this offer with your attorney to determine if it is fair. If not, you can decide to counter the offer or proceed with further action.

 

Essential Points to Consider Before Filing a Claim

Who Pays the Damages?

Your compensation claim will need to identify the party responsible for the accident. In some cases, even when the police car hits you or your vehicle, the instigator who is ultimately reliable for the cost may be the criminal being chased.

You need an experienced lawyer to help you determine who will pay the costs before filing the claim. Proving gross negligence is a demanding task whose success depends on good preparation.

There are, however, some circumstances that may give your case an edge over the police. For instance:

  • If the police caused the accident in a place where police car chases are prohibited.
  • If you can prove that the police acted negligently such as driving on the wrong side of the road.
  • In rare cases, the police department may be liable if the police car malfunctioned or the driver was not properly trained to engage in hot pursuits.

It is also important to consider whether you are insured for such an eventuality. Your vehicle insurance may be the best way to recover the injury treatment and car repair expenses costs.

Beware of The Statute of Limitations

There is a time limit for how long you can file a personal injury claim. In most states, this is three years from the day of the injury. There is a 2-year Statute of Limitations in Texas, meaning that, in most instances, you have to file a claim for compensation within 24 months from the accident date.

Do not make the mistake many police negligence victims make: that filing a claim is too expensive and demanding that it may not be worth it. Do not make any firm decisions before talking to a lawyer.

A good law firm would not be overly-focused on the fee at the beginning. After all, they only get paid when you win, and if you lose they lose. A brief case review can help you determine the chances of winning the claim.

 

Conclusion

If you or someone you care about is involved in a police hot pursuit accident, you must not avoid pursuing compensation. The law protects you in more ways than one from such negligence and accidents. It is crucial, though, that you partner with a good lawyer with experience handling such cases.

Are you in Texas and need to file a claim against the police? Thompson Law may be just the firm to turn to so call 1-844-308-8180. The family-oriented law firm is best placed to provide you with a comprehensive free case review. Fill out our contact form and get a lawyer in 15 minutes or less.

pip vs med pay

As a top personal injury law firm, we’re no stranger to the complexities of auto insurance and the stress that can come from selecting coverage for the greatest safety and preparedness. We’ve talked in the past about types of auto coveragesdealing with defendants’ insurance companies, and even exposed some of the worst practices, but a deeper dive into coverage specifics deserves discussion. Today, we’re tackling the essential guide for two types of coverage that often cause confusion: PIP vs Med Pay, or Personal Injury Protection vs Medical Payment.

If you are seeking a personal injury law firm, or simply have questions about personal injury protection in Texas, Thompson Law is here to help. Ryan L. Thompson has gathered an elite team of attorneys and legal professionals who are dedicated to fighting for your best outcome after a serious accident causes harm to you or someone you love. Thompson Law is equipped to answer your call anytime day or night, 365 days a year. Our goal is always to provide excellent results while delivering excellent client service every step of the way. To learn more, reach out and contact us here or at the number below.

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What Defines PIP vs Med Pay?

First, it’s important to understand what defines each type of coverage.

Medical Payments (Med Pay): Coverages for the medical bills that result from an accident where you and your passengers were hurt.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP): Coverage for medical payments for you and your passengers in an accident, regardless of fault, and also helps cover other documented losses from the event, such as lost wages, or in some cases essential home services for the injured party.

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What Is Covered By PIP and Med Pay?

Apart from the basics of what Med Pay and PIP each generally cover, there are some important distinctions to understand. The Texas Office of Public Insurance Council (OPIC) delineates a few key differences in the scope of each. Texas also has a no-fault system, meaning that regardless of who causes a crash, drivers with PIP or Med Pay coverage will receive a payout.

Auto insurers in Texas are legally required to offer PIP coverage. $2,500 per person is the minimum coverage that is automatically extended to each insured individual. It is an option to reject this coverage. You must do so in writing, and it is not recommended as doing so eliminates a guaranteed safety net in the event you experience an accident. PIP also covers the policyholder, any driver was given permission to drive the policyholder’s motor vehicle, any passengers in the vehicle at the time of the crash, and any family members living in the policyholder’s household. The payout for PIP claims can cover any accident-related medical and funeral expenses within three years of the accident.

PIP additionally pays 80% of lost wages that result from the accident. Unemployed injured parties can receive payment for certain essential household services that the individual provides, including activities such as child care or lawn care.

Benefits of PIP include:

  • Healthcare costs: doctor visits, surgery, hospitalization, medication and medical supplies, imaging and laboratory tests, rehab, nursing care, psychiatric care, dental treatment, optical treatment, chiropractic treatment.
  • Funeral costs: ceremonies, burial, cremation
  • Survivor’s loss: surviving dependents may be eligible for a payout after the loss of a family member providing family income.
  • Essential Services: help with costs of maintaining a home or caring for children

In Texas, insurance companies are not required to offer Med Pay. Like PIP, Med Pay also covers accident-related medical and funeral expenses. However, it only pays for expenses within a year of the accident, it does not cover certain medical treatments such as chiropractic care, it only reimburses for health insurance deductibles and co-pays.

Med Pay does not pay for ancillary costs in the way that PIP does. There is no protection or reimbursement for lost wages or designated essential services.

Benefits of Med Pay include:

  • Quick payment of medical costs, regardless of fault for the accident.
  • Unlike a health insurance plan, there is no deductible or co-pay for Med Pay.
  • You have coverage as a passenger in another’s vehicle, on public transit, or traveling by foot or bike.

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Is PIP or Med Pay Right for You?

Choosing the right coverage for your auto policy is a personal decision and is not always straightforward. Factors to consider arewhat is offered in your state, your comfort level with required minimum coverage, consideration of the possibility of being struck by a minimally insured driver, if you have health insurance, and if you have other benefits or safety nets through your employment for time missing work.

For some, the decision is as straightforward as accepting the legally required offering of PIP or supplementing their limited liability coverage with Med Pay. However, it’s always best to assess the details of an insurance policy before signing on. Doing so can save you future regret.

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The Bottom Line for PIP and Med Pay

Both PIP and Med Pay offer extremely valuable coverage in the event of an auto accident. Your specific risk profile, financial situation, and the requirements in the state where you live will all determine what is your best coverage option.

If you have questions or are uncertain about the coverages included in your policy and the degree of protection that they offer you, don’t hesitate to ask for clarity. At any point from purchasing your insurance coverage, to paying your premium, to filing a claim, you are entitled to ask for clear explanations from your insurance provider.

If you have been involved in an accident and have questions or concerns about fully and fairly receiving your PIP or Med Pay payout, it’s important to contact an experienced personal injury law firm. These experts can provide advice for your unique situation to ensure that you get the maximum benefit of your insurance coverage without any runaround from the insurance company.

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Thompson Law is Here to Help with Your Insurance Claim Demands

If you suspect that you are not being treated fairly by the insurance companies in regard to your PIP or Med Pay benefits after a serious accident, you should speak to a personal injury attorney right away. These coverages both pay regardless of the at-fault party in an accident, so any benefits you deserve under these coverage terms should not be contested. Sadly, insurance companies give their customers the runaround every day. Here at Thompson Law, we see such treatment all too often.

The good news is that you aren’t alone. Thompson Law’s dedicated team of personal injury professionals and experts are standing by to take your call and help you with your case. Not only are you able to contact our firm 24/7, and you will also always be connected with a real human who can answer your questions and get your case opened and started right away. Our goal is to win the absolute best possible settlement for each and every case, but we don’t consider our job done unless we have provided 5-star client service throughout that process. We have helped thousands of clients and won over $1.8 billion for these deserving individuals. Reach out today to get Thompson Law on your case.

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The State of Texas has a statute of limitations of two (2) years for personal injury cases, so if you have suffered injury and pain after an accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation.  Call Thompson Law  right away for assistance with your injury and claim. We will be happy to answer your call or  web inquiry  right away and can provide you with information, options, and advice – completely risk-free and at no cost to you.

Ryan Thompson has been named to TopVerdict's Top 20 Settlement List

Thompson Law is proud to announce that our firm has been awarded a ranking on the TopVerdicts list of Top 20 Settlements in Texas in 2018!

TopVerdict is an institution that annually ranks and recognizes U.S. Law Firms and attorneys who have obtained one of the highest jury verdicts, settlements, or court awards generally and in specific disciplines throughout the nation and individual states. Recognition from this independent organization is different from other publications, because TopVerdicts awards recipients based on historic facts, not opinions of peers or legal panels. Additionally, due to the short list lengths compiled by the organization, and the independent selection criteria, recognition is both prestigious and unbiased. These awards are earned, not bought, and very few firms receive recognition more than once.

Despite this competitive selection standard, Thompson Law is in consideration for the next year’s ranking. As we eagerly await the 2019 top verdicts (currently under review, with publishing beginning in mid-April and continuing through 2020), we are enjoying a time of reflection and gratitude for the award.

Managing Partner Ryan L. Thompson represented the plaintiff in this case against two different insurance companies and their team of lawyers. The plaintiff in the case had been injured in a tragic boating accident, which ultimately resulted in Mr. Thompson securing a settlement of over $1.3 million. The settlement allowed for critical access to the medical treatment required by our client. The compensation from the settlement will also offer the financial resources necessary to support our client through the difficult period of life this accident caused for her and her loved ones. Reflecting on the experience of winning this settlement, Mr. Thompson shared that, This case presented unique issues related to the liability of the parties involved, however, we were able to vigorously represent our client, and ultimately, achieve an outcome that would support all required medical treatment and ensure our client has the financial resources she needs moving forward from this horrific accident.A relentless pursuit of excellence in representation certainly paid off, both in the result for the accident victim, and less importantly, for the achievement of our exceptional legal team.

At Thompson Law, our sincerest wish, and sustaining motivation, is to see each and every client we represent get the best treatment and fullest recovery possible, and to receive the maximum compensation possible. As a family-oriented firm, we have seen our own loved ones suffer the pain and challenges that grievous accidents can cause, so we have great empathy for the plight our clients are facing. We are driven by a passion to win justice for the people we serve, and work tirelessly to achieve extraordinary results. It can be easy to loose sight of achievements in the hustle and bustle of helping more people and fighting so hard, but moments like these give room for pause. It’s an honor and a privilege to do the work we do for our clients, and it’s also a great honor to receive recognition of our success.

For more information, or if you need help after an accident, please contact us here or call 1-800-LION-LAW.

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The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years, so if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Call 4 and get the roar right away for assistance with your injury and claim: 214-444-4444, 817-444-4444, 972-444-4444, 469-444-4444, or toll-free at 1-469-565-0075.

TBI attorney

When was the last time you heard someone plan in advance to hire a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) attorney? Never? We understand. Planning for unexpected and traumatic events is never fun, and often is pushed to the bottom of the priority list. Unfortunately, TBI is not is as uncommon as you may think, so it is wise to plan for the possibility of such an injury and the steps you take afterward.

What exactly is a traumatic brain injury? A TBI is any brain dysfunction caused by an outside force to the body. The terms “mild,” “moderate” and “severe” are descriptors for the brain function effects and injury severity. It should be noted that even mild injury to the brain is still serious. Such injuries require prompt medical attention and a highly accurate diagnosis.

When an accident happens that results in blows to the head, or rapid movement of the brain within the skull, serious consequences can occur. Particularly following a head injury, it can be difficult to know if you need a TBI attorney. There are a few key indicators that should prompt you to talk to an experienced TBI attorney, such as:

  1. You have a TBI that was caused in an accident due to the negligence of another party
  2. You’re experiencing TBI symptoms
  3. The insurance companies are denying the reality of your TBI and your pain
  4. You suffered a TBI in a complicated accident
  5. Your injury has significant financial impact

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Five Signs You Need A Brain Injury Lawyer

While by no means a comprehensive list, these are five critical indicators that you should speak to a personal injury attorney for advice and your legal options following a known or suspected head injury. No single article can ever replace the advice of a legal professional, especially in cases as complex as those of TBI. Your first concern should absolutely be your health, so seek medical help if you have any concerns about head injury or brain injury.

If you aren’t sure where to turn, Thompson Law is just one phone call away. We can get you connected with an expert medical provider to assess your injury and get you on a treatment plan as quickly and conveniently as possible. Act right away to preserve your health and recovery, and to ensure that you have an expert legal professional on your team to represent your best interests.

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1.) You have a TBI that was caused in an accident.

If you have sustained a TBI following an accident, that is absolutely grounds to speak with an attorney. Sustaining a serious injury through the fault of another is an injustice. You should not suffer pain and be left with expensive medical and repair bills due to someone else’s negligence. If your injury was caused by circumstances outside of your control, those who are in control of that hazardous or reckless environment should be held accountable.

Traumatic Brain Injuries can have severe short, mid, and long-term consequences. The most common types of TBIs that we see include the following:

  • Skull fracture: Bone shattering impacts can have devastating effects on the delicate tissue and systems within the skull. Sensory loss, loss of cognitive function, and even death can result.
  • Hypoxia and anoxia: Hypoxia, sometimes referred to as hypoxic ischemia and anoxia can result from lack of oxygen to the cells in the brain.
  • Lacerations: Tears or ruptures of the brain’s blood vessels or tissue.
  • Brain bleeding/brain hemorrhage: Seizure disorders such as traumatically induced epilepsy may stem from hemorrhage or bleeds inside the skull.
  • Focal contusions: The TBI most likely to cause cognitive problems such as memory loss and inability to concentrate, as well as challenges with emotional control.
  • Diffuse axonal injury (DAI): Stretched or torn nerve cells caused by rapid acceleration-deceleration movements of the brain within the skull (think whiplash movement).
  • Concussion: Its classification as a mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI is contested by some members of the medical community as the name downplays the potential seriousness of side effects and long-term effects.

If this is not your first TBI, then it is even more critical to seek both medical care and legal aid after an accident. Compound head injuries can worsen symptoms or long-term effects.

The most common causes of TBIs include falls, vehicle-related collisions, violence, sports injuries, and explosions or blasts. The most susceptible groups are babies and young toddlers, teens and young adults age 15-24, and adults over 60. Additionally, men are more likely than women to experience TBI.

No matter the circumstance that caused your head injury, you deserve medical help. If your accident was caused by the reckless, dangerous, or negligent actions of another party, you also deserve legal help.

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2.) You’re experiencing TBI symptoms.

Next, if you have recently experienced an accident or physical trauma and are not certain that you have a TBI, but you are experiencing any of the below list of symptoms, get checked out by a medical professional right away. TBIs can present with symptoms other than what is on this list, but some of the most common are:

  • Headaches
  • Vision problems
  • Fatigue or problems sleeping
  • Cognitive issues with memory or concentration
  • Mood swings or personality changes
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Sensitivity to light or sound or ringing in the ears
  • Vertigo or trouble balancing

Whether you have recently experienced an injury on the football field or been in a car accident, the possibility of brain injury should not be taken lightly. TBIs can present symptoms in a delayed manner, so their effects can occur or intensify after the injury. For your most effective diagnosis and healing, seek the advice of a medical professional as soon as possible. For resources to connect you with an experienced and trusted medical professional, an experienced brain injury attorney is a great resource to turn to. Thompson Law is always here to help.

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3.) The insurance companies are denying the reality of your TBI and your pain.

Insurance providers are famous for these types of exploitative practices. They demand that you make regular and consistent payments for coverage, and then at the time that you need them, they fail to pay fairly on your claim. It is how they protect their record-breaking profits each year.

However, a corporation’s bottom line should never come before health and safety of human beings. There are extremely serious medical intervention steps that must be taken in cases of severe TBIs. After an accident, the emergency room doctor may take steps including monitoring oxygen, blood pressure, blood loss, or stabilizing measures to avoid exacerbating the injury. Medications such as anti-inflammatories, anti-seizure drugs, or coma-inducing drugs may be administered. Arguing to refuse coverage for such care is unacceptable.

In addition to the immediate steps that must be taken for care, there can be long-term health effects from TBI that must be accounted for as well. Persistent Post-Concussive Syndrome is when physical, mental, or emotional effects continue to present for weeks or months after the injury. Also, recurring TBIs have been linked to early onset of Degenerative Brain Diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or Dementia.

Whether they are arguing with you over one trip to the ER or debating your need for long-term care, the insurance companies DO NOT know better than your doctors or your experienced brain injury attorney. Emergency intervention in cases of TBI is non-negotiable, and the mid to long-term effects of such injuries can be life-changing. If you have been injured through the error or negligence of another party, and the insurance company is not respecting your TBI diagnosis and its impacts, you deserve help. Reach out to Texas’ brain injury attorney.

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4.) You suffered a TBI in a complicated accident.

Another situation that many TBI victims and their families may not consider in the immediate aftermath of an accident is the complexity of the event itself. Unfortunately, many of us are familiar with auto accidents, or even workplace accidents, and we may feel we are equipped to pursue a claim on our own. It’s true, an accident attorney is not necessary for every collision or negligent event. Standard fender benders, straightforward slip and falls at work with slight injuries, or other more minor and common injuries may well be handled directly by the parties involved.

If you have suffered a TBI resulting from a more complicated accident, you stand to benefit greatly by seeking the advice of an experienced professional brain accident attorney. These legal experts have seen all types of accident scenarios and the resulting brain trauma. They are skilled at reviewing evidence and researching the events to ensure that the full scope of the events is captured, and that fault is assigned correctly – some of the most complex aspects of negotiations in such cases.

When insurance adjusters are complicating the facts, denying the scope of the accident, refusing liability or being plain unhelpful, a personal injury attorney by your side can be a tremendous resource. Having such an expert on your team means you have an excellent negotiator in your corner who is unafraid to examine every detail and fight for the justice you deserve.

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5.) Your injury has significant financial impact.

It is unsurprising at this point to consider that when larger amounts of money are at stake, insurance companies attempt to deny and discredit claims even more aggressively. In these high-dollar, high-stakes cases, it is especially important to have a TBI accident attorney by your side. When significant amounts of money are involved, you should not take any chances. Whether you have major medical bills and property damage costs from the event, or whether you have an injury that will impact your future quality of life and earning potential, you want to be sure that you receive every penny of fair compensation to cover these costs.

Aside from these compensatory damages, you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering due to the recklessness of others. Your deserved punitive damages can be substantially higher when you work with a professional – particularly an experienced brain injury attorney who is capable and prepared to take your case as far as necessary, even all the way to court, to win you what you deserve.

Some types of costs your attorney can capture in their demands and in their pursuit of winning your case include:

  • Past and future medical treatment
  • Psychiatric therapy, occupational therapy or other rehabilitation services
  • Lost income and earning potential
  • Punitive damages for severe negligence or intentional risk-taking behavior
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship or loss of consortium

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Thompson Law is Your TBI Accident Attorney

TBI is an extremely serious injury and should never be underestimated or ignored. Do not feel that you need to be alone in the face of such an injury, whether it has happened to you or has happened to someone you love. In the aftermath of a TBI, you may be dealing with symptoms like brain fog and lack of concentration. With your injury impacting your ability to represent yourself to your full potential, hiring a lawyer to advocate on your behalf becomes even more important. You should not be handling situations as complex as insurance negotiations, as contentious as settlement demands and as emotional as a financial hardship while you are not able to function at your best. Leave this challenging work to the experts and call Thompson Law.

Our team of expert and compassionate attorneys are highly skilled in litigation, mediation, and trial law. Thus, our firm will take your case exactly as far as it needs to go to get you the best possible outcome and results. When you hire Thompson Law to handle your case, you are assigned an entire legal team to work for your best possible outcome and provide you with exceptional care and service through every step of the process. Our firm employs some of the most talented individuals in the field, with a wide breadth of experience: from EMT’s, to former insurance company adjusters, to our expert attorneys, we equip your team with a wealth of knowledgeable experts who can go head-to-head with the insurance companies and force them to back down.

When finding the Texas brain injury attorney who is right for you after an injurious TBI incident, don’t just take our word for it. Check out our results and our outstanding client reviews to see what we have done to help our past and current clients. While past results may not guarantee future success, what we do guarantee is that we have the passion and the drive to fight hard for your deserved justice, your deserved outcome, and your deserved payment. With trained legal experts standing by 24/7, free consultations, and no fee unless we win your case, what have you got to lose? Call today and see what Thompson Law can do for you.

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The State of Texas has a statute of limitations of two (2) years for personal injury cases, so if you have experienced any TBI or head injury as a result of an accident, consult with an experienced Dallas brain injury lawyer. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on a smooth path to recovery and your deserved compensation. If you’ve been hesitating to reach out, don’t delay any further. Call Thompson Law right away for assistance with your injury and claim.

Avoid an accident

2020 has been a year no one could have predicted, and if you’re anything like us, you’re very much looking forward to a fresh start in 2021. On that note, we’re working to set the stage for a great next year. It’s been twenty years since Texas has had a death-free day on our roads. It’s time to #endthestreak and work toward a better future. One way we hope for a better 2021 is to see fewer serious accidents on our roads. We have gathered the 7 best ways to avoid an accident. You can join us by using the tips below, and if you want to do even more to protect yourself and your family, you can take the pledge here, and commit to never text and drive.

Even with the best-laid plans, however, things can go wrong on the road. When accidents happen, know that you are not alone. After a serious crash, you need help, and you deserve care. Thompson Law is here for you any time of day or night. Ryan L. Thompson and his team of auto injury lawyers are prepared to fight for every dollar you deserve. The insurance companies are always prepared to withhold payout and maximize their profits. You should have the help of an experienced and tough attorney when facing them.

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Top 7 Ways to Avoid an Accident in 2021

Most drivers have picked up at least a couple of bad driving habits over time, so road safety reminders can help to reset those patterns. There are a few habits that can most substantially decrease your risk of experiencing an auto accident this year. In a country with over 16,000 accidents per day and over 6 million per year, every good choice we make while driving makes a difference.

1) Avoid Distractions – Distracted driving is the fastest-growing contributor to accidents. The ubiquity of cell phones and the constant multitasking of modern life pose extremely serious dangers to our safety on the road. Distracted driving contributed to 90,409 crashes in Texas in 2019. Campaigns against cell phone use are becoming common, especially texting while driving. However, there are many types of distractions. Too many or rowdy passengers, GPS use, adjusting the radio, and even talking while driving can pull your attention away from the road.

2) Don’t Drive Under the Influence Alcohol and illegal and/or legal substances are the largest contributors to crashes during the late-night and early morning hours. The most dangerous hours are between midnight and 5am, and in urban areas like DFW, this time window accounts for 32% of total DUI events. If we eliminated the cases of drunk driving on our road this year, we could anticipate saving over 880 lives. There are so many alternatives to drinking and driving, and so much education around the topic, that there is no excuse for DUI accidents. Taking an Uber or Lyft, planning a ride, or choosing a designated driver are all great options to keep you and those around you safe.

Avoid An Accident

3) Don’t SpeedInterstate and U.S. & state highways are by far the deadliest roads in the state of Texas. In 2019 there were nearly 2,000 fatal crashes on these road types alone. It is not a coincidence that the highest number of fatal traffic events occur at higher speeds. Decreased reaction time, loss of control, hydroplaning, greater crash impact, and extended stopping time are all dangers associated with higher speeds. Adding to these risks by driving above the speed limit exacerbates the dangers. Remember speed limits are set for ideal driving conditions. If there is heavy traffic, poor visibility, or some other hindrance to driving on that road, drivers need to lower their speed to compensate for these risks.

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4) Limit Nighttime DrivingThe highest risk hour for driving is at 9-10 pm, but during dark hours in general, the risks are higher than in the bright light of day. Dawn and dusk hours are notorious for causing difficult visibility conditions where cars can be missed. Adding to the danger with dawn and dusk driving is that some drivers may not have turned on their headlights. The natural light may be at a point where headlight sensors don’t react, or people haven’t yet thought to flip on that switch. Visibility with headlights is at best about 500 feet, which is significantly less than typical visibility during the day. Additionally, the risk of encountering fatigued drivers or intoxicated drivers is higher at nighttime.

5) Shift Your Driving Mindset It may sound overly simple but focus on driving while you are driving. It’s impossible to calculate how many crashes would be avoided and how many lives saved if everyone consistently did this, because driver error and inattention are the greatest causes of auto accidents. Driving is not the time to multitask by returning texts and emails, finishing your morning routine, watching or reading the news, or doing any other activity that takes your eyes off the road. Focused driving doesn’t just mean keeping your eyes on the road and hands free, however. It also means focusing your mind to the task. Communicate with other drivers by signaling what you intend to do. Brake well enough in advance that no one behind you needs to slam on their brakes. Take care when merging. Focusing attention while on the road makes you and those around you safer for it.

6) Maintain Your CarCar care can be expensive, undoubtedly. However, taking basic steps to maintain your vehicle as recommended by professionals can make a great difference in your safety. Be sure to get your vehicle inspected annually. Keep your headlights, taillights, and windshield wipers in good working order. Do regular checks of your engine oil and tire pressure. When dashboard lights come on alerting you to an issue, get them checked out. These small maintenance items throughout the life of your car can help ensure that you have a roadworthy vehicle wherever you drive and limit your risk of mechanical issues that may cause accidents. If a recall is issued for your vehicle, take it to the dealership as soon as possible for necessary repairs. Recall repairs are free, and recalls have been issued for serious reasons! You can check for any open recalls on your vehicle here.

7) Get Practice – This may seem like it is aimed at younger or inexperienced drivers, and to a great extent that’s true. Like anything, driving takes practice, and you improve with more experience. With COVID-19 adjustments in effect for much for the year, there have been exceptions made to more standard rules in obtaining or maintaining a drivers license. The driver age with the most accidents is 19. However, every driver age between 18 and 30 reported over 20,000 crashes in Texas in 2019. So, it’s not only teenagers that need to brush up! Take extra care if you’ll be driving in a new environment or different conditions.

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Even while we are planning for a great 2021, these rules absolutely apply any time! The upcoming holiday season in particular poses special dangers. More people are on the road, driving cross country or in less familiar places to visit family and friends. The weather gets colder, bringing dangers like ice and snow, and the days get shorter which means dark driving hours increase. Take extra care behind the wheel during these times. Focus on what is important while you are behind the wheel, and leave the distractions and reckless decisions behind.

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Hurt in a Car Accident? Thompson Law is Here to Help.

If you have recently suffered a car or truck accident, we feel for you. Auto accidents not only inconvenience you by derailing your day, they can also have long-lasting implications to your health and your finances. When you have been hurt in an accident by someone’s careless or reckless driving, you should not have to put up with pain and expenses as a result.

This is where your dedicated catastrophic injury lawyer comes in. With the help of Thompson Law, you can enter an insurance claim or a negotiation with confidence, knowing that experienced and tenacious attorneys are with you every step of the way. Our firm is driven to help our clients win the absolute best possible auto accident case results. Our team is also dedicated to providing a 5-star client experience throughout your entire case process. We truly understand the stress and turmoil a serious accident can cause on your life and it is our mission to help.

For questions about your situation, or to find out more about how Thompson Law can help, reach out anytime. Our experienced staff is standing by 24/7/365 to take your call or message. We offer 100% free consultations. In 15 minutes or less, you can be on the road to recovery with an attorney getting to work on your case. Join our thousands of clients, for whom we have won over $1.8 billion, and see how Thompson Law will get you the help you deserve.

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The State of Texas has a statute of limitations of two (2) years for personal injury cases, so if you have experienced a car accident, truck accident or any personal injury incident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on a smooth path to recovery and your deserved compensation. If you’ve been hesitating to reach out, don’t delay any further. Call Thompson Law right away for assistance with your injury and claim.

Lyft accident attorney

It is possible to find a Lyft accident attorney with just a quick online search of personal injury attorneys in your area, however finding a great, professional Lyft accident attorney may prove more difficult. We have put together our guide to finding the best rideshare attorney for you, and some critical information to consider after a rideshare accident when you are considering hiring an expert.

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Checklist to Find a Professional Lyft Accident Attorney

Finding and hiring the right attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Knowing what to look for and what distinguishes the great attorneys from the good attorneys, however, can feel like a challenge. Our goal at Thompson Law is to provide the absolute best-case outcome for each client, but also to deliver a 5-star client experience throughout the entire process. That client service starts right here, perhaps even before you’ve hired us. We want you to be armed with the ultimate checklist to select the best possible attorney for you. Here’s what to look for:

    • Look for Proof of Results – After a Lyft accident, you don’t want to hire just any attorney who may not have the track record to prove their skill. Select an attorney who has a public record of past success. For example, our firm posts our case verdicts right on our home page and has won over $1.8 billion for our clients. In 2019, we had top 50 settlements in Texason the TopVerdicts ranked list.
    • Focus on Experience – Select a lawyer with trial experience as well as negotiations and settlement experience. It’s not always clear at the beginning of a claim process how contentious things may become. You want to choose an advocate who is prepared to take your case as far as necessary. For Lyft or Uber accidents, also check that an attorney has dedicated part of their legal practice to those cases. You can often tell by the services listed on their website, like ours here. You will also want to consider whether an attorney is well respected by his or her peers. For example, Ryan Thompson is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has been selected as one of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers.
    • Ask About Resources – Check that your accident lawyer has the ability to provide all the resources needed for a strong case. Field investigators, accident reconstruction experts, and traffic safety engineers are all industry experts that may be called upon. The firm you choose needs to have experts such as these to do research and testify on your behalf. There are legal firms of varying sizes that offer the right resources. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your free consultation with our firm. You deserve to ask about our preparedness to handle your case!
    • Prioritize Excellent Service – Ask around in your community and see what trusted family and friends have to say about their experience with accident attorneys. Checkingonline reviews can also be a great help. Rideshare accident cases can take time to work through for the best outcomes, and you want to be comfortable with the experts you hire to handle that process. After a stressful and painful accident, choose a law firm that puts your needs first.

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Why Do I Need a Lyft Accident Attorney?

When huge commercial vehicle operations like Lyft and Uber begin to encounter recurring and serious problems, like accidents by the fault of their drivers, they come up with solutions to protect their profits. They also have the advantage of huge sums of money to afford talented legal representation and sophisticated insurance arrangements. There are a few reasons to seriously consider hiring legal help in the face of an insurance claim for a Lyft accident.

Reason 1 – There Can Be Much More Money at Stake

There are enormous sums of money in the insurance coverage that Lyft blankets over drivers in addition to each driver’s own insurance policy. Lyft provides up to $1 million in liability coverage for accidents. Their contingent comprehensive coverage is a $2,500 deductible, as opposed to $1,000 for Uber. They host a 24/7 customer service line related to handling accidents and emergencies. Higher dollar figures make for tougher negotiations to win your deserved payout.

Additional coverage sounds like a benefit in the case of an accident, and it’s true that these funds can truly make a dramatic difference. However, there are also unique complications that come from the structure of insurance coverage for Lyft vehicles. Depending on the “period” of service that you were in at the time of the collision, coverage may be different.

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Reason 2 – The Insurance Coverage Arrangements Are More Complicated

    • Period 0 offers ZERO coverage at the time the driver is not logged into their Uber or Lyft App.
    • Period 1 is when they are logged in but not serving a particular customer or ride request. Limited corporate insurance kicks in at this point.
    • Period 2 is when the driver is en route to an ordered destination.
    • Period 3 is when a customer is in the car.

In these cases, the $1 million coverage is in effect, though there are differences between periods 2 and 3 where property damage, UM, or UIM are concerned. Additionally, Uber and Lyft’s insurance policies are “contingent” meaning that they will only apply if you have made a claim on the driver’s policy first. Clearly there is room for confusion and disagreement in the midst of all these thresholds and coverage restrictions!

Reason 3 – The Settlement Agreements Are More Demanding

Also, companies like Lyft and Uber have developed complex settlement agreements that are often much more involved than in the case of a crash between two individuals and no commercial parties. One of these contract strategies they have developed and applied to their settlement agreements is confidentiality clauses. Such agreements cause concern because they can be extremely rigid, tightly enforced, and risk nullifying the settlement altogether if breached.

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The Most Important Reason to Hire a Lyft Accident Attorney

The absolute most important reason to hire a Lyft Accident Attorney is that Lyft accidents can cause extremely serious injuries. Nothing is more important than your health and safety. Sadly, we see many clients who have suffered painful, debilitating injuries as a result of rideshare accidents. Common injuries include neck injuries like whiplash, back injuries and spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and other serious impact injuries. You should not be faced with chronic pain or lasting injury after one decision to ride in the care of an Uber or Lyft driver.

Hiring a Lyft accident lawyer to stand by your side is extremely advantageous. It’s simply not fair to go up against a large corporation and its fleet of resources on your own. Especially when the accident injuries are severe, and there are large amounts of money on the table, and the rideshare corporate lawyers are doing all they can to pay you the least and impose a severe agreement contract.

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You Found Your Lyft Accident Attorney with Thompson Law

It is always up to you to decide if representation by a Lyft accident attorney is right for you, just as after any car accident. Based on the information we know about complications to liability and insurance in rideshare accidents, these events are a particularly critical time to make the best choice for you as you prepare to face large corporate insurance interests. We hope this guide for the reasons you may want legal assistance has been helpful, and if hiring a Lyft accident lawyer is your decision, that the checklist helps you feel confident in the firm you choose.

If you have been hurt in an accident by an Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare, delivery, or commercial driver in Dallas, please know that you can get help from Thompson Law anytime you need. Our legal experts are standing by 24/7/365 to take your call and provide a free consultation tailored to your specific experience. Alignment with our clients is so important to us that we work on a contingency fee-only, meaning we don’t receive a single penny unless we win your case. Thompson Law is here for you.

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The State of Texas has a statute of limitations of two (2) years for personal injury cases, so if you have experienced any Lyft accident, commercial vehicle accident, or any auto accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on a smooth path to recovery and your deserved compensation. If you’ve been hesitating to reach out, don’t delay any further. Call Thompson Law right away for assistance with your injury and claim.

insurance claim attorney

As insurance claim attorneys, we get asked a lot of questions about the ins and outs of auto insurance policies and coverages, and we completely understand why. Auto policies can be confusing, and insurance providers can be deliberately vague in order to upsell you a more expensive package or to skirt responsibility after an accident when you need that claim payout. Worst-case-scenario planning is never fun, and we understand why many people take insurance policy offerings at face value or based on random recommendations.

To help, we’ve put together this list of the basics of coverage types and their applications. Coverage names and meanings can vary somewhat between states and between insurance companies, so if you are unclear, ask questions for the answers you need. With any luck, you’ll never need an insurance claim lawyer, but when accidents happen, Thompson Law is here for you.

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What Types of Coverage Might Be in My Auto Policy?

Bodily Injury (BI)Covers personal injury costs caused by an accident. May be allocated per person or per accident. A minimum coverage requirement in Texas.

Collision CoverageCovers car repair costs, if it is repairable. If your car is totaled, it pays the actual current cash value of your car. Current cash value is calculated using age, mileage, and other factors that impact depreciation after purchase.

Comprehensive CoverageCovers the cost of replacing or repairing vehicles that have been stolen, vandalized, or damaged by fire, weather or collision. This may also be referred to as hazard insurance or catastrophic loss insurance, especially in claims for severe natural events. This insurance can include rental car cost coverage during vehicle repair or replacement, but this is not universally the case.

Full CoverageAlthough not a specific insurance type, “Full Coverage” refers to a combination of coverages that provide a very broad scope of protection. Typically, collision, comprehensive, and Uninsured/ Underinsured Motorists make up full coverage. More insurance coverage is more expensive than limited coverage because it offers greater protection for a larger variety of damages.

Liability Insurance – Covers financial damages when you are deemed at fault in an accident. It encompasses Bodily Injury (BI) and Property Damage (PD). While required by law in the US, states have the power to set minimum required amounts for their citizens.

Medical Payment CoverageCovers or helps cover costs of medical bills resulting from the accident.

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Minimum Coverage – Another term that refers to a combination of coverages, not a particular coverage type in itself. Generally, refers to a policy that includes just enough to meet state limits.

Multiple Coverages – The types of insurance coverage that make up a single policy.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)Covers medical bills similar to Medical Payment Coverage, but additionally provides for lost income and costs of caregiver services necessitated by the accident. All Texas auto policies automatically include PIP. Customers may elect out of this coverage by written agreement.

Property Damage (PD) Covers the damage caused to someone else’s property, other vehicles, structures, or other items lost in the crash, up to a predetermined limit. Legally required as part of a minimum coverage policy in Texas, and nationwide.

Rental Car Coverage – Sometimes included with comprehensive coverage, covers rental car expenses up to a certain amount or for a set period of time while your car is inoperable, stolen, being repaired, or being replaced.

Towing and Labor Covers services like towing, changing a flat tire, jump-starts, or other breakdowns. Sometimes referred to by other branded names, like Roadside Assistance.

Underinsured Motorist (UIM)Covers you, the policyholder, when the other driver does not have sufficient coverage for all the accident costs. Texas insurance companies must offer this with every policy. Policyholders may elect to opt-out of it by written agreement.

Uninsured Motorist (UM) – Coverage for you in the case that the other motorist does not have auto insurance. Texas insurance companies must offer you this coverage, and you may elect to opt-out of it by written agreement.

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Important Terms for Auto Policies

Premium Monthly or annual costs to maintain your insurance coverage. Usually, lower when you have a higher deductible, and higher when you have a low deductible.

DeductibleAmount that you are responsible for paying before your insurance coverage takes effect. Typically lower when you have high premiums, and higher when you have lower premiums.

The Main Players and the Worst of the Worst

You likely know all the big names in insurance – GEICO, Progressive, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, Farmers, USAA, Allstate. They spend millions and millions of dollars in advertising with flashy celebrity ads to gain your business. However, there are many more insurance providers than just those mega-corporations. There are pros and cons to purchasing your insurance policy from any type of insurer, from the largest corporate conglomerate to the local mom and pop shop.

If there’s any consensus about the worst insurer, however, recent news reports and investigative journalists have found that there is one company out of the large firms that consistently performs terribly toward those bringing claims and even toward their own customers –Allstate. Allstate has been criticized for excessively low settlement offers and outright claim denials. They also famously came under fire for having a “suckers list” that included clients who they knew they were overcharging in premiums and deductibles. They targeted these consumers, knowing that their deserved market rate was far less, but they were able to continue charging and increasing costs based on these customers’ habits and spending potential.

Clearly, the ethics of these companies are not always admirable. The good news is, there are resources available to you as you decide what insurance to choose. You should be able to expect better from your insurance company. You are their client! But when things inevitably go wrong in insurance negotiations, know that Thompson Law is standing by to help you, anytime 24/7.

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Minimum Auto Insurance Requirements in Texas

You may have heard the terms 30/60 coverage, or that Texas is a 30/60/25 state. These descriptors refer to Texas’ minimum requirements for auto insurance, otherwise known as liability coverage. The coverage breakdown includes:

$30,000 Bodily Injury Liability (BI) per individual

$60,000 Bodily Injury Liability (BI) per accident

$25,000 Property Damage Liability (PD)

After an accident where the at-fault party has liability coverage, payouts up to these amounts may be issued based on loss and injury caused from that accident. If losses are higher than these amounts, claims may be made to other parties’ insurance, and lawsuits may be brought against individuals.

Additionally, it is required in Texas that insurance providers offer UM/UIM and PIP. Policyholders may formally reject these coverages in writing. It is important to understand as a policy owner that if you are involved in a collision with an at-fault party who does not have insurance, or has inadequate insurance, it is very difficult to recover damages for your injuries without UM/UIM and/or PIP.

Our clients often seek our help as an insurance claim attorney firm, because they have been hit by a driver who only has liability coverage. These coverage amounts are simply not enough to cover the medical bills, car repairs and other damages that occur in many auto accidents. If you need an insurance claim legal help after being hit by an uninsured, underinsured, or minimally insured driver, don’t hesitate to reach out for the assistance you deserve. Your team at Thompson Law is standing by and ready to fight for you.

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Recommended Auto Insurance for Financed Cars

When you are still in the process of making payments on your car loan, your lender determines the level and type of coverages that you must have. If you do not comply with the policy limits required, you risk being in default of your loan, which has serious consequences for your credit and future ability to take out other loans. Lenders have this control during the term of your loan because they are the actual owner of your vehicle until it is paid off. The following list includes recommended coverage amounts by Texas auto insurers. Your lender may require different amounts from these guidelines, based on the specific value of your car and other factors.

Type of Coverage and Recommended Amounts:

$100,00 Bodily Injury Liability (BI) per individual

$300,000 Bodily Injury Liability (BI) per accident

$50,000 Property Damage (PD)

Comprehensive Collision Coverage

Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM)

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

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Texas Auto Insurance Types: The Bottom Line

The minimum auto insurance requirements for the state of Texas rank fairly well when compared nationally. Texas’ minimum required liability coverage is higher than 28 other states. Texas would surpass the coverage requirements of about a dozen more states if UM/UIM coverage was essential there. In addition to Bodily Injury Coverage per person, per accident, and Property Damage per accident, about 50% of states in the US mandate some amount of coverage for the case of a wreck with Under-Insured or Uninsured motorists (UM/UIM).

Selecting coverage that is right for you and for your family is an important decision. We hope this guide to the types of coverage available and the implications of minimum versus recommended coverage are helpful. And hopefully, you won’t need to file an insurance claim by staying safe and accident-free. No one expects to need an insurance claim attorney. However, should you need any help with an accident claim, a difficult insurance adjuster, or you are just hitting an insurance corporation stonewall, Thompson Law is always here to help?

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The State of Texas has a statute of limitations of two (2) years for personal injury cases, so if you have experienced a car accident, truck accident or any personal injury incident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on a smooth path to recovery and your deserved compensation. If you’ve been hesitating to reach out, don’t delay any further. Call Thompson Law right away for assistance with your injury and claim.

cars safer

Everyone would like to know when purchasing a new vehicle, are lighter-weight cars or heavier cars safer in a crash? The simplest answer is that heavier cars are safer in a crash than lighter cars. The more complete answer is that there are some factors that can affect this baseline. Typically, older model cars can complicate this straightforward answer, because older heavier cars are not generally safer than more modern lightweight cars. Safety features have developed and evolved in different corners of the car industry at different points. Their improvement and mass distribution have also varied.

The 3-point seatbelt was invented by Volvo. GM was the first to offer airbags, and Porsche was the first to make airbags standard equipment in one of its models. A game-changer for auto safety was the enactment of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act in 1966, which first mandated federal safety standards for motor vehicles.

Since the 60’s, offerings, advancements, and features on the auto market have vastly increased. The best thing to do when determining the safety of a car or truck is to research your options and consult expert sources. Choosing a safe car, truck, or SUV is an enormously important consideration for everyone who drives or rides in your vehicle. Especially in a sprawling metropolis like DFW, in a state with the highest speed limits like Texas, car safety can never be too small a consideration.

At Thompson Law, we see far too many devastating car and truck accidents in our practice. Serious and debilitating injuries occur as a result of vehicles lacking in widely available and accessible modern safety features. Buying the newest, most top-of-the-line vehicle is of course not available to most people. However, everyone can make safety considerations in the cars they choose to purchase, how they maintain them, and how they drive them. With these efforts and the advancements on the horizon, we can all look forward to safer roadways.

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Safety Performance: The Best and the Worst Cars, Trucks, and SUV’s

Who is Responsible for Rating Motor Vehicle Safety in the United States?

There are two major authority organizations that test, analyze, and continually rank the safety and performance of new cars and cars in development in the United States: (1) National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), particularly its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and (2) The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, joined with The Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS-HLDI)

These experts have designated the following cars as leaders in safety in their respective categories:

Safest Heavy Models

The top 5 models in this category:

1) GMC Yukon XL 1500 4WD (SUV)

2) Porsche Cayenne 4WD (Luxury SUV)

3) Lexus GX 460 4WD (Luxury SUV)

4) Cadillac Escalade 4WD (Luxury SUV)

5) Toyota Sienna 4WD (Minivan)

Safest Midsize Models

The top 5 models in this category:

1) Infiniti QX60 2WD (Luxury SUV)

2) Lexus NX 200t 4WD (Luxury SUV)

3) Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan 4WD (Luxury car)

4) Subaru Outback (Station wagon)

5) Acura RDX 2WD (Luxury SUV)

Safest Lightweight Models

Only two lightweight cars made the list of the lowest rates of driver deaths.

1) Volkswagen Golf (4-door car)

2) Nissan Leaf (4-door car)

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Most Dangerous Models

If you see statistics about the most dangerous vehicles for the current year or the most recent couple of years, take those facts and figures with a grain of salt. It takes several years for safety performance data to be gathered and analyzed with enough precision to determine finalized results. Past performance of a particular vehicle model is often a fairly good indicator of future performance, (if the car has not been significantly redesigned), but it is not a guarantee. Even in cases where year to year redesigns are seemingly minor, there can be considerable safety improvements – or setbacks.

Per the most IIHS’s 2020 status report, analyzing performance results from 2015-17, the 10 most dangerous models as quantified by rate of driver fatalities include:

1) Ford Fiesta (4-door car Mini)

2) Hyundai Accent (4-door car Mini)

3) Chevrolet Sonic (4-door car Small)

4) Nissan Versa Note Station wagon Small)

5) Fiat 500 (2-door car Mini)

6) Hyundai Elantra (4-door car Small)

7) Kia Forte (4-door car Small)

8) Nissan Versa (4-door car Small)

9) Kia Rio (4-door car Mini)

10) Mustang GT coupe (Sportscar Midsize)

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Why are Heavier Cars Generally Safer and Lighter Cars Generally More Dangerous?

The main reasons that heavier cars are generally safer than lighter cars are exactly what you might expect or have even experienced in an auto accident yourself. However, safety testing organizations, auto manufacturers, and others have studied and quantified the reasons and the causes for different safety performance.

One key reason that smaller cars are more dangerous is that more force is exerted on passengers of small cars in a crash. Smaller, lighter vehicles will be pushed more dramatically by larger cars. Larger, heavier cars will be less susceptible to that degree of push upon impact. The passengers bodies will be impacted by the inertia of the vehicle they are seated in, so those in smaller cars will be moved more aggressively.

There is also less protection for drivers and passengers in small cars from the body and frame of the car itself. Smaller, lighter-weight cars simply have less mass and surface area of protective metals and plastics that make up the car body. This will result in more severe crushing of the vehicle. Whether from the front, behind, or the side of the car, crushed or accordioned car parts can push into the passenger cabin, injuring that inside.

Crash tests have demonstrated these two main factors time and again in performance analysis. Consistently, very large SUVs have the lowest overall death rates (15 fatalities per million registered vehicle years). On the other end of the spectrum, vehicles classed in the mini-car category have the highest overall fatality rates, at 82 fatalities per million registered vehicle years.

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All Cars Are Dangerous in the Wrong Hands

Selecting a safe vehicle is important, but simply choosing the proper machinery does not eliminate the possibility of facing real dangers on the road. Even if you feel very secure in the vehicle choice you have made, you can’t control the behavior of drivers around you, the road conditions, or mechanical failures that can happen.

Crash Contributing Factors

Usually, accidents happen because two or more factors in driver behavior, vehicle mechanics, or the surrounding environment caused a loss of control. The most common crash contributing factors we see in our personal injury law experience can be grouped into one of three categories and include:

Driver Error and Negligence

Speeding

Drunk Driving

Drowsy Driving

Distracted Driving

Texting and Driving

Failure to Keep in Proper Lane

Merge Error

Running Red Lights

Vehicle Malfunction

Windshield Wiper Failure

Headlight or Taillight Failure

Steering or Suspension Problem

Compromised Tires

Brake Problem

Dangerous Road Conditions

Inappropriate Speed Limits

Road Construction

Bad Weather

Dawn, Dark, or Dusk Hours

Most Common Auto Accident Injuries

Discussing the injuries that result from crashes is important because there are very real consequences for the people involved. Bodily injury, disability, emotional trauma, and financial hardship from the resulting medical bills, repair bills, and lost wages are enormous challenges. Safety should be considered in the choice of what vehicles we select and how we drive them. The major injuries that we see in personal injury cases related to a car accident, truck accidents, or other traffic accidents include:

Whiplash

Soft Tissue Injuries

Joint trauma

Contusions

Strains and Sprains

Spinal Cord Injuries

Disk Injuries

Neck Injury

Back Injury

Paralysis

Head Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Broken Bones

Internal Injuries.

Amputations and Dismemberment

Wrongful Death

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Research on the Horizon – Safety Improvements to Look Forward To

It’s not just Formula 1 that has major safety upgrades in their sights for the near future. Everyday drivers can also expect some impressive features to be making their way into new car models. The NHTSA has awarded 11 of the 2021 Volvo models with a 5-star safety rating, largely due to performance and improvements in frontal, side, and rollover crash test results.

Developments from Mercedes were maybe even more exciting. The brand that first pioneered electric safety features in standard offerings with stability control and braking assist is bringing some extraordinary engineering to the market. Their Pre-Safe Impulse Side is an advancement in its active suspension system that actually raises the side of the car 3” within 1/10th of a second when the car is about to be hit from the side. This means that the sills take more of the impact, rather than the doors and frame of the passenger cabin.

Serious safety features aren’t only in the realm of Formula 1, Tesla, or even Mercedes. The 2021 Honda Odyssey has been awarded the Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS, which is the most competitive tier. The model’s safety features for slowing and avoiding pedestrian crashes, headlight upgrades, and crashworthiness tests of the van’s frame all performed extraordinarily well. So, while the latest technological advancements often do start in the luxury class, these feats of engineering do not take long to become accessible to more and more drivers.

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Let Thompson Law Take the Accident Burden Off Your Shoulders

Choosing a new car can be a stressful task at the best of times. Finding the model that is the right price and has a good safety rating, while also providing the features that you need, and that you like, can be a tall order! This challenge is all the more difficult when you are trying to find a replacement car for your totaled car after a traumatic accident. Concerns about safety and cost may be even more pressing during such times of emotional and financial strain.

At Thompson Law, we understand what you are going through. Our team of car accident attorneys and legal experts has over 350 combined years of experience and is deeply committed to winning you excellent results. We strive to deliver an excellent and seamless experience to our clients throughout each step of the personal injury claim and case process. We carry the burden for our clients so that they have the time and space to focus on what is most important – healing and recovery.

Whether you, your child, your spouse or any other loved one have recently suffered an accident, Thompson Law is here to help. 24/7/365, we are standing by to take your call, text or email. After your free consultation, we will get to work on your case straight away, and you pay absolutely zero fee unless we win for you.

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police report

If you’ve found your way to this page, we feel for you. Finding yourself in a position where you’re seeking a police report, means that you or someone you love has recently experienced some misfortune and frustration.

Police Reports, also referred to as Accident Reports or Crash Reports, are one of the most valuable documents you can have in auto accident cases. These authoritative documents carry weight in insurance negotiations by effectively and consistently describing events and providing evidence from an agreed-upon authoritative and objective source. As soon as it is safe to do so after the accident, you should call the police to come out to the scene of the accident and make a report. If the crash is severe and there are injuries, call emergency line 911. If the crash is minor and injuries are unknown, you can call the local police department’s non-emergency number to request that an officer come out. From there, all you need to do is check your options and the steps below to receive a copy of your report. Share that report with your dedicated auto accident attorney and you are well on your way to a strong and successful personal injury case.

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Steps to Getting Your Police Report

In Texas, accident reports are officially referred to as Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Reports. Alternately, you may hear them referred to by their technical name, CR-3. Variations in form names and differences in requesting forms between various jurisdictions can be confusing, but this guide is designed to help simplify the options.

Different jurisdictions have different protocols for requesting your crash report. For example, some precincts do not directly manage crash reports online or even provide online avenues for searching crash reports. If you’ve been in a car accident in San Antonio, for example, you can see the options available to you on the City of San Antonio’s website. Luckily, TXDOT maintains a database of all reports for the state of Texas, which increases access to reports for many more Texans. If you’re wondering, “How Do I Get a Police Report?” – here are your options:

  1. Online There are a few ways to request police reports online. If the online search is available directly through the police department that made your report, you can search or request the info using the name of a person involved, the accident location, the date of the incident, the Police Service Number, the vehicle identification number (VIN), and/or license plate numbers. Most search portals require at least a couple of these ID’s in order to locate the proper record. In addition to the local police department’s online systems and the TXDOT C.R.I.S. system, you may be directed to utilize the Lexis Nexis Police Records portal. This is another online reporting service that many police stations use for their records. You can search by creating an account and using the same sorts of criteria. Online crash report requests have a fee between $6.00 and $8.00, and are available 4-10 working days after the accident.
  2. By Mail Key information you must provide to the request includes: name of a person involved in the accident, the location of the accident and/or the date of the accident. Having the Police Service Number can expedite record locating as well. Accident reports are generally available 5-7 working days after the accident. There is a $6.00 fee for the record.
  3. By Phone– Some jurisdictions such as Dallas do not release crash report information over the telephone. However, you can always call the precinct non-emergency line for questions or support locating the record you need.
  4. In-Person– Check the website or call the police station you need your report from before arriving in person, as some locations may have limited operating hours or access due to COVID-19 precautions. Otherwise, departments have records desks or customer service windows where you can make the request. There is a $6.00 fee for this method as well, and you should be prepared with a name of a person in the accident, accident location and/or date of the accident, plus the Police Service Number if possible. Reports are typically available 5-7 working days after the accident.

To get started locating your crash report, start here. Once you’ve received your report, the CR-3 reference sheet is located here, to help you decipher the report details.

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Need Help? Thompson Law is Here

Thompson Law’s experienced personal injury attorneys are dedicated to winning your claim and case. Even with over $1.8 billion won for our clients to date, each new client we take on receives the same great care, attention, and help that they deserve. Our promise to you is not only our very best legal expertise to help you win a great insurance settlement or case verdict, but also a 5-star client experience throughout that process.

If you have been injured or suffered losses in a car or truck accident, workplace accident, premises liability accident, or through some other negligent act by the fault of another’s actions, you deserve help and you deserve justice. Reach out to Thompson Law for a free, no-risk consultation at your convenience. 24/7/365, we are available to offer you our services and guidance. A 15-minute phone call could make all the difference in your case.

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Accident Report Resources

Different cities have slight variations in protocol when it comes to crash reports. Below is a list of links and resources for locating your crash report in different jurisdictions. If you don’t see the city where your crash occurred, or you have other questions, you can visit the TXDOT Crash Reporting Page for the state-managed crash reporting systemC.R.I.S. Purchase. TXDOT is the custodian of crash reports for the state of Texas, and it is one of the most convenient and accessible options to obtain your record, though there is a $6.00 fee per download. Besides TXDOT, Lexis Nexis is an online platform used by many police departments. If your crash occurred in a jurisdiction that uses Lexis Nexis, you can download your report using the same accident search criteria as TXDOT, typically for a fee of $8.00.

And of course, if you are having trouble locating or receiving your report, you can always call Thompson Law.

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The State of Texas has a statute of limitations of two (2) years for personal injury cases, so if you have suffered  after being  hurt in an auto accident or any other type of accident,  consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery  and your deserved compensation.  However, delayed onset injuries are no less deserving of justice. If you’ve been hesitating to reach out, don’t delay any further.  Call Thompson Law right away for assistance with your injury and claim.

Accident Claim

The fact that there are massive industries devoted to health insurance, auto insurance, and property insurance is a great indicator of the complexity that insurance claims entail. Most people don’t plan to seek a personal injury lawyer, but once the frustrations of filing claims, facing denials, and endless negotiations are considered, it makes a lot of sense to hire a professional to work on your behalf. Award-winning personal injury lawyers like the team at Thompson Law can guide you through the process of maximizing your claim for an excellent settlement or case result. You deserve a fair and just recovery after a serious injury accident.

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The Big 3 Factors that Affect Your Accident Claim

There are many potentially complicating factors for an accident claim. The last thing you need if you’ve recently suffered a serious auto crash is a complicated list of even more concerns. We’ve simplified the list to the Big 3 Factors that impact your claim: The Role of Fault, The Nature and Severity of Injuries, and Your Expenses from the Accident. Read on for more details on what the Big 3 may mean for you and your case.

The Role of Fault

The core of a winning insurance claim is definitively determining who was at fault for the accident that occurred. The determination of fault is closely tied to the concept of negligence. In everyday terms, we think of negligence as careless or thoughtless acts. In legal terms, however, negligence has a very specific definition:

A failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances. The behavior usually consists of actions, but can also consist of omissions when there is some duty to act (e.g., a duty to help victims of one’s previous conduct). (source: Cornell Law School Legal Information Instutite)

When it comes to allocating fault after an accident, most, or the entirety of the responsibility, will typically fall with the most negligent party.

So, whether or not you are at fault for an accident is one of the main factors that can affect your claim. But, can there be multiple at-fault parties? Can you share fault? The answer varies depending on where you live. Different states have different laws when it comes to shared fault – often legally referred to as “contributory negligence.” Contributory negligence is a concept where an injured party played a role in their own losses, by failing to act prudently, or even acting negligently themselves. This can result in reductions in the recovery they are eligible for, and a more difficult battle winning any deserved payout.

Texas is a contributory negligence state, more specifically, a comparative negligence state. Comparative negligence is, “A tort rule for allocating damages when both parties are at least somewhat at fault. In a situation where both the plaintiff and the defendant were negligent, the jury allocates fault, usually as a percentage.” (source: Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute). Comparative negligence also varies state to state, with the strictest locales practicing pure contributory negligence. This means if you are found to be even 1% at fault for an accident, you cannot recover funds on losses sustained in that accident. Luckily for Texas accident victims, our regulations are not that severe.

Texas is a comparative fault state, that utilizes the 51% rule. This means that you cannot receive compensation if you are determined to be 51% or more responsible for the accident, regardless of whether you were in a car wreck in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, or any other Texas city. This means that the burden on the wronged party is only to show that the other party was more than half at fault for the events that transpired. While this can be complicating, it does protect injured parties from counter-lawsuits, where the at-fault party may try to argue that since you were, say 10% at fault due to your speed, you as the victim owe the at-fault money for a percentage portion of their injuries.

To determine fault, negligence, and any comparative negligence, your personal injury attorney will examine the evidence from the events leading up to and during the accident. Factors that can impact the allocation of fault, and thus your claim, include:

  • Drunk or Intoxicated Driving: operating a vehicle while impaired on illegal or pharmaceutical substances
  • Distracted Driving: texting, adjusting radio, watching movies
  • Driving Illegally: speeding, improper lane changes or driving patterns, failure to yield, driving without license or registration
  • Unavoidable / Sudden Emergency factors: Animal enters road, exceptional weather conditions, heart attack while driving

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The Nature and Severity of Injuries

While the causes and complications of fault in the accident significantly impact claims, they are not the end of the inquiry. The next crucial category that claims adjusters and accident attorneys investigate is the nature and severity of injuries sustained in the event.

First, the severity of the injuries plays an important role in the claim. Life-altering injuries like paralysis (including paraplegia or quadriplegia), or traumatic brain injury (TBI) are going to be awarded significantly more money than less severe injuries like broken bones or soft tissue injuries. This is not to diminish the pain and suffering that can come with any injury. Your personal injury attorney especially sympathizes with all that you are going through, but accuracy in degree and severity of the injury is important to recover all you are owed.

In addition to the severity of your injury, the duration of time that it will impact you is also a factor in your claim. This is why it is especially important to seek medical treatment early, and carefully continue with your prescribed treatment regimen. This will support and strengthen your case for what you are owed. Variation in treatment and healing time can range widely. Whiplash injuries, sprains, and strains may completely resolve in a matter of weeks with a few physical therapy appointments. On the other hand, paralysis will drastically change an individual’s life forever – from their physical mobility to their work and family life, to their need for caretaker support. Accordingly, the outcome of such different types of injury claims will vary widely.

When it comes to injuries, sympathy also plays a role in claim payouts, especially if the case makes it to court and is heard by jurors. Sympathetic personality types on either side of the accident, at-fault or injured, or visible casts, scars, injuries, can sway the jury and play on emotions in the decision making. This is always an added complication and one that your personal injury attorney can advise you on as it pertains to your situation.

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Your Expenses from the Accident

We’ve seen how fault and bodily injury can impact your claim, but there is a final important component to negotiating fair and just claim outcomes: expenses. The losses that resulted and the costs associated with repair and recovery can be extremely significant. These lost funds need to be factored into a complete claim demand.

There are a few nuances to consider when it comes to calculating these costs. Perhaps most obviously is the extent of medical treatment. Surgeries, doctors visits, prescriptions and more can add up quickly. It’s very important to document these costs and keep your receipts if you pay out of pocket for any medical expenses after your accident. In addition, it’s important to consider the duration of treatment. If your injuries will require two surgeries and 18 months of post-op physical therapy, you will want your claim to capture the entire scope of related bills and costs. This can take time and tedious attention to detail in documenting the finances.

In addition, it may be important to consider which healthcare providers you visit to receive necessary treatment. Workers’ compensation claims, for example, require visits to authorized providers in order to approve claims. Health insurance companies will have requirements to use in-network providers. Even auto insurance companies often have designated retailers that you must use for any car or truck repairs after an auto accident. These administrative details in selecting providers can be tedious, but the research is worth it when it comes to maximizing your claim value.

Finally, and perhaps the most complicated expense consideration in an insurance claim, is determining your daily life disruption. Have the accident and resulting injuries impacted your earning potential? Did this mean that you were out of work for two weeks for recovery? Or do you have a catastrophic injury that won’t allow you to work ever again? Will you need help running your home or caring for your kids due to your injury? Will you need to retrofit your house or car for your change in mobility? These are serious questions that may have expensive answers. If you and your family are impacted by a change in life circumstances since your accident, you deserve compensation from your insurance payout accordingly.

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Hitting a Wall with the Insurance Company?

Fault in an auto accident can be straightforward. You can be stopped at a red light and have someone rear-end you out of the blue. On the other hand, collisions can be really complicated, with multiple vehicles, many driver mistakes, and other dangerous road hazards playing a role in the crash. From the most straightforward to the most unbelievable wreck, you can be sure that the insurance companies will complicate, deny, and delay to the greatest extent they can.

If you are finding this out in your claim process with the insurance company, know that this is not your fault, and you do not have to go through an arduous claim process alone. Seek out great attorney representation for the help you need. The at-fault’s insurance provider has legal resources, why shouldn’t you? Thompson Law offers a wealth of personal injury legal services. Start your path to repair, recovery, reimbursement, and relief by calling today.

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lyft settlement

In the 11 years since Uber’s, and 8 years since Lyft’s, arrival on the scene, there have been consistent increases in user numbers, driver numbers, and revenues for these rideshare services. In tandem with the growth these companies have experienced, there has also come an increase in accidents and accidentrelated complications for these commercial vehicle rideshare providers.

When large commercial vehicle ventures like Lyft and Uber encounter frequent, expensive problems like payouts to victims of accidents through the fault of their drivers, they create ways of mitigating their losses and controlling the situation. They also have the benefit of large amounts of money to pay for talented legal representation and extensive insurance. One of the strategies they have developed and applied to their settlement agreements is confidentiality clauses.

Unfortunately, the fact is that if a confidentiality clause is a component of the settlement contract, you need to agree to those terms if you wish to finalize that contract and receive your payment. You are not obligated to sign any contract with which you are dissatisfied, but without an agreed settlement contract, you can’t get paid.

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Common Components of a Confidentiality Agreement

Within the context of a rideshare (e.g. Lyft, Uber, Alto) confidentiality agreement, there are typically a handful of clauses in the agreement that work in tandem to keep signatories from sharing information about the settlement, or defaming the company or the agreement publicly after the fact. Here are some of those common clauses that one might expect to encounter in negotiations and draft Lyft settlement agreements.

Confidentiality: In the most basic sense, a confidentiality clause is an acknowledgement that the parties will not to disclose the terms, conditions, payment amounts, or other specifically listed aspects of the settlement agreement

NonDisparagement Clause: This is an agreement not to defame, disparage or impugn the party or parties specified in the agreement. This can mean leaving a negative Google or other online review of Lyft, posting negative comments or confidential details on your own social media or on other public forums. In some cases, acts deemed to violate the non-disparagement clause may void the settlement, in some cases you may be required to pay liquidated damages.

Liquidated Damages: A liquidated damages clause may specify a certain amount of money that parties must pay in the event that they breach the confidentiality and/or non-disparagement clauses in the agreement.

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Are Confidentiality Clauses Legal?

Faced with a confidentiality clause, you may the thinking, what about free speech? The first amendment to the United States Constitution does guarantee freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. However, it does not guarantee a right to speech without consequences.

As frustrating as they may be, confidentiality clauses are a legal contractual feature when agreed upon by the signatories of the document. It can certainly be frustrating to go through a lengthy negotiation process with a rideshare company and their insurer, only to be informed that you are not allowed to vent about the ordeal. The best remedy for this frustration is reaching a Lyft settlement agreement with terms and a substantial payout that you are happy with. For the best chances of this ideal outcome, contact a personal injury firm that is experienced in commercial vehicle accident cases, like Thompson Law.

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Hurt in an Uber or Lyft Accident?

If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle such as a Lyft or Uber, or perhaps a delivery truck, or even an 18wheeler, it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney. You should consider the legal assistance you really need when you are going to battle with the insurance companies and legal representatives of large commercial vehicle companies. If you have questions about your situation and your options, Thompson Law is here to help. Reach out anytime 24/7 for a no-risk FREE CONSULTATION with one of Thompson Law’s legal experts by calling (214) 444-4444 or toll free at 1-800-LION-LAW (1-800-546-6529).  Call 4 and get the roar.

 

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Traumatic Accident

More and more people are aware of the concern around delayed onset injuries, and for good reason. A slight soreness in the immediate aftermath of an accident can easily be much more severe than we realize at the time. Shock and adrenaline are what the body uses to mask pain, and they provide an important ability for humans to persevere through times of stress and emergency

The downside of these reactions is that we may not be aware of the extent or severity of our injuries. Therefore, it is incredibly important to get medically checked out after an accident, even if you don’t believe you are hurt. One such accident impact injury that is frequently misdiagnosed, or altogether missed, can be very serious, and that is Loss of Motion Segment Integrity (LMSI). 

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What is Loss of Motion Segment Integrity? 

Loss of Motion Segment Integrity is the loss in range of motion or movement beyond normal limits in the flexion and extension of two adjacent vertebrae. The condition is dangerous for surrounding areas which are prone to overexert and overextend in compensation for the area with the loss. The condition and its guidelines for recognition and diagnosis are codified by the American Medical Association (AMA). It happens through traumatic impact injuries, such as car and truck accidents, falls from heights, or other whiplash-inducing events.  

Most commonly, the condition occurs in the cervical area of the spine (roughly the neck), but it can also occur in the thoracic or lumbar spine (middle or lower back, respectively). LMSI can cause significant, and even permanent reductions in a patient’s health status. This is particularly true if the condition goes undiagnosed and untreated.  

 

Spinal Anatomy

What does LMSI feel like? 

There is variation in patient experience of this injury, tied to acuteness of the LMSI itself, and the location of the stress in the spine. In chiropractic discourse, LMSI is considered a Level IV injury, which is very painful. According to hierarchies of injury severity and pain in the discipline, LMSI is “comparable to a 50 percent or greater vertebral compression fracture that has no residual neural compromise. 

In relative terms of injury, ligament and disc injuries can be comparably painful. They can also be complex to resolve, and as much an art as a science to heal, because treatment requires a careful combination of rest, stretching, and strengthening activity around the damaged region to build stability and flexibility.  

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What is AOMSI? 

AOMSI stands for Alteration of Motion Segment Integrity. Alteration of Motion Segment Integrity can be either loss of motion segment integrity (increased translational or angular motion) or decreased motion secondary to developmental fusion, fracture healing, healed infection, or surgical arthrodesisIt is one of the most severe categories of accident injury. Particularly when the injury occurs in the back, the trauma to the spine is extremely serious.

It is rated at a 25% impairment rating by American Medical Guidelines because studies have shown that within the next 5 years patients will have degenerative disc disease. This impairment rating makes AOMSI comparable to injuries such as amputations and fusionsChiropractic research in many ways pioneered the guideline development and technology related to AOMSI.  Much of the research on this injury, and motivation for continued study, stems from chiropractic and sports medicine practices. 

 

The LMSI Problem: Misdiagnosis 

Why is LMSI Frequently Misdiagnosed? 

There are a few key reasons that LMSI is often misdiagnosed or altogether missed. First, the human eye cannot detect AOMSI (or LMSI), leading to it being missed in an estimated 45% of cases. Secondly, individuals may not seek medical attention for it.

The problem can occur in delayed onset after a crash, so that the patient doesn’t recognize the initial cause of the LMSI, or they may feel that it’s not so serious due to the delay in feeling symptoms. Finally, symptom overlap between LMSI and more standard strains or sprains has traditionally led medical practitioners to dismiss the possibility. They may instead assume the patient is dealing with only a more common minor soft tissue injury based on the limited range of motion, tenderness, etc.  

How ILMSI Diagnosed?  

Diagnostic requirements for LMSI are very strict. Due tthe very specific changes to range of motion in the vertebrae that define the condition, measuring it requires highly advanced equipment and software that achieves accuracy to within 0.01 mm and 0.01 degrees. The resulting imaging must be examined by board-certified radiologists for acceptable diagnosis.

Imaging is done through radiographic flexion extension study. This often includes static flexion and extension x-rays of the cervical spine, or more commonly, digital motion x-ray (DMX). In the past DMX was more commonly referred to as the study of which it is a derivation: Fluoroscopy. Essentially, the process is that of taking a moving x-ray image to examine and measure the motion of the body part. 

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What Does an Accurate Diagnosis of LMSI Mean for You? 

There are two major reasons that these exacting methods of diagnosis are essential. First and foremost, your healing and recovery are only improved by the greatest accuracy and specificity of diagnoses. Secondly, an LMSI diagnosis has significant implications for your insurance claim and case.  

Your Healing – LMSI has been tied to degenerative disc issues, if you aren’t aware and taking corrective action from the time of injury, you risk exacerbating these injuries. It’s important to stretch and strengthen the musculature around the point of LMSI injury to help heal and teach the body to repair the damaged areaWith misdiagnosisyou are at greater risk of compounding injuries.

If you don’t know that you have LMSI and you proceed with normal activities as if you are just nursing a minor soft tissue injury, like a sprain, this behavior could really push the damage to a point of further, or even irreversible, injury. Compounding injuries such as these have resulted in cases of paraplegia 

Your Claim – Insurers are dismissive of LMSI without certain and specific thresholds of confirmation. They may deny that is the extent of the injury and argue that you have only a soft tissue injury. Their motivation to do this is because a soft tissue injury carries a much lower claim value. LMSI injuries are in compensation ranges many times greater. 

When LMSI is diagnosed and proven through inarguable methods, it is highly effective in insurance negotiations and in court. This is due to degree of accuracy that contemporary diagnosis methods allow. Insurance companies hate a confirmed LMSI diagnosis because it is virtually irrefutable, and it is expensive for them. However, if you have suffered LMSI, you are dealing with a serious health and healing challenge. You deserve those settlement funds for your compensation.  

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Call Thompson Law for Help After LMSI 

Have you recently experienced a car or truck accidentslip & fall, or perhaps a workplace injury? If you or someone you love is experiencing aches and pains from an impact injury in an accident, it’s incredibly important to seek medical attention and treatment. LMSI is commonly mistaken for run of the mill strains and sprains, but left undiagnosed and untreated, they can have major consequences for patients’ future health and mobility.  

If your injury was a result of the negligence of someone else, it’s also important that you speak with an accident attorney about your rights and your options. Suffering pain, losing time and wages from work, or facing lifelong physical hardship through no fault of your own is an injustice. You deserve compensation for the losses and the hardship you’ve suffered.

Cash payment may never make up for the injuries that result from car accidents or other dangerous accidents, but it can significantly help with handling the resulting bills, property damage, healthcare, and family challenges that follow. You deserve skilled, experienced, and caring help after a serious injury or LMSI. Call Thompson Law for assistance anytime. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, we are here for you. 

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2020 has certainly been an extraordinary year. From pandemic to political upheaval, there have been many events that are changing our communities, our country, and our way of life. Driving, traffic trends, road habits, and daily patterns are no exception in this extraordinary time. Recent patterns in how we travel on our roads and highways are changing from what we have experienced in the past. As we move into the second half of this significant year, we’re looking back at the impacts to our nation’s roadways over the first six months and considering what impacts may be to come.

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2020 Traffic Trends: Effects on Driving, Accidents, & Fatalities

The first half of this year has seen changes in density, accident rates, causes of fatalities, and trucking patterns. There are also some trends that have emerged more slowly over the years, leading up to the present, and we are seeing continuations of these patterns.

With COVID-19 quarantine measures and lockdowns, we have seen a steep decrease in traffic density in the early months of this year. In fact, you can see from USDOT’s Office of Highway Policy Information April 2020 Report just how much traffic volume decreased. Texas, as part of the South Gulf area actually experienced the slightest decrease of any regionalthough the region still dropped by 35.9%!

Understandably, with the reduction in traffic volume, came reductions in accident rates. However, a less anticipated repercussion of the empty roads was that speeding rates increased dramatically. What analysts found was that drivers who were out for essential work or errands on the relatively clear roads were taking advantage to race through town. This meant that while there were fewer accidents, many of those that occurred were particularly injurious because of high speeds at impact.

In NHTSA’s 2020 Report the organization articulated the concept of the “Accident Iceberg.” The model demonstrates that for each single traffic accident fatality, there are 18 hospitalizations and over 400 medically attended injuries. This shows that even a small number of speeding-related fatalities that we hear about on our roads and highways is truly just the tip of the iceberg to the true magnitude of traffic tragedy.

From the American Trucking Association’s 2020 analysis, in 2017, there were 36 million trucks registered and used for business purposes. This number excluded trucks used for government and farming equipment. It included 3.68 million Class 8 vehicles, including tractor-trailers and dump trucks. In 2017, all registered trucks traveled 297.6 billion miles, and combination trucks, like 19-wheelers, traveled 181.5 billion miles. In the same report it was published that in 2018 there were 3.5 million truck drivers employed in the United States.

Per the Federal Highway Administration’s 2020 report, the percentage of teenagers who hold a driver’s license has declined fairly steadily over the past forty years, apart from a slight uptick after 2014. In 1983, 46.2% of 16-year-olds held a driver’s license, while in 2018, only 25.6% of 16-year-olds held a driver’s license.

According to Statista’s 2020 reporting, in the first quarter of 2019, about 276 million vehicles were operating on America’s roads. It will be fascinating to finalize accurate numbers from the first and second quarter of 2020 comparatively, in the coming months.

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2020 Driving Trends: Effects on Industry and Claims

Apart from changes in driving patterns and driver statistics, industries related to transportation are experiencing effects as well. The insurance industry from auto insurers to healthcare insurers will likely go through significant changes. We have already seen a slow down in insurance adjuster processing and responsiveness due to lockdown conditions and strain on the healthcare system. Industry layoffs have been predicted, and other analysts have wondered if insurers will be more willing to negotiate fairly to operate expeditiously through this unprecedented period. Time will tell how the industry, and the customers, will fare.

The trucking industry will also see changes throughout this time. From increases in demand for consumer goods shipped to individual homes, to change in demand for shipments to brick & mortar locations, to the rollback of safety measures due to national emergency, to logistical support for our medical institutions, the ground transport we rely on is weathering big changes at this time.

While 2020 has seen a slowdown in many sectors, construction has remained more stable. City improvements and private projects continue, and in some cases have benefited by the lighter traffic of isolation periods. This essential work has in some cases operated at a faster pace due to fewer distractions and complications from traffic and commerce. On-the-job construction accidents remain a risk during this period, as site dangers remain. Heavy machinery and equipment, weather conditions, visibility concerns, and sometimes unpredictable conditions can all contribute to serious accident and injury.

Looking Ahead to the Second Half of 2020

Annual traffic trend predictions typically anticipate an increase in dangerous roadway activity in the latter half of the year. The return to increased traffic as school goes in session, the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and the return of bad weather that drivers need to readjust to after the warmer and temperate months all contribute to increases in accidents. Time will tell if these patterns persist as we adjust to the “new normal” of 2020.

In addition to traffic trends, a sector that may be particularly challenged in the second half of the year is the health insurance industry. This could have an important impact on your personal injury claim. Insurers are already slow to process claims, dragging their feet before denying them altogether. These tendencies may be exacerbated by a system weighed down with healthcare services rendered for COVID-19 patient care. A global pandemic is clearly grounds for a bogged down medical system, including facilities, providers, and insurers. However, don’t let systemic events impact your individual financial position and well-being. Partner with an experienced personal injury firm like Thompson Law to get the claim settlement results you deserve.

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Thompson Law: DFW’s Best Auto Accident Legal Resource

Auto accidents in 2020 have specific circumstances that require specialized expertise to handle. Thompson Law is here for you when you need us. With trends forecasted for the year, we are likely to be seeing more auto accidents like car crashes, truck wrecks, commercial vehicle collisions, and others, in the second half of 2020. If you have the misfortune to be hit by a distracted, drunk, or just plain negligent driver, you deserve to have representation and legal resources on your side.

Thompson Law is a full-service personal injury firm based in Dallas, TX led by Ryan The Lion Thompson. We have a reputation for taking personal injury cases all the way to court – and winning. If you are in need of attorney representation after an accident, you should seek out a firm that has skill and tenacity to take your case as far as it may need to go.

Call Thompson Law today for a free, no-risk consultation about any motor vehicle, workplace, or other personal injury accident you have experienced in the last two years. Our experts are standing by 24/7/365 to take your call. When you chose to retain our services, you pay no fee upfront, and you don’t pay a single penny unless we win your case. What have you got to lose?

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The present moment is resulting in changes to the way we live, work, and take care of business. Routine tasks we used to take for granted, or perhaps considered a slight nuisance, now may range from highly difficult to impossible. One of the most pressing concerns for people during this pandemic is fear of making decisions with insufficient information.

Many of our clients, as well as our own friends and family, are wondering about vehicle maintenance during this time. What maintenance needs are required for parked vehicles? What qualifies as an essential repair for those still driving? As an experienced personal injury law firm based in the DFW metroplex, we’ve seen our fair share of vehicle damage. Our experience has taught us the value of keeping our cars, trucks, and suvs in great condition. Our vehicles’ roadworthiness can really be the difference between life and death when you take these machines out on the road.

Read on for seven top tips regarding essential parked car maintenance, and three main pieces of advice for getting the expert products and services for necessary repairs during this tumultuous period.

Thompson Law is available to help answer your questions throughout this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our office remains fully functional and available at  214-444-4444. Although we are not currently accepting in-person appointments and our employees are working remotely, we can address any of your questions over the phone, via chat, or through a webform submission on our website. Further, we can sign you up electronically and help facilitate getting you the medical care you require. Please reach out and see what we can do for you.

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Seven Important Car Care Tips

1. Exercise Your CarIt may sound obvious, but cars are designed to be driven! If automobiles are left to sit in garages or parking spaces for weeks and months, the interacting components that make the vehicle run smoothly, from belts to the battery, can start to corrode, break down, or even rot. Do not set your parking break during extended sitting periods, as the pads can seize to the drum, resulting in problems later on. To combat ill effects, it’s recommended you take your car out for at least a 20minute or 10-mile drive a couple of times a month. This will help to lubricate and move component parts that need agitation to stay in good shape, and keep your battery charged!

2. Wash Your Car – Keeping a car clean of debris and dirt is not just for the sake of vanity! Removing corrosive substances from the surface of your vehicle serves an important purpose. Particularly if the regional shutdowns impacted your ability to give your car a post-winter spring-cleaning, now is the time. Getting sand and salt debris off the undercarriage of your car, truck or SUV is essential to keeping the underside of your vehicle free of rust. If you have a driveway or garage with space that allows washing, it could even be a great workout option for you to give your car a wash and wax treatment!

3. Change Your OilOne option is to save some cash and DIY this task. If this maintenance is beyond your skill level or you simply don’t have time while working from home and caring for your family, there are shops open to provide this service. See the section below for tips on where to go for pros who can help you without compromising your safe physical distancing.

4. Replace Burned Out Bulbs – It’s a violation to drive with burned-out exterior bulbs, so certainly get those taken care of if any of your signal, brake, or headlights are out. Check online for manufacturer instructions for the type of bulb you need, and be sure to purchase those with an appropriate “DOT” or “SAE” stamp on them. This ensures that you are using products in compliance with safety laws. Some extra care for the interior lights in your car could also make a big difference right now. While you have a little more time on your hands, take advantage and make your favorite automobile a little more hospitable with some upgraded LED interior lights.

5. Take Care of Your Tires – Worn tire treads are never safe to drive on, as these structures and shapes of your tires are what create traction that keeps all 4, 6 or 18 wheels securely gripping the road. Particularly as we face April showers this month, you want any rainy day driving to be as safe as possible with good tire tread. If you need tire repair or replacement, some tire shops remain open as an essential business during this time.

If you are maintaining your tires to park your car at home, experts suggest filling the tires slightly above their regular PSI and parking your tires on wood instead of a cool cement garage floor which can decrease the air pressure.

6. Deter Creatures from Visiting & Nesting – If a car is parked for a long time, particularly as temperatures rise through the spring, critters of all kinds may find it a cool, dry, and appealing place to make a home. This can be extremely destructive, with animals chewing away at wires and belts, resulting in serious and expensive damage. It can be even uglier if the critters die in your vehicle, leaving you with a real mess.

Don’t leave snacks or foods sitting in your car for long, especially if they have been opened. Wash the exterior clear of debris like dirt and leaves that can make the crevices of your car or truck that much more appealing to critters. By keeping your car clean on the inside and outside you reduce your risk of mold or creatures taking over your car while you were away.

7. Professional Maintenance for EssentialsIf you are continuing to drive as an essential worker, caretaker, or simply to accommodate important trips to places like the pharmacy and grocery, don’t forgo important vehicle safety measures due to COVID-19. Social distancing and hygiene measures are important, but if your car needs maintenance or repairs to run safely, reach out to your local auto shop for help coordinating these services. The next section includes local resources and tips to do this without exposing yourself to risky circumstances.

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Can’t Do it All on Your Own? 3 Great Resources to Care for Your Car Out in the World:

For the car care maintenance that you can’t do from your own home, there are some shops and facilities that are succeeding more than others in practicing safe hygiene and utilizing no-contact methods at this time. While our communities cope with the present climate, and balance priorities providing critical services while decreasing opportunities for risk, it is important to ensure that cleanliness and safety is consistently a top priority. Below are three strategies you can use practicing safe car care errands and some locations succeeding at these physical distancing efforts!

1. Drop-Box Drop-Off – Contactless appointments and delivery are more prevalent than ever before. Dropbox dropoff has long been an option for mechanic and dealership shops, particularly during after-hours, but now more than ever there is good reason to take advantage of this convenient no-touch system at any time of day. Some shops are even providing contactless pickup and delivery of your vehicle. Plus, mobile mechanics can also come to you, providing contactless service at your appointment.

2. No Contact Oil ChangeIf the DIY route is not an option for you, professional oil changes are still a possibility. Take 5 Oil Change has locations all over the metroplex and has for years provided fast and convenient service, while customers simply wait in the car. This is a great option right now, and extra safe as customers only need to crack the car window to take care of payment.

The Lion Law team has taken advantage of this cool service back when our Oak Lawn office location was open as usual, with a Take 5 location right around the corner at Lemmon Avenue and Throckmorton Street in Dallas.

3. Order Supplies OnlineWhile needless shopping out of boredom is not a great choice right now, as it puts delivery drivers and other workers at unnecessary risk, some purchases of car supplies are important for safety. Major retailers like AutoZone are offering free next day delivery or curbside pickup. Another great option may be to support local businesses. Call your local auto supply store or visit their website to see what safe shopping options you can take advantage of while patronizing their business.

Stay Safe Doing Auto Maintenance During this Crisis

Even while so many of us shelter-in-place, there are many vehicles still hitting the road each day to deliver critical products and provide essential services. Whether you are caring for a parked car during quarantine or maintaining your car for roadworthiness to do essential work, be sure to take care with choices you make for maintenance.

Keep your car in safe running order, but if this task involves going out for service or repair, be careful to practice social distancing in that process. Wear a mask, wash your hands as often as you can, and sterilize objects you bring home. Stay safe friends.

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The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years, so if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Call the 4’s right away for assistance with your injury and claim: 

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Less cars on highways means lower car accident numbers after stay-at-home mandates.

One effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic that may actually bring some good news is the fact that fewer cars and trucks on the road should result in fewer accidents. While financial concerns and difficult transitions in work and home life during shelter-in-place dominate our thoughts, can we accept a small comfort in lowered risk of auto accidents? Even with car accident numbers dropping, the results are still far from definitive as we still have miles to go (so to speak) in this crisis, some recent reporting does offer positive perspective. 

In this article, were examining some of the specific results to lessened traffic and decreased accident rates by region. We’ll also look at some of the altered contributing factors impacting collisions, as well as examining some of the hot topics and misinformation circulating about traffic accidents in the news.  

It’s an unprecedented time we are living through, and every day there is a vast amount of new coverage, updates, and opinions on the way life is changing and what these changes mean. At Thompson Law, we strive to be a resource for you in the midst of the current crisisOur top priority is helping clients receive the treatment they need, and get the very best claim and case outcomes after serious accidents. As part of our passion to serve our clients well, we recognize and accept the responsibility of keeping people informed on developments in our industry that have wider impacts in the world. We hope that this information helps you to feel informed, to make the best choices for you and your loved ones, and to know that you have powerful resources on your side. Reach out, if there is anything we can do to assist you 

Area-Specific Impacts of Stay-at-Home on Traffic and Driving 

Individual cities, states, regions, and countries have been analyzed for impact of traffic patterns and collision rates during the rise in adoption of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and various other public health measures aimed to fend off high infection rates. Industry, infrastructure, and government regulations have resulted in unique, area-specific outcomes, but the overwhelming, and somewhat unsurprising trend is clear – fewer cars on the road these days does mean fewer accidents.  

San Francisco, California – The home of Silicon Valley, which famously boasts corporate headquarters such as Lyft, Facebook and Google, was hit hard by high infection rates relative to much of the United States. Quickly, these large companies and others worked toward increasing percentages of their workforces stationing at home. The city officially ordered shelter-in-place measures on March 16th, but even in the weeks before this date traffic patterns were already being affected. Traffic patterns in the city are measured by Inrix, a firm which reported downticks on nearly all Bay Area bridges and toll roads, as well as decreases on BART ridership. These declines have only become more pronounced since stronger quarantine measures went into effect.

Washington State – Seattle Business Magazine has taken a definitively positive stance on traffic updates since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, and for good reason. Fatal accidents in the state are down a shocking 100% and motor vehicle accidents in general have declined by 67% across the state. These year over year statistics have even more specific results when the area of consideration is narrowed to Seattle alone, where there was a 76% decrease in accidents, and Bellevue, where there was an 81% drop. Regional statistics in the state also showed that weekday accident decreases were the largest contributors to the overall drops.   

Los Angeles, California – A city famously known for deadlocked traffic jams is also enjoying a reprieve as rush hour, and related accidents, have dramatically declined. The phenomenon has been shocking enough to drivers, that many are even breaking the law to video record their highway travels on their phone (this is an infraction in California code), sharing these videos with their friends and on social media in amazement. The change offers a striking perspective to any residents who are still driving – empty roadways mean people are not working, a sobering perspective. The freed-up freeways are also seeing an increase in driving speeds – about 27% faster. The city is grappling with a mixed experience as time spent sitting in traffic for city residents dropped in the hundreds of thousands of hours, which is a clear benefit, though the loss of jobs and increases in dangerous speeding temper the happier consequences.  

China – The spread of the coronavirus (sudden acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2) in China occurred on a time frame somewhat ahead of the United States, so reporting on roadway impacts there are a bit further developed at this point. Regions of the country underwent famously drastic measures in quarantining high-infection areas of the population in efforts to “stop the spread” and “flatten the curve.” So few cars on the road in January and February of this year resulted in significant accident rate drops. Insurance carriers have been required to respond accordingly. Experts interviewed on the trends have reported major anticipated drops in claim numbers for the first quarter of 2020, but anticipate increases, particularly in buses, taxis, and other commercial vehicles as the nation returns to work.  

New York, New York – New York City has become an epicenter of the crisis, not just in the United States, but globally as well. As early as March 19th in the crisis, when the case count was less than 4,000, the city had already experienced a 33% drop in accidents. At the start of April, the case count was over 45,000. As the city has gone under increasingly severe lockdown, and more and more residents fall ill, even fewer accidents are occurring. This statistical nosedive does not carry the same feeling of being and “upside” to our current situation in a city where the scope of the tragedy has become so severe. 

Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex – Our local area may unfortunately just be at the beginning of the process of facing this epidemic. The curve increased just this week with 100 new cases Wednesday the 1st of April. As many DFW counties and cities issues shelter-in-place more preemptively than some, we have already experienced some of the same traffic impacts as other cities. But as the virus’ impact on our area continues to grow, much remains to be seen.

Impacts on Types and Severity of Accidents

Changes in traffic density will not be the only factors that result in very different reports from this period of time, other contributing factors to accidents are also changing. Drunk driving accidents may see a decline, as bars and restaurants have been closed or reduced to limited operations during the crisis. Health and stress related wrecks may also see a downtick, some experts postulate, as stressed or ill employees experience alleviated or lightened work responsibilities. These experts base this on the fact that recessions historically have seen decreased mortality rates as long commutes diminish, and heart attacks are less common. This epidemic brings its own stresses to financial, family, and health matters, so the trade off with the stress of “normal” life is still unclear.  

On the other hand, bike accidents are already reported to be on the rise, particularly in urban environments, where bikes are an easier transition from cars for necessary errands, than in more sprawling parts of the country.  

Speeding-related wrecks may also experience a proportional increase, as the fewer people left on the road take advantage of the open-feeling lanes and make risky decisionsTrucker daily drive-time limits have also been lifted during the national state of emergency. While this is only true for drivers transporting cargo or personnel deemed essential for coronavirus-fighting efforts, the scale of this crisis requires large supplies and many healthcare specialists. The result may be vast numbers of overworked and exhausted drivers causing accidents on the road in their fatigue or in their speed as they race to critical destinations 

Certainly, fewer fatalitiesinjuries, and damages due to roadway accidents is welcome news in these challenging times we are facing. What remains to be seen is how the disruption to our daily lives, in order to save lives, will impact our communities in the long-term.  

Thompson Law is still fully open and operational in a work-from-home capacity for the safety of our clients, our employees, and our communitiesWe are still accepting new clients and working hard on our current clients’ claims and cases . If you have had the misfortune of suffering an accident during this time, or anytime in the last two years, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our passion is in fighting hard for our clients to get the injury treatment they need and the compensation they deserve. Reach out anytime 24/7 and see what Thompson Law can do for you. 

 

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The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years, so if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Call the 4’s right away for assistance with your injury and claim: 214-444-4444, 817-444-4444, 972-444-4444, 469-444-4444, or toll-free at 1-800-LION-LAW. 

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Welcome to Dallas 

In a study published late last month, Aceable completed its analysis of the 2018 data on driving in Texas. The results of the survey are surprising – while Dallas claims the unfortunate title of the most dangerous driving citythe neighboring suburb of Allen comes in as tied for the safest! Both Alleand The Woodlands (a suburb of Houston) boast an extraordinary zero fatality record for 2018. These two cities are stand-alone in reaching our state’s overall long-term goal of 100% deathless days on our roadways.  

Here at Thompson Law, we feel for the victims of Dallas’ increasingly risky roads. We see firsthand the devastation that can occur in the form of injuries, loss of property, and even death from traffic accidents. Our mission is to do all we can for our clients in the aftermath of a wreck. Sourcing treatment, fighting for maximum rightful compensation, and providing guidance regarding property loss are all important services that we provide to clients who have been injured in an accident. When you experience a damaging collision, call the 4’s for the help you deserve from Thompson Law. 

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The Fast Facts on Driving in Dallas 

    • Dallas has the fifth-highest rate of fatal traffic accidents compared to the US’s other 25 largest cities 
    • This fatality ranking was based on the rate of fatalities per 100,000 residents, had Dallas had 14.42 deaths per 100,000 residents. 
    • Frisco ranked as the 3rd safest city, with a fatality rate of 1.59 per 100,000 residents. This is an 806% lower probability of deadly accidents compared to the City of Dallas.  
    • Allen and The Woodlands each had zero fatalities 
    • Despite Houston having a million more people than Dallas, it ranked 14 places below Dallas in the latest per capita reporting.  
    • An average of 10 people perish every day on Texas roadways, and this has been true for nearly two decades.  

 

Driving in North Texas: A Mixture of Risky and Safe Spaces 

Dallas was not the only city of concern however, many nearby North Texas enclaves bumped up in the rankingsFort Worth sits at 4th most dangerous, Denton at 7th, Mesquite at 16th, Lewisville at 17th and Carrollton ranked 19th. Other regions in our state including Houston, San Antonio, and Austin also ranked on the more dangerous end of the scale 

On the other handwe do have some cities with safer rankings in the DFW area. Frisco, Plano, and Irving fared very well on the safe list. These cities have newer roads and signage, in addition to generally well-designed and wellmaintained infrastructureThey are also less constrained by the crowding that is stressing infrastructure in other parts of North TexasThe practices and investments in urban planning, design, and maintenance illustrated by these cities clearly pay off in lives saved.  

Texas as a whole was a bit of a mixed bag as well in terms of driving safety. On the one hand, there were no crashes that resulted in 6 or more deaths in 2018 However, there were also no deathless days on Texas RoadwaysThe Texas Department of Transportation’s #endthestreak campaign is aimed at achieving zero fatal days, as Texas has not experienced this phenomenon since November 7th, 2000. If we do not end the streak by this year’s November 7th anniversary, that will have been 7,305 consecutive days of roadway fatalities. The impact of this crisis is felt by all of us, and we cannot afford to wait for changes.  

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Causes of Traffic Accidents in Dallas 

Dallas may be unique in its ranking right now, but the causes of the accidents that occur there are common. The same culprits for wrecks and other serious traffic incidents strike across the state and across the nation, with notable and common causes being:  

  • Drunk and Drugged Driving 
  • Drowsy Driving 
  • Distracted Driving 
  • Outdated Infrastructure 
  • Speeding 
  • Driver Error (particularly lane change error)  
  • Cell Phone Use 
  • Unfamiliarity with Roads 
  • Aggressive Driving 
  • Merge Error 
  • Red Light Running 
  • Failure to Yield 
  • Poor Visibility (nighttime or weather conditions.)  

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What Comes Next for Dallas Drivers? 

Dallas is working to reduce the number of traffic fatalities with multifaceted plans that include roadway design initiatives and educational campaigns. Some of the plans that the city and our state have in mind for improvements include: 

As part of the previously mentioned End the Streak campaign, TXDOT will be spending over $600 million more for various roadway improvements in 2020-2022. These safety works will be aimed at the goal of having ZERO deaths on Texas roads in 2050. The interim milestone is geared toward halving the number of deaths by 2035. Fingers crossed that this ambitious and admirable plan succeeds!  

Additionally, the City of Dallas has its own similar initiative: Vision Zero aligns with the wider state goal of zero deaths. The city is actually even more ambitious, aiming to achieve the zero fatalities goal by 2030. With infrastructure, education, policing, and other factors to consider, and in light of the recent shift to first place most dangerous, Dallas seems to be facing new hurdles to meet these goals.  

Commendable as the plans are, with the rate of accidents and the serious nature of resulting injury and damage, we are left to wonder – will these efforts be enough? Or will they be too little too late?  

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Suffered a Dallas, TX, Car Accident? Hire Thompson Law for the Help You Need Now 

Has a Dallas, Texas, car or truck accident derailed your life? While serious wrecks may be happening more and more frequently in our area, this doesn’t mean you deserve to suffer in the circumstances. The error and negligence of bad drivers in this city still have consequences! When you hire a tough and experienced car accident law firm like Thompson Law, you get the lion on your side, and you improve your ability to stand up to the insurance companies and at-fault drives who wronged you. Don’t delay! You deserve compensation for the bills, stresses, pain, and suffering that resulted from your accident. Thompson Law is here to help you recover what is rightfully yours! 

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The State of Texas has a statute of limitations of two (2) years for personal injury casesso if you have been injured in a Dallas area accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Call the Fours right away for assistance with your injury and claim: (214) 444-4444, (817) 444-4444, (972) 444-4444, or (469) 444-4444. Wherever you are in DFW, just dial 444-4444. THE FOURS are here 4 you! 

 

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Doctor and patient discussing quality of life after spine surgery

Advances in spine surgery have made leaps and bounds, particularly in the last twenty years, but there is still an understandable fear around these significant procedures. The apprehension is only intensified when neck, back or spine surgery is a requirement of an accident that you suffered at the error and negligence of another. There are varying degrees of spinal surgery – some may be less invasive, some you may have relief of the symptoms and the problem, others may mitigate damage or avoid death but still leave a patient with everlasting impacts to their body and mind. Thompson Law has helped clients with health circumstances across the spectrum, and we are passionate about setting people up to succeed with the maximum compensation for all the influential ramifications of spinal injury accident 

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What Factors Lead to a Need for Spine Surgery? 

Back problems severe enough to require spine surgery most commonly result from one of two causes: disease or injury. In the personal injury space we frequently work with clients who have experienced a physically traumatic event resulting in injury and pain to the spinal column. Some accidents are more commonly the culprits of these injures than others, and here are a few of the accidents that most commonly result in surgical medical intervention: 

Common Types of Spinal Surgeries 

When you are preparing for your own spinal surgery, nothing about the process feels routine. Preparation, undergoing, and recovering from spinal surgery is no small task, though very significant advances have been made in the procedures, particularly in very recent years. In light of the increasing accessibility and precision of these procedures, some types have become very common place with highly successful outcomes. According to the Carolinas Center for Surgery, the 7 most common spinal surgeries include: 

  • Spinal Fusion 
  • Microdiscectomy 
  • Artificial disc replacement 
  • Laminectomy / Spinal Decompression 
  • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty 
  • Foraminotomy 
  • Interlaminar Implant 

There are many types of spine surgeries so if you do not see yours listed here, it does not mean that we haven’t experienced case work around that type of injury. Every case is unique, and every client is unique, but our wealth of skills and exposure in the practice of personal injury law makes us uniquely equipped to handle your case for the best possible results. If you have questions or are seeking guidance on navigating your serious injury following an accident, don’t hesitate to reach out for the help you need. Thompson Law is here for you anytime 24/7/365 

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Spinal Surgery – The Recovery Process

The period immediately following a spinal surgery is typically consumed by recovery. Individuals going through this process need to be prepared for taking time off work, having help around the house with responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning, caring for children and pets, and more. Much rest and rehabilitation will be required, and this can be a very expensive time paying for assistance services while not working. Additionally, recovery from surgery can be a painful process as your body heals and you have to work to return to strength. Physical therapy takes time and effort. It can be very challenging when first beginning, and also become a significant long term consideration for an individual’s life and health maintenance.  

Long Term Impacts of Spinal Surgery 

Individual situations vary, but in Thompson Law’s experience helping clients recovering from neck, back, spinal or other trauma and surgery, one can expect multiple impacts that fall into three main categories.  

Physical  Physical symptoms of spinal injury and surgery can be very wide ranging in severity and duration. Some of these impacts may include, pain, limited mobility, loss of mobility, stiffness, changes to posture and gate, and severe physical implications may include consequences like paraplegia or tetraplegia can result in very extreme limitations, requiring wheelchair use and resulting in complications and additional illnesses requiring rehospitalization throughout one’s life.  

Economic  Recovering from, and adjusting to life after, a spine surgery is a very expensive process. Individuals may need healthcare worker assistance, help around the house, their earning potential may be decreased, and they must plan for likely future hospitalization costs, and anticipate hospice or assisted living services earlier in life than anticipated 

Also, if you are going to live independently, you may need to do substantial work to your home and vehicle to make sure they are physically navigable for you. Retrofitting a current home or moving to an ADA compliant home is expensive and difficult. Especially if you are managing these logistics as a disabled person.  

Still, the news after a spinal surgery is not all bad. In and independent study conducted by a private practice spinal surgeon, the following data was recovered showing significant abilities of spinal surgery patients to return to work. Many people may go through a challenging time during the course of their surgery and recovery, but live a life perfectly normal to them on the other side.  

After an average 4 years, the following were still working: 

Lumbar Diskectomy – 95% 

Lumbar Laminectomy – 81% 

Short Fusion – 90% 

Long Fusion – 80% 

Emotional  Finally, undergoing spinal surgery and adapting to life afterward is an enormous life event to weather and adjust to. These events are extremely traumatic, and particularly if you are left with impacts that change your abilities indefinitely. Depression, PTSD, and other mental illness is common in patients who experience these extreme and challenging life changes. The emotional aspects to recovery from a serious accident should not be underestimated or ignored.  

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Familial Responsibilities 

The life impact of spinal surgeries does not only impact the patient who underwent the surgery. Family members and others close to that person will also experience effects. There can be a tremendous amount of fatigue that develops for family members providing caregiving time and effort to those they love. The hard work involved can lead to its own stress and physical ailments, as caregivers consistently carry heavy loads physically and emotionally, sacrifice their time, impacting their work and life responsibilities, to care for those they love who are in recovery or living with handicaps. In fact, over 50 million individuals provide these types of caregiving services, and the financial impact of this labor is twice the costs spent on nursing and hospice care expenses combined. The work of caring for our loved ones in time of hardship and healing is no small feat, and these challenges deserve recognition and compensation.  

 

What You Need to Plan for and How an Attorney Can Help 

All of the above challenges should be a part of your plan as you navigate the insurance settlement offers and related conversations following your serious accident. The short and long term impacts to your health, your lifestyle, your earning capacity, and your ability to lead a normal life with your loved ones are all extremely important and valuable considerations. An experienced personal injury attorney can fight for your maximum compensation for any and all of these economic and non-economic damagesand make sure that all the important aspects of your consideration are taken into account before you receive a final settlement. Nothing is more important than your health and healing, and Thompson Law is here to take care of the rest while you focus on your recovery.  

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 Thompson Law is Here for You After a Serious Spine Surgery 

Thompson Law is a tenacious DFW personal injury law firm dedicated to fighting hard for every last penny that our clients deserveWith this driven approach, we have won over $1.8 billion in compensation for our clients, resulting in life changing settlements and justice. We take every case as an opportunity to do the right thing and help people get back on their feet after a serious accident. If you or someone you love have experienced a serious accident resulting in a need for spinal surgery, reach out to Thompson Law today in Dallas at 214-444-4444, in Fort Worth at 817-444-4444,  in North Dallas at 972-444-4444, and in the DFW Mid-Cities at 469-444-4444. Get attorney Ryan Thompson – the all fours lawyer – on your side to make sure you are taken care of through a challenging process, and get the best possible compensation for your experience.  

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7 things your insurance adjuster doesn't want you to know

We’ve previously documented the sneaky tricks, here you will find 7 tricks your insurance providers play in past posts, like anyofthese. But it never hurts to refresh your knowledge in order to protect yourself from insurance carrier tactics. Thompson Law is here to fight for your maximum payout and share these tips to help you confidently move forward with your claim in the face of insurance adjuster opposition.

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Here are 7 Things Your Insurance Adjuster Does Not Want You to Know About

  1. Insurance Adjusters are Incentivized to Work Against You – Insurance companies literally structure evaluations for adjusters based on how little they pay out claims. “Success” for adjusters is measured in the number and frequency of low-ball offers they pay out, and these “accomplishments” result in rewards, including raises, promotions and bonuses. The insurers literally make money by keeping your compensation from you.
  2. They Offer Settlements that Are too Little on Purpose  A good rule of thumb is to not accept a first offer. Low dollar or zero dollar (declined) first offers are standard practice for many insurance companies. The people who design these policies assume many people are too busy, stressed, or unsure in their situation to fight back – and unfortunately, they are right. 
  3. Beware of Recorded StatementsAdjusters will attempt to get you talking on a recorded line and use specially designed questions and phrasing to get you to admit fault or contradict yourself. These recorded statements can come back to haunt you in negotiations, even if they are not fair or accurate representations of events or were the result of trick questions. It’s best not to speak with insurance representatives at all, but especially take care to avoid recorded statements. 
  4. The At-Fault Party’s Insurer is Not Your friend – Legally in Texas, you are not required to speak with the other party’s insurance representatives. Avoiding these conversations altogether is the best decision (see tip 3 above), and if communication needs to occur with the at-fault insurance carrier, trust those conversations to an expert (see tip 7 below).  
  5. Don’t Give a Medical Authorization – Adjusters use these releases to gain full access to your medical history. So, you might be in a position where you are being asked about an old illness or injury and defending yourself from the fact that a preexisting condition or old healed wound in some way impacted the injury from your accident. Additionally, in obtaining the release, they may use your statements on that recorded line to manipulate you into saying something like “the injury is not so bad” or “maybe it has to do with something that happened to me in the past.” All of this can work against you when it’s time to negotiate for your fully deserved compensation.   
  6. Take Notes and Document Everything – Whenever you speak with any person working on your case, from any institution, it is a good idea to take notes on the conversation. Record the date and time, name of the person you talked to, and what was discussed. It’s also always a good choice to stay calm, even if you are being told something upsetting or hearing statements that you disagree with. Staying cool and collected pays off in the long run, and your documentation of events is a great help if you do field a call like thisOf course, our key advice here would be to avoid speaking with anyone but your attorney or their designated representatives. You have the freedom to excuse yourself from conversations with other individuals involving themselves in your claim. This is the best course of action, as your attorney can best keep all communications heading in the right direction, and work for your benefit most efficiently and effectively.  
  7.  Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer– The best advice of all is to hire a skilled personal injury attorney.  Studies show that you will get a larger settlement when working with an experienced accident attorney, and it never hurts to engage the help of an expert when you are facing a difficult situation. 

Thompson Law works on a contingency fee basis, so we don’t get paid a cent unless and until your case is settled. If you have been hurt in an accident and need help taking on the insurance adjusters, receiving guidance on seeking medical care, and generally having someone in your corner to fight for what you deserve, reach out to Thompson Law. Our expert legal professionals are standing by 24/7/365 to speak with you about your case and get you on the track to recovery and righteous compensation. Call the all 4’s lawyers today in Dallas at 214-444-4444 or Fort Worth at 817-444-4444, or toll-free at the number below.

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According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the highest contributing factor for crashes statewide in 2018 was failure to control speed, resulting in over 138,000 collisions. Here in Dallas, distracted driving is ranked among the top leading causes of car accidents. The statistics are frightening considering that most of us rely on cars and buses to do daily tasks like going to work, running errands, and picking up our kids from school. Based on these numbers, car accidents feel inevitable, and we know a lot can change in the blink of an eye.   

A personal injury resulting from a car accident can create a financial burden, impacting our ability to work and forcing us to dive into our savings, if we have any to spareIf your car or truck accident resulted in permanent injury or the loss of a loved one, that is even more devastatingAccidents caused by the negligence of another driver also contribute to huge property losses and damages. These losses can take a toll in emotional, physical, and financial ways. Fortunately, there are resources available and steps to take when you have experienced an injurious car accident resulting in property damage to your vehicle.  Thompson Law is an experienced personal injury firm that can walk you through this process and provide guidance on the many responsibilities after your accident. 

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What is a Property Damage Claim?  

A property damage claim is, in its simplest form, a report of evidence submitted to an insurance company for the purpose of requesting repair or replacement for your damaged items. Distinct from personal injury claims, property damage claims are designed to recoup losses and damage to physical property. The damages that can be covered in these claims typically include repairs or replacement of the other person’s car when you are at fault, or repairing public or private property such as fences and buildings that were damaged as a result of the accident.  

It is important to understand the different types of accidents that could involve a property damage claim to be filed. In Dallas for example, distracted driving, driving under the influence, and reckless driving all are leading causes of car accidents. There are ways to help prevent such accidents, such as using Uber or Lyft when drinking on a night out, moderating your speed in unfavorable weather conditions, and practicing safe, defensive driving behaviors. Regardless of the many precautions we might take to avoid car accidents, others on the road with you may not be thinking or acting so cautiously. The ability to make property damage claims is very important in protecting your valuable assets when just these sorts of events occur.   

Thompson Law is an experienced personal injury firm, and our skilled legal staff are well versed in the types of personal injury policies on the market, and the best way to approach a claim. If you have questions about your claim and case, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are always happy to provide guidance with compassion and understanding.  

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What are the Steps to Take?  

When you have been involved in a car accident, or your vehicle was damaged by the negligence of someone else, you are entitled to file a property damage claim and obtain compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance.   

From the accident scene, the first thing you should do is call the police and get assistance. A police report is vital to documenting the events and occurrences of your accident and having these important details on record confirmed by a good authority. In some cases of accident where there have been no injuries or minimal damage, the police will not come to your location, which brings us to our next point. The time at the scene is critical for collecting as much information as you can that will support your claim. Getting the driver’s contact, insurance, and vehicle information is all vitally important. Take pictures and videos of the damage that was done to your vehicle. Be sure to get images that capture the full scope of damage inside and out of the vehicles involved, as well as any nearby property.  

After collecting all the evidence and notifying the police of the accident, you can always contact an expert accident lawyer like Thompson Law with questions and information about your incident. The Thompson Law team can advise you if it is in your best interest to move forward with filing a personal injury claim on your own behalf, or if there are extenuating and specific circumstances that demand the specialized skills of an attorney.

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When to Lawyer Up After an Accident 

The process of filing claims and working with insurance adjusters can be difficult, especially if you have never been through the process, or haven’t done so in a long time. With considerations of options to take, determination of responsibility, and trying to figure out finances involved, it can be overwhelming to decide and take the next correct steps. One decision we can help with here is whether or not to engage a skilled accident attorney.  

In many cases of accidents with property damage alone (meaning no injuries involved) the better decision is to file the property damage claim on your own behalf. This typically results in the best damages payout for you with no legal fees cutting into your settlement. If however, you are reaching a road block with the insurance companies, the situation has complications (multiple parties and fault, large companies or commercial institutions, or other unique factors), or there was an extreme amount of damage, you may want to do yourself the favor of consulting with an attorney for advice on how to move forward. And of course, if your accident resulted in injuries, it is always in your best interest to reach out to a specialized accident attorney for recommendations and help. 

Thompson Lawyers always offers free consultations, so there is no risk to you in reaching out to discuss your questions and concerns about your accident. If your claim does benefit from our services, and you choose to hire us, we will use all the evidence possible and build a strong case to fight for the compensation you deserve. We do all of this on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe us a cent unless and until we win for you. We offer clarity and information you can count on to be at peace, we fight hard for your best possible outcome, and we take care of you throughout it all. We understand that you want answers as quickly as possible and we work hard to deliver. 

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Thompson Law: Your Car Accident Attorney 

The dedicated lawyers at Thompson Law are here to assist you. If you have been in an accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, please contact THE FOURS in Dallas at 214-444-4444 or Fort Worth at 817-444-4444. If you need to reach one our car accident lawyers in San Antonio, you can also always call us at 1-800-LION-LAW (1-800-546-6529). We work in the best interest of our clients to get the justice and compensation you deserve. See how we can help you by giving us a call for a free case evaluation. Our staff is ready to take your call 24/7 and get started on your case. 

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Even with the incredible advances that have been made in recent history for the safety and functionality of automobiles, car accidents (as a category including other motor vehicle crashes) are still one of the leading causes of death in the United States every year. It is imperative that you Get Necessary Medical Care After A Car Accident. Over 100 people are killed daily as a result of these events, and over 2.5 million people are treated in ER’s over the course of a year. The institutional and financial impacts of these incidents is extremely significant, but even more important is the devastation to people’s health and well-being after suffering a painful injury in their car accident. 

If you are one of the millions of individuals involved in a car accident this year, this article is intended to help with the health considerations in the aftermath, from the diagnosis you may be facing, to the medical facilities that provide help, to the implications for the insurance claim and personal injury demands involved. Ryan Thompson and his team are passionate about providing quality Medical Care After A Car Accident and help to our clients, so if you have any questions after reading, please don’t hesitate to give us a call in Dallas at 214-444-4444 or Fort Worth at 817-444-4444.

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How Car Accidents Can Impact Your Health and Well-Being 

After you have been hurt in a serious car, truck, motorcycle, boating or ANY collision – please get medical treatment! Nothing is more important than your healing and recovery, and your first priority should be seeking immediate attention from a medical professional. Even minor impact crashes can result in injuries, especially if impact happened to occur in just the right place on your body or vehicle, or if you had a pre-existing affliction or condition that left you vulnerable. If you are not sure that you are injured or not sure how serious the damage is, do the right thing for your health and get checked out by a doctor. Shock and adrenaline after an accident can numb the body’s ability to sense pain, so you may not be in a position to confirm your own condition with accuracy.  

In the work that we do at Thompson Law, we have seen many types of injuries and many types of instigating events for the resulting trauma. But, there are a few categories of harm that we see most commonly. In a split second, a motor vehicle, workplace, or other accident could result in these types of injury and more: 

Head Injuries: concussions, bruising, bleedingtraumatic brain injury (TBI) 

Neck Injurieswhiplash, sprains, strains, damaged disks 

Back and Spine injuries: from slipped disks to paralytic conditions like paraplegia or tetraplegia 

Skeletal Injuries: broken, crushed or fractured bones, joint damage, lost teeth 

External Injuries: cuts, bruises, lacerations, burns 

Other injuries to musculature, tendons, ligaments, like sprains and strains 

Psychological Impacts: depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or cognitive and memory issues 

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Where to Seek Medical Care After A Car Accident 

Many of our clients seek advice on types of institutions and types of practitioners that they should visit. If you are lucky enough to walk away from an accident, and not be transported in an ambulance for immediate attention, you have at least some comfort in choosing the most appropriate venue for your needed medical care after a car accident. Here are a few of the categories of medical provider you may seek out after your accident and injury: 

Emergency Room – For serious injuries needing attention immediately 

Urgent Care Center – Similar benefits to an emergency room in that you can quickly be seen by a doctor with a short term or no appointment. Many facilities are 24 hours, and typically can treat a wide range of injuries  

Hospital – For long term, in-patient treatment; surgeries and recovery; and specialist care 

DoctorOffice – For injuries that are not debilitating, you can make an appointment and have the benefit of seeing your doctor or your primary care provider who also has your health history 

SpecialistOffice – For specific injuries, treatments, or care, often centered around a specific function or system of the body that has sustained injury in your accident 

Therapist, Psychologist or Psychiatrist’s Office – For counseling and recovery assistance for the psychological impacts many feel during and after their accident. Emotions like fear, helplessness, and grief can impact the healthy functioning of the brain and need treatment just like any other part of the body.  

Physical Therapy – For specific exercise and healing techniques to return the systems of the body to function as well as possible after the injury 

Chiropractor – For the neck, back, and certain spinal injury therapies 

Other TherapeutiTreatments – Sometimes referred to as holistic practicesthey focus on total body wellness. Examples include types of massage or acupuncture 

 

How Medical Treatment Impacts Your Claim or Case 

Getting immediate medical treatment does two very important things: first, it makes sure that any injuries you sustained are properly diagnosed and treated, and second, it helps eliminate any doubt that your injuries were caused by the accident. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for medical bills and time off work, with the help of your attorney. 

The expert accident lawyers at Thompson Law are very skilled at guiding clients through the steps to take after sustaining an accident during an injury. Your dedicated attorney and their team can provide advice and a network of medical resources for your health and healing, all while overseeing the case documentation for the full scope of your expenses, losses, and hardships experienced as a result of your accident. Armed with this information about your experiences, they fiercely fight for every penny of compensation you deserve from those at fault. If you have any questions about this process, we are here to help answer them, and help you focus on the most important thing – your recovery. 

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Thompson Law is Your Ally in Treatment After Your Accident 

After a serious injury accident, there are many critical decisions that need to be made so quickly. It can be incredibly overwhelming to navigate all the requirements of insurance companies and medical institutions, all while trying to heal and recover, field the incoming repair and hospital bills, and just keep your life together.  

At Thompson Law, we’ve all been affected by these situations in our own lives, or through the experiences of our loved ones. We deeply understand and care about the trauma that you are suffering from a serious injury. Our goal is to take the hard work of battling with the bureaucracies of these large institutions off your plate. Let us gather the evidence, document your medical treatment path, and set you up for a successful demand from the at-fault parties.  

All that we have talked about here is more than just our area of expertise because the empathy that informs this work that we do is central to who we are as individuals, and as a firm 

 

Please reach out when you are in need of help after an accident. 

We are here for you anytime you need us. 

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The average amount of property damaged caused in each crash in the US is about $7,500, and considering Texas alone has over 400,000 crashes every year, you can image the massive impact that property damage has on our lives (and wallets) annually. Facing these costs, especially while dealing with the pain, medical treatments, missed work, and other stresses that come with serious accidents, is daunting. It can feel like there are too many huge decisions to make in too short a time. There are some key points after an accident at which you have the opportunity and power to make decisions around your auto repairs. Once you’ve determined your choices for these important decisions, the service providers you’ve selected can guide you through the right process. And as always, Thompson Law is here to help you have the best outcome possible after your accident. 

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Filing an Insurance Claim and the Role of Fault 

The first decision to be made is if you want to go through your insurance or the at-fault party’s insurance for your repairs. You only have this option if you are not at fault for the accident. If you are at fault, filing through your own insurance is the only option. Additionally, this consideration is only helpful if the at-fault party has adequate insurance. If they are uninsured or under-insured, you may need to file through your own insurance in order to recoup an amount that covers the value of your losses. It seems counter-intuitive to file against your own insurance when you did not cause the accident, especially if the at-fault party does have adequate coverage. However, even an adequate level by Texas law standards ($25,000 minimum) does not cover the full value of many vehicles on the road today. It is worth considering the benefit of receiving a higher payout through your own insurer, even if it potentially means higher future premiums for you. 

Sourcing Auto Repair Options

After you’ve made your decision about the insurance filing, the next thing you need to do is find the repair shop you would like to do the work. Insurance providers typically have repair shop networks that they prefer you to select. There can be a benefit in moving forward with these preferred shops, as the relationship shared by the shop and the insurer can expedite the process of communicating and handling your property damage claim. 

Some people are understandably skeptical of these network providers, and worry the relationship is benefiting the insurer & shop more than their needs as the customer. This is a very understandable instinct, and one thing you can do to ensure you are getting a fair analysis of the damage and good service at the shop is to vet the businesses you are considering. Using review forums like GoogleYelpAngie’s ListAutobody Review, and more can provide you with valuable information from previous customers. In addition to checking these sites for reviews of good workmanship, fair pricing, honest practices, and good customer service, ask your real life network of friends and family for their experiences and recommendations. It never hurts to gather more information so you can make an informed choice for your car, truck, motorcycle or other repair! Finally, don’t forget to take your own needs into consideration. The most important thing a repair shop can do is provide good, fairly-priced work, but don’t undervalue considerations like the shop’s distance from your home or work. Choosing a convenient location, if you have the option, can make a huge impact on the amount of time and level of inconvenience that comes with having your source of transportation out of commission. 

Property damage claims can be tricky and take more time and patience than seems reasonable. If you have reached a point where you feel you can’t make a decision or don’t know how best to move forward, Thompson Law is here for you. Our legal experts really have seen it all when it comes to motor vehicle accidents and property damage. They can certainly provide recommendations and guidance on the options you have and the considerations to make. Please reach out for the help you need after your serious accident. 

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Auto Repair Tips and Tricks: A Couple More Options to Consider 

We’ve written a few articles over the years about the trickster tactics employed by insurance adjusters in medical claims (like this one, or this one, … or even this one), so it likely comes as no surprise that the insurance companies are also prepared to cut corners in their customers’ cases of property damage. The following are other options available to you that are sometimes left unclear or avoided altogether by the insurance companies as they try to minimize their responsibility to a claim. Just remember, you are in the drivers seat! Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you are owed. 

  • If the repair costs to the car exceed the estimated value of the vehicle, it will likely be declared a “Total Loss.” In the case of a Total Loss, you have the choice to keep your car or take the settlement when totaled. This decision will of course affect the settlement amount you are offered, so it is important to consider the financial impact for the short and long term. Additionally, keeping a car that has been totaled will require repairs to pass its next state inspection and you will likely be excluded from purchasing comprehensive insurance coverages for that vehicle.  
  • You do not have to accept an offer. Often insurance companies give low-ball offers or don’t do adequate research on the vehicle before determining its worth. They assume customers will just take what they are given and not question the amount – and unfortunately, people do fall victim to this practice. If you have made improvements to your car, had low mileage, or there were other circumstances that made your car more valuable than the offer, make this case to the insurance company. Your Thompson Law team can provide tips on how to navigate this option. 

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Thompson Law is a Personal Injury Law Firm, so the focus of our practice is securing justice and fighting for deserved compensation in cases of bodily injury through error or negligence. However, our work frequently intersects with property damage situations, including cases like car accidentstruck wrecksboating mishaps, and more. So, our experienced team is able to provide some guidance around the property damage you suffered in your injurious accident. We can help you to understand the scope of coverage an insurance policy offers and advise you of the route to take on the big decisions discussed above. What we can’t do is negotiate a property damage claim on your behalf. At Thompson Law, we want you to have the absolute best outcome possible. We are here to help you through your healing and recovery and fight for the compensation you deserve. It is in your best interest to take ownership of the property damage claim, so that you receive the highest settlement possible without any legal fees. But, as we help you through your personal injury case, we are here to answer questions and help you any way we can. Call THE FOURS LAWYERS in Dallas at 214-444-4444 or Fort Worth at 817-444-4444, or toll free at the phone number below if you need a San Antonio car wreck lawyer or live elsewhere in Texas.

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In Fort Worth there are over 15,000 traffic accidents annually. In fact, the city of Fort Worth even has a comprehensive and interactive map of traffic incidents available for public reference. Even if your home, work, or other frequent locales are not located in the map areas with the highest concentration of collisions, there is no arguing accidents are frequent. Fort Worth road travel can be highly dangerous to all of our city’s residents.  

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Steps to Take After Your Forth Worth Accident

After a serious accident in Fort Worth, the shock and adrenaline can make it difficult to focus on taking the right steps. Use this convenient guide to so you will know what to do after an accident in Fort Worth. 

First, if injuries on the scene are severe call for emergency medical support. Calling 911 for ambulance, firefighters, and police can be critical to saving lives and preventing further injuries.  Next, be sure to carefully cooperate and comply with  instructions from the emergency responders. Finally, gather the following important information:    

  1. Exchange Personal Identification – Take photos or otherwise exchange personal identification information (e.g., drivers licenses, insurance card information) with owners, drivers, passengers, and witnesses. For each person involved, get their full name and contact information. Also, obtain license plate numbers, registration info, and location info
  2. Take PhotosTake pictures of all vehicles involved, the accident site, and the property damage to vehicles. This might include car parts, buildings, or other objects that sustained damage in the accident. Further, take pictures of injuries to the people involved in the accident.
  3. Call the Police – For  emergencies  call 911. Alternatively, for less serious collisions call the Fort Worth police department’s non-emergency line at (817) 392-4222. In both scenarios, cooperate fully with the operator. Also, carefully follow the operator’s instructions. Then, when emergency personnel arrive, listen to and follow their instructions  as they generate an accident report.    
  4. Exit the SceneTake care departing the scene of the accident. Follow the direction provided by emergency professionals. Gather the Fort Worth police report when it is available, typically within 7-10 days of the accident. 
  5. Seek Medical Attention – It’s important to your health to seek medical attention at a hospital, emergency room, emergent care facility, or with your primary care physician. Further, getting medical care quickly is critical to establishing your injury claim. For example, insurance companies often argue people that do not quickly seek treatment were not hurt in the accident. Rather, adjusters will argue they were likely hurt in another way, such as on-the-job or in a prior injury event. Do not try to tough out your injuries.  Seek medical care now.
  6. Call Thompson LawProtect your rights by calling Thompson Law in Fort Worth at (817) 444-4444 as soon as you are able. We offer FREE CONSULTATIONS. Further, there’s NO FEE unless we win for you. The sooner you make this call the better! If you are able to call from the scene of the accident or hospital we can begin assisting you right away. Don’t hesitate to protect your and your loved ones’ interests after a serious car wreck. 

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Accident in Fort Worth? Thompson Law is Here for You

At Thompson Law we truly understand the devastating impact that a serious truck or car accident in Fort Worth can have on your life. We have always believed in offering a variety of communication and meeting methods. For example, we can come to you wherever you are, or sign you up over the phone.

We understand the pain accidents can cause our clients. First, there’s the pain associated with injuries. Second, you’ve lost or damaged your primary means of transportation. Third, you may miss time at work. Fourth, you have mounting bills and expenses. In sum, all of these stressors can result in significant disruption to our clients’ lives. Rest assured that after your accident in Fort Worth, Thompson Law can and will take care of you.

From multiple locations to serve you, to 24/7/365 availability, to an extensive network of exceptional medical providers, to an experienced and passionate legal team dedicated to your case – we strive to offer everything our clients need after an accident. Contact us today at 817-444-4444 to see what Thompson Law’s Fort Worth office can do for you. In sum, call four and get the roar!

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Car accident types

Over 400,00 car accidents occur in Texas each year, more than 6 million in the United States, and a frankly incalculable number occur globally, resulting in 1.3 million deaths and 20-50 million injuries around the world each year. With these numbers, it seems like every possible type of motor vehicle crash must have occurred, even ones that seem absurdly implausible. Despite the vast quantity of accidents, the vehicle involvement, cause, and type of impact that occur will generally fall into one of several categories discussed below 

To avoid any of these types of crashes, it is important to drive defensively with your full attention on the task of operating the vehicle and to avoid any substances or habits that can impair your sensory capabilities. If everyone took these steps, we would have far fewer crashes, injuries, and fatalities each year. If you have had the misfortune of suffering a serious car accident, know that help is available to you. A quick call (15 minutes or less) to an experienced accident attorney in San Antonio or Dallas-Fort Worth can be tremendously helpful in getting you and your loved ones on the path to recovery, well-deserved compensation, and peace of mind.  

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Car Accident Categories 

Vehicle Involvement 

All vehicular collisions fall into one of the two below categories. From there they can be more specifically categorized by their impact, trajectory, and causes. 

  • Single VehicleOne vehicle going off the road or colliding with debris or stationary objects, resulting in damage or injury. 
  • Multi VehicleOne or more vehicles colliding with one or more vehicles or objects. Multi vehicle crashes are the deadliest forms of automobile crashes.   

Types of Impact in the Collision: 

Rear EndWhen the front end of one vehicle makes contact with the back end of another. Multiple rear end collisions can be called a pileupOne cause in large trucks is due to the weight of a trailer and cargo. Heavy trucks are much harder to stop than cars, SUVs, or other standard vehicles, velocity keeps them moving faster for longer 

BroadsideAlso called a T-bone collision, one automobile collides with the side panel of another creating a “T” shape. Common accident at intersections where traffic is meeting from different directions. 

SideswipeA collision where two vehicles pass each other two closely, resulting in contact with the sides of the vehicles. This type of impact can occur when large trucks that require wide turns miscalculate and scrape a neighboring vehicle. 

RolloverA crash where one vehicle flips upside down one or more times. Since the requirement for anti-lock brakes went into effect, rollovers have surpassed jackknifing as the most dangerous accidents for 18 wheelers.    

Head OnA crash where two vehicles experience impact on their front ends. Often due to fatigue or drowsiness resulting in one driver wandering out of their lane. Also possible on narrow or curvy roads with poor sightlines.  

JackknifeMost common in semi-trailers, but possible for other vehicles transporting an attachment on a trailer hitch. When the (rear) wheels lock up and the trailer swings to create a sharp angle with the truck. This type of accident always results in spin-out, loss of control of the vehicle, and usually multiple lanes of traffic are impacted. 

These accidents may be defined by different types of impact, but they share many of the same causes. Drunk driving or driving under the influence of other substances is the number one cause of fatalities. Drowsy driving and distracted driving (texting, eating, adjusting the radio) are increasing contributors to serious injury. Speeding, improper lane change and other driving technique errors are also very significant factors. These human error related causes come before other dangers out of anyone’s control: bad weather, icy roads, and other unexpected environmental circumstances can also contribute to dangerous conditions. Driving is a risky activity, and it is imperative that all drivers remain focused and alert while operating a vehicle to avoid any of these frightening crashes. 

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After Accident Essentials

What You Should Do Immediately Following the Collision

  • If there are serious injuries at the scene, call 911 for emergency medical help. Emergency professionals such as EMS, police and firefighters will direct the next steps to take care of people and property
  • Recording the events of the accident is extremely important. Arming your Thompson Law team with the best information possible as they represent you in your claim will result in the best case possible and highest compensationTake pictures, take down identification like drivers’ license information, license platesinsurance information, and witness contacts, and coordinate with emergency responders to make sure reports are generated. 
  • Do not make a statement to any representatives from insurance companies or the companies associated with any fleet vehicles 
  • Do not apologize to anyone involved in the crash, because even as a figure of speech this can be construed as an admission of guilt. 
  • Leave the scene carefully by instruction of the emergency professionals.  
  • Call an Experienced Car Accident Attorney as Soon as You Safely Can. Thompson Law will provide assistance and legal guidance. By managing your claim, gathering all aspects of your medical and property damages, supporting you through the negotiations process with at-fault parties, and more, we relieve you of the burden of these tasks, so you can focus on your healing and recovery. 

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The Thompson Law Difference

If you have been hurt in a car, truck, 18 wheeler, or other motor vehicle accident, the time to contact your trusted injury attorney, Thompson Law, is right now.The stakes are simply too high after a serious accident not to protect your interests. Medical and car repair bills, lost time and work, and the stress to your personal and family life are all serious considerations, and difficult to navigate. When you work with an experienced and compassionate firm like Thompson Law, you can rest easy knowing that you will get the medical care you need, the compensation you deserve, and the peace of mind you need after a frightening wreck. Your dedicated Lion Law team will guide you through the process of seeking treatment, protect your interests in negotiations with at-fault parties, and go to battle for the compensation you deserve.  

Don’t be afraid to stand up to the big insurance companies. After any serious car wreck, you need an expert advocate and a tenacious attorney to have your back.  Ryan “The Lion” Thompson is the accident lawyer you need. Call the 4’s lawyer for a free consultation today at 214-444-4444 in Dallas, 817-444-4444 in Fort Worth, 972-444-4444 in North Dallas, 469-444-4444 in the DFW Mid-Cities, or toll free at 1-800-LION-LAW (1-800-546-6529) anywhere in the United States. Call The Fours!

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car accident injuries

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the top three injury-caused deaths across all age groups in the United States, and one of the top ten causes of non-fatal injuries. This tragic reality is so well known that the CDC tracks the data in an extensive and dedicated bank of rolling reported statistics. Sadly, many car accident injuries and results could be prevented if people consistently followed the rules of the road, paid full attention to the task of driving, and took proper safety precautions.

If you are one of the 2.35 million people who have been injured in an automobile accident in the United States this year, help is available. Read on for more information about injuries frequently caused by car accidents, and the resources available if you or your loved ones have suffered any of these damages or others.  

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Injury Categories Common to Car Accidents

Whiplash: Whiplash injuries are a specific movementbased injury to the spinal column in the neck, caused by a rapid forward and backward movement that rocks the head and neck. This injury is most commonly caused by car accidents but can also be caused by sports accidentsslip and fall accidents, and more 

Soft Tissue Injuries: Typically identifiable by pain, bruising, and/or swelling, buthe following are common types of this category of injury which include damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons.  

  • Joint trauma: In a soft tissue context, damage to muscles, ligaments or tendons that surround or support a joint, causing pain and potential loss of mobility. Common in wrists, ankles and more in car accidents.  
  • Contusions: a type of hematoma, meaning a collection of blood outside a blood vessel, a contusion occurs when an injured blood vessel leaks blood into the surrounding area. The most common form is bruising – an extremely common car accident injury. 
  • Strains: small tears of the muscles 
  • Sprains: overstretching or small tears of ligaments and tendons near joints.  

Spinal Cord Injuries: These injuries can be extremely serious, with symptoms that are often far-reaching in their impact throughout the systems of the body, sometimes with irreversible consequences.  

  • Disk: Slipped, herniated and prolapsed disks are all varieties of disk injuries that can cause pain and other debilitating damage. Treatment varies widely depending on the severity of the injury.  
  • Neck Injury: accident trauma is the most common cause of these injuries 
  • Back Injury: car accidents are one of the most common causes of back injury as well. 
  • Paralysis: a devastating injury defined by the loss of muscle function in part o the body caused by spinal trauma 

Head Injuries: Also called skull injuries, skull fractures or cranial injuries. Head injuries can be open (injury penetrates to the brain) or closed (the skull is not punctured )Head injuries are some of the most common causes of death in adults. 

Broken Bones: While some of these injuries are exactly what you picture based on the name, there are actually a number of ways that impact damage can affect bones. Transverse breaks, stress fractures, oblique breaks and displacement, compound fracture, bending the bone to a stress point called greenstick (common in children or babies), and comminuted breaks are all types of damage sustained by the bones. Treatments include casts, splints, and in some cases surgery.  

Internal Injuries: Very commonly caused by auto accidents, and an extremely serious consequence of impact trauma. Bleeding in the body or damage to organs can express a variety of symptoms and complications depend on the severity and location of the injury. 

Amputations and Dismemberment: Loss of limb by medical necessity (amputation) or by accident (dismemberment) can be extremely devastating and life-altering consequences of motor vehicle accidents. 

Wrongful Death: A term that legally defines the death of a person due to the wrongful act of another person, including but not limited to, negligence and carelessness, as in the case of a car or truck wreck. 

Car Accident Injuries Critical Takeaways 

There is a lot of information and trauma to absorb and process after a serious injurious accident. Here at Thompson Law, we have worked with thousands of clients to navigate these circumstances, so we understand this can be extremely overwhelming. Despite the challenges presented after your accident, there are a few actions that are essential to take.  

  1. Seek Medical Attention: After an accident, nothing is more important than your health and healing. Be sure to seek medical care and examination after suffering a serious accident. Your adrenaline and shock may be masking dangerous pain and trauma. A doctor’s assessment right away can mean the difference between full recovery and lifelong damage. 
  2. Complete Your Full Course of Treatment: After you have been prescribed a course of treatment, be sure to follow it completely and carefully. Gaps in treatment compromise your healing process and also compromise your settlement potential. The at-fault insurance company can argue that your injuries are unjustified or less severe if you do not show a complete and timely execution of your prescribed treatments. 
  3. Call an Experienced Car Accident Injury Attorney: Thompson Law will provide assistance and legal guidance. By managing your claim, gathering all aspects of your medical and property damages, supporting you through the negotiations process with at-fault parties, and more, we relieve you of the burden of these tasks, so you can focus on your healing and recovery. 

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If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, the most important thing you can do is seek treatment. After the shock and adrenaline rush of an accident, you may not feel the pain of an injury right away. Do yourself the kindness of getting medically checked out after your accident. Your doctor may find that your injury is minor and will subside with time and rest or may find a more severe issue requiring in depth treatment.

If this is the case, the sooner you get a diagnosis and prescribed plan, the better. Your doctor and other medical professionals will help you get on a more effective and faster path to recovery if there is no delay or gap in your treatment.  

In tandem with your journey to medical recovery with the help of your doctor, work with an experienced accident attorney to get on the path to recovering your losses and receiving your just compensation. Thompson Law’s staff has hundreds of years of combined industry experience, and the team has won over $1.8 billion dollars in past settlements. After your accident, you need The Lion on your side to help you fight the insurance companies and atfault parties for every penny you deserve. If you have been injured in a car accident and need help, call today. 

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Texas law limits the time you have to file a claim, so don’t delay. Reach out to Thompson Law here and get connected with one of our expert legal representatives right away. We have experienced and compassionate professionals on standby 24/7/365 ready to take your call, hear your story, and get to work helping you. Call Thompson Law today in Dallas at 214-444-4444, in Fort Worth at 817-444-4444, in North Dallas at 972-444-4444, or in the DFW Mid-Cities at 469-444-4444.  Call the 4’s!  Thompson Law is here 4 you.

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Dallas-Fort Worth has gained one million people in less than 10 years, making the Metroplex the 4th largest in the nation. The population of our metropolis is over 7.5 million people, a tally that stresses the infrastructure of our city’s including roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. DFW residents are noting the increase in heavy traffic and longer commutes, as our city becomes a more difficult and treacherous place to navigate every day.  

Luckily, there are resources that exist which can help you avoid – or at least take care – through the riskiest traffic areas in our city. Real-time traffic apps allow residents to avoid areas of traffic congestion, and historic incident trackers provide valuable information in making choices about where to live or travel regularly. Area reporting of increasingly dense neighborhoods and new construction projects have kept us up-to-date throughout the year.  With these factors in mind, it is interesting to look back on the events and trends of 2019 that have impacted the roadways in our area, and consider what’s to come in 2020.  

With the increases in population and traffic, if you have been a victim of an accident on North Texas roads this year, you are certainly not alone. On average, 10 people are killed on Texas roads every day. The frequency of these terrible accidents means that victims do not need to suffer alone. Reach out to Thompson Law for help and advice on your situation.

Our compassionate team of legal experts are passionate about delivering personal injury justice for North Texans and citizens all across our great state. We live and work here, too, and the serious accidents that happen affect us, as well. We care about helping our clients through these hard times and look forward to the opportunity to help you. 

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Traffic in Dallas in 2019

Dallas Growth over the Years

In the last couple of years, the population of Dallas proper has grown by over one hundred thousand residents. Further, the surrounding towns with significant ties to the commerce and culture of the city have experienced even higher rates of growth. The upcoming 2020 census may shed even more light on the specific shifts that have taken place in our landscape, but the population boom in our area is undeniable. 

Current Dallas Construction Projects

DFW is the country’s second-busiest building market, and this high volume of new construction and disruption to our city is a major contributor to the increasingly dense traffic patterns. In Uptown Dallas alone there are over 15 new construction projects currentlyEven with the relative slowdown in construction that occurred this year, the Dallas area still holds the second-place spot – a good indicator that the boom will continue. Apart from private development, city and state projects are also significant and ongoing in Dallas.

The District of Dallas spent over $1.16 billion on construction and maintenance expenditures for 2019 alone! This has no small impact on our city, and commuters and travelers through the following thoroughfares have seen the effects of the construction works in progress: 

  • Expansion for SH 190 
  • Redesigns of I-30 
  • Redesign of US 80 E 
  • Expansion of Loop 9 (I-20-US 287) 
  • Improvements and Expansions to I-30 
  • Improvements and Expansions to I-35 
  • Improvements to US 67 
  • Many smaller-scale improvements to roadways, like the downtown Cesar Chavez corridor

Traffic Incidents this Year

One person has died on Texas roadways every day for the last 19 years. Unsurprisingly, Dallas recently ranked as one of the worst driving cities in the United States. In fact, Dallas News reported on a study that Dallas drivers are 46% more likely to be in an accident than drivers elsewhere in the nation. The city narrowly missed a “15 worst” ranking of all U.S. cities. This near-miss is not comforting, as the United States has roughly 20,000 cities, meaning Dallas probably ranks in about the top 0.1% of the worst driving areas.  

With so many fatal tragedies annually, it is impossible to select specific events that were notably devastating. There are such far-reaching consequences from each life lost, how can anyone understand the full impact of every event? All that we can do is take individual actions to make safe driving choices ourselves hopefully help to #endthestreak. 

Resources and Maps for Dallas

If you are looking for tips to prepare for any type of commuter or special travel on Dallas roads, many resources exist to help you plan the most efficient and least risky route using real-time traffic updates. Apps like Google Maps, Wego, Apple Maps, and Waze are frequent go-to’s for drivers, but these platforms are not the only resources that exist.

Our cities and states provide this information and more on other platforms, as wellTxDOT has an interactive map here that can show real-time traffic and causes of delays or closures on our roadways. Additionally, Dallas has a geographic information system (GIS) webpage that is a platform for planning and zoning information for the city.  

Traffic in Fort Worth in 2019 

Fort Worth Growth over the Years

The Fort Worth population has grown significantly in the past couple of years, adding over 20,000 residents within the city boundary alone. In the last decade, the population increase was over 125,000 people, which equates to nearly 17% of population growth for the city! In fact, the boom this area experienced was extremely impactful in moving Fort Worth up the rankings of largest U.S. cities, overtaking both San Francisco, CA, and Columbus, OH. By all standards, the growth is not anticipated to slow down anytime soon. 

Construction Projects in Fort Worth

Although Fort Worth trails Dallas in terms of total expenditures for construction and maintenance, the figure for improvements contracted by the District of Fort Worth was by no means insignificant. The District paid over $731 million in these costs over the past year. Many private projects are beginning or ongoing, as well, including Cowtown Place, Frost Tower, Pinnacle Bank Place, a new Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel, Trinity Terrace, Broadstone 5th and Summit, the Ciera Bank Building, the Fort Worth Police Officers Association Building, and more.  

Traffic Incidents in 2019

One of the greatest topics of contention in the Fort Worth area traffic this year was the flourishing of roundabouts in new development areas. Many residents and commuters find them confusing and frustrating to navigate with aggressive drivers taking advantage of the system and unfamiliar drivers bogging down the flow of the signature yielding method. Through community conversation and analysis of traffic right-of-way patterns, Fort Worth residents will be happy to hear that 11 notable new roundabouts will instead be configured as stoplight intersections: 

  • Blue Mound Road and US 287 northbound Frontage Road 
  • Blue Mound Road and US 287 southbound Frontage Road 
  • Keller-Hicks Road and Katy Road 
  • Bonds Ranch Road and Farm-to-Market Road 156 
  • Golden Triangle Avenue and Harmon Road 
  • Avondale Haslet Road and Willow Springs North Road 
  • Avondale Haslet Road and Willow Springs South Road 
  • Avondale Haslet Road and Sendera Ranch Boulevard 
  • Kroger Drive and Kroger Distribution Drive 
  • Kroger Drive and Park Vista Circle West 
  • Park Vista Boulevard and Keller Haslet Road

Resources and Maps for Fort Worth

Fort Worth shares many of the online and app-based resources that Dallas has. Additionally, the City of Fort Worth has published a Vehicle Accident Datacard that provides an incredibly comprehensive view of recent traffic incidents, and details about their circumstances. You can actually zoom in on your neighborhood or your work commute to see the dangerous spots where there are concentrations of accidents.

This can be an extremely useful resource in avoiding high-risk zones, as well as spotting patterns of traffic violations that are plaguing your area. With the city authoring this data card, hopefully, the tool becomes a great help in completing urban planning and infrastructure initiatives to improve safety and save lives.   

Thompson Law Protects You Across DFW

Thompson Law has an established office in Dallas (214-444-4444), and you may have seen television, radio, bus ads, and other images of the firm around Dallas. But did you know that the Lion Law firm team opened a new location in Fort Worth (817-444-4444) this fall off of East Loop 820 South? The new Thompson Law location exists to serve clients all over the Metroplex even better. From our additional office space, we have increased convenience for our clients on the Fort Worth side of town to get the resources and help they need from their team of personal injury experts. 

Thompson Law is continually striving to improve and provide better and better service to our clients, delivering the absolute best client service experience possible injury accident victims. If you have experienced a personal injury or automobile accident anywhere in Texas, we are here for you. Even minor accidents can have serious physical consequences, and our sophisticated team of litigators and legal professionals will take time to understand and negotiate your claim for the highest possible settlement. Additionally, our approach to every case is a compassionate one.

Caring for clients like family is central to who we are, and it’s why we do what we do. Contact us online or give us a call at any of the 4’s numbers in DFW – 214-444-4444, 817-444-4444, 972-444-4444, or 469-444-4444 – to connect with our injury experts for a free consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The 4’s are always on your side, so if you’re injured anywhere in DFW, call THE FOURS for help. 

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Thompson Law's top motorcycle safety tips.

Whether you drive a Harley or a Honda motorcycle, you are part of a group that faces some of the most significant dangers on the road.  

Motorcycle Safety Tips 

Motorcycle accidents can happen for reasons out of any control in some cases, however, there are some actions that you can take to reduce your risk of collision. Taking precautions is especially important for motorcyclists who are so much more exposed and vulnerable to injury on these types of vehicles than other motorists.  

Seasonal Risks for Motorcyclists 

Texas is one of the lucky states for motorcycle enthusiasts, as there are very few days that truly exclude the form of transport. Warm, dry days are best for riding, but  

Spring Risks: rain, high winds, and the start of construction season all contribute to spring dangers for bikers. Roads may be damaged from winter weather, and particularly treacherous with new potholes and debris – two inconveniences for cars that are dangerous obstacles for those on two wheels. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, and campaigns are targeted at this time to grab drivers attention before the deadliest season – summer. 

Summer Risks: June July and August are the most dangerous time of year for motorcyclists. Depending on the report, June may be most deadly by single-day tally, though July has the highest total number of fatalities in recent years. It is unsurprising that these months are the most trafficked by bikers, traveling for summer vacation with other holiday travelers, warm temperatures that discourage full-coverage attire, and continued construction on the hot asphalt. 

Fall Risks: Early fall in Texas is still an extension of summer temperatures and conditions. Back to school and commuter traffic tick up during these months, contributing to chaotic driving conditions. Late fall cooling temps lead to tire pressure and mechanical issues as bikes adjust, as well as the potential for the first freezes at the very end of the season, accompanied by rain and sleet. 

Winter Risks: Cold winter weather can result in icyslick streets, snow, low visibility due to weather and shorter daysStill, Texas offers a relatively yearround riding season, leading many bikers here to persevere through our coldest months and even driving through notoriously dangerous holiday seasons. 

The Importance of Maintenance for Motorcycles 

Proper maintenance of a motorcycle is just as, if not more, important than proper maintenance of a car. With only two tires on the ground and more of the machine’s structure exposed to the elements, it’s important to regularly look for anything that seems off and to keep all components in good working order. Make sure brakes are sound, tires have good tread, all lights are functioning. Have unusual noises or handling checked out for optimal function and build a relationship with a shop that you trust so you have a great resource ready when your bike needs a tune-up. 

Don’t Overestimate the Benefit of Drivers School 

As stated in this article from motor enthusiast publication The Drive:  

There is no statistical evidence that the basic safety course makes you a safer rider. The only way to be a safer rider is by using this equation: Extensive Personal Practice + Advanced Riding Courses = a Safer Rider.” 

Top motorcycle instructors agree the only way to truly become a safer driver is through practice. Simply taking a course or doing the minimum practicing to get through a certification does not translate into the real-life handling skills and muscle memory that it takes to improve your ridership.  

The Benefits of Real Motorcycle Gear 

It is common to hear complaints about the expense of specialty gear for motorcycle riding. However, if you are going to make the commitment to owning a bike, you should absolutely make a commitment to your bodily safety while riding it. All motorist and vehicle safety resources recommend at least the following items of apparel for every ride, any time of year: 

    • Helmets for all riders (always invest in a new helmet, never Used) 
    • Well designed and fitted face shield, goggles, or glasses 
    • Bright or reflective clothing 
    • Durable clothing, with full-length sleeves and pants, plus gloves 
    • Durable boots that cover the ankles 

If You Aren’t Ready, Don’t Ride 

Experienced motorcycle instructors often advise a concept like “double defensive driving – a name for the concept that motorcyclists need to be twice as vigilant toward their surroundings as any other driver on the road. If you are not a person with the diligence to drive in this way, if you feel unprepared or lacking practice, or even if you are an experienced driver having an off day, choose not to get on the bike. It’s a choice that may save lives. 

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Motorcycle Crash Statistics 

Since 1997, the number of registered motorcycles in the United States has just about tripled. Just a few years ago, in 2013, 443,000 motorcycles were registered in Texas. This ranked Texas as the state with the third-highest number of registered bikes in the countryWith biking season existing nearly yearround for Texas motorcyclists, bike enthusiasts and admirers alike may not be surprised at this popularityThe state has also consistently ranked highly in the overall percentage of women motorcyclists. This may bode well for Texas, as women riders have lower crash statistics than men – men make up 91% of motorcycle fatalities. 

Wearing a helmet is a legal requirement in Texas, just as it is in nearly every state in the U.S. New Hampshire is the only state that does not have this requirement (interestingly, it is the state with the most lax seat belt laws as well). Still, even with safety gear requirements, motorcycling is very dangerous. In the last 20 years, the fatality rate for motorcyclists has more than doubled! Motorcycles are 38 times more dangerous than driving a car. And in Texas, more fatal motorcycle crashes occur overall in urban areas than rural, and also occur at a higher per capita rate in these areas.  

Because there is so much passion for riding within the motorcycle community, many statistics are used to support ideas that there are safer ways to ride or to misrepresent the amount of control that bikers have in avoiding wrecks. For example, 70% of crashes that involve a motorcycle and another vehicle occur at intersections, where the driver in the other vehicle causes the accident. However, no matter the spin, the fact is these vehicles are dangerous. Motorcyclists make up 3% of registered vehicles and 0.6% of all annual vehicle miles traveled in this country, but motorcyclists represent 14% of all traffic fatalities. If you are going to ride, do all you can to stay informed, stay alert, and stay safe. 

After Motorcycle Accidents 

After a motorcycle accident, just like after an accident, it is important to get checked out by a medical professional. Sadly, many motorcycle accidents result in such severe injuries for the driver that they have no choice in this decision – the ambulance called to the scene will make those determinations. In fact, these accidents are so dangerous that of the 436 motorcycle crashes in Texas in 2018, 398 motorcycle drivers were killed. 

If those involved in the crash are lucky enough to make it through, it is extremely important to follow your prescribed treatment plan for healing any injuries. Many motorcyclists have a real passion for riding, but if you push your physical limitations too far and get right back on the bike after a serious injury, you run the risk of further injury and permanent damage. In addition, aggressively getting back to strenuous activities in this way can damage your chances for a good settlement through your insurance company. Your claim of injury and loss will be undermined by your actions. 

Aside from prioritizing healing after the motorcycle accident, it is important to make sure that your personal interests are represented. When accidents do occur between a motorcycle and another vehicle, most of the time the at-fault party is the non-motorcyclist. A recent study found this disparity in the cause of accidents, and also found that a common reason for these collisions was distracted drivers failing to notice and give way to smaller vehicles. With an experienced motorcycle accident attorney working for you, you increase your chances of a higher settlement to cover all the expenses you are facing after your accident.  

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Your Dallas and Fort Worth Motorcycle Accident Attorneys 

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, the time to call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney is now. Fighting insurance companies for good settlements after accidents on these dangerous vehicles can be a particularly difficult task. With the help of the expert legal team at Thompson Law behind you, you stand a much better chance of getting the justice you deserve and the highest possible compensation for your injuries, damages, pain, and suffering.  

Thompson Law makes it as easy as possible to start your case, just call us in Dallas at 214-444-4444 or Fort Worth at 817-444-4444. After a traumatic motorcycle accident, the last thing you need to worry about is traveling around town to legal appointments and hassling with insurance company nonsense. Leave all of that to an expert team. In as little as 15 minutes on the phone, you can sign up for legal services with Thompson Law fighting for your just compensation and supporting you every step of the way.

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If you have been injured in an accident you may be wondering if it makes sense to hire a lawyer. What is the better course: fighting your own battle with the insurance company, and receiving the full settlement amount or hiring an attorney on a contingency fee and paying a portion of the total settlement in legal fees for your attorney’s services? The answer lies in the likelihood of receiving a settlement and the anticipated amount of that settlement.  

The benefits of attorney representation following a personal injury accident are very real. Legal resource Martindale-Nolo reports that the percentage of people who receive a personal injury payout without attorney representation is 51%. The percentage of people who receive a personal injury payout when they are represented by an attorney is 91%. This study may make the simple question of “do I need a car accident lawyer?” an easy answer yes! 

After a serious accident, you may be hurting, dealing with car repairs or other property damage, trying to get through work and family responsibilities in the face of these additional challenges, and more. Don’t add a losing situation to that equation. Remove some of the burden of these responsibilities and take advantage of the resources a dedicated personal injury attorney can provide. Read on for more information about the benefits of personal injury legal representation, as well as factors to consider when making the right choice for you and your family. 

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Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?  

Every case is unique, but if any of the items on this list apply to your accident, you are likely a good candidate for personal injury representation: 

  • There was a death in the accident. 
  • You were hit by a commercial vehicle: 18 wheeler, Uber, Lyft, Taxi, Construction or Government Vehicle. 
  • A participant sustained serious injuries: hospital stay, broken bones, head injuries, nervous system injuries, future expected medical bills 
  • Significant medical costs resulted from the accident. 
  • Missing a significant amount of time with work, school or other critical actives. 
  • Reduced earning capacity: perhaps related to missing work or being unable to work in the future. 
  • The other drivers reckless, negligent or dangerous behavior caused the crash. 
  • A dispute exists over the fault of the accident. 
  • Accident took place in a state of confusion: heavy traffic, obstructions, construction area 
  • Paperwork/reporting surrounding the events of the accident is wrong or seems off. 
  • Significant complications in the aftermath of the accidenttechnical, legal, medical. 
  • Insurance company rejects or lowballs your offer. 
  • Serious detrimental impact on your emotional well-being: trauma, pain and suffering, and more. 

Hiring a Lawyer Can Win You a Better Settlement 

The main reason that people choose to hire lawyers after a personal injury accident is because they want a better settlement. This reasoning is well deserved. Unfortunately, many insurance companies see unrepresented individuals as easy targets for low ball payoutsSome insurance companies have made difficult tactics such a part of their business strategy that they have become infamous for it. Personal Injury Attorneys have the expertise and experience to stand up to the insurance companies, even those corporations which are most well-established and well-practiced at protecting their interests. Studies have shown that hiring an attorney results in compensation over 4 times as much as going it alone in your demandThis means that even after factoring in your contingency legal fee, you are likely to walk away from your ordeal with a considerably larger check.  

In short, working with a lawyer brings the Intimidation factor. If push comes to shove, and you are fighting for your rightful compensation with your insurance company in vain, your threat to file a lawsuit as an individual is unlikely to be taken very seriously. On the other hand, if the insurance company knows that you have engaged legal expertise, or even better if your legal team presents the communication of intent to file suit, the uncooperative insurers will be forced to take notice. 

Hiring a Lawyer Can Get You an Improved Experience 

Even beyond expecting higher compensation, working with a professional accident lawyer can help improve the experience of obtaining your settlement. Insurance companies are experienced in protecting their interests and paying out as little as possible. The industry is well known for its tactics of obfuscation and opacity, and the processes they use are designed to slow down claims and discourage claimants. With attorney representation behind you, the insurance companies take your claim and your needs so much more seriously. Your dedicated legal team expertly generates the demand to the insurance companyfiercely negotiates on your behalf for your best outcome, and streamlines this whole process for your benefitWorking with a great firm like Thompson Law, you can expect helpful communication, sound advice to help you make necessary decisions for your claim and a clear understanding of your settlement and paid expenses at the finish line.   

Hiring a Lawyer Can Smooth Your Path to Recovery 

Many people struggle with all the responsibilities that they face in the aftermath of sustaining a serious injury. It can be very difficult to add on new responsibilities and obligations, such as treatment and filing claims, while you are in pain, let alone maintaining your usual pace. Working with an experienced accident attorney can really help streamline your recovery process. For example, Thompson Law has a large network of trusted care providers that we can refer you to for your injuries and treatment. We can even help with scheduling and coordinating healthcare providers and appointments and provide reminders for your treatment plan. This assistance is all designed to remove obstacles between you and your best possible recovery. 

Additionally, hiring a personal injury attorney takes away the administrative hassle of demanding your insurance settlements, battling the insurance companies and doing copious amounts of administrative work. With these items off your to-do list, you can focus on what is important: your health, your healing, and your loved ones. When Thompson Law takes care of these tasks for you it does not mean you are left uninformed. Some lawyers may have a bad reputation for leaving clients out of the process – taking a case and going through the motions to win a settlement, and their feebut leaving their clients in the dark and worried. At Thompson Law, this couldn’t be further from our reality. Our ultimate wish for every client is full recovery and maximum settlement. We take very seriously the work that we do in cooperation with you and your healthcare providers to support these optimal outcomes. 

 

Hiring a Lawyer Can Optimize Your Time After an Accident 

At Thompson Law, our use of technology is a huge asset to our process. We understand that life can be crazy busy, particularly when you have just dealt with a major life event like an accident! This is why we offer extensive remote resources for navigating the entirety of your claim and case. If it is your preference, you may actually go the entire duration of your claim without ever needing to take time for an in-person office visit. We always appreciate meeting our clients face-to-face but really enjoy offering the convenience of numerous ways to communicate for your best results. Communicating, receiving status notifications, uploading documents and images are all tasks that can be as simple as a text message. Additionally, our variety of communication options can be set to your preference, so you can receive the information you need on the best platform for you. After a serious accident, you don’t have time to waste, and Thompson Law seeks to optimize your time during this period. Nothing brings peace of mind like knowing that you can get all the information you need, right when you need it.  

Call today to learn more about how Thompson Law can help you. 

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When Do I Not Need A Car Accident Lawyer?

Not every single car accident calls for attorney services. Accidents, where there have not been any injuries, accidents with very minimal damage overall, or instances where the insurance company actually comes through and offers a fair settlement, are all cases that may be well handled without the addition of legal assistance.  

Still, each situation is unique, so if you are uncertain of the best path forward following your accident, take advantage of our free consultation service and reach out. In 15 minutes or less, connect with our legal experts who are standing by to take your call, and get the advice you need.  

Call Thompson Law 

When you hire Thompson Law, you hire a highly specialized set of skills. Ryan Thompson and his team of attorneys and legal experts bring over 350 years of combined experience in the personal injury field to the table. At Thompson Law, each and every case is valuable and important. We understand that the call you make to us may be about one of the most important events in your life. Our empathy is part of who we are, and it’s what inspires us to fight for the justice our clients deserve. If you are still wondering whether you need a lawyer, and if we are the right lawyer for you, just give us a call. We are standing by 24/7/365 ready to talk with you in Dallas at 214-444-4444, Fort Worth at 817-444-4444, or wherever you are at 1-800-LION-LAW (1-800-546-6529). Call 4 for help if you’ve been hurt in any type of motor vehicle accident, or any other type of accident. Allow our accident attorneys in San Antonio, Dallas, and Fort Worth the opportunity during your free consultation to answer your questions and show you the Lion Law difference.  

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Holiday season driving tips for 2019

Thompson Law’s Holiday Season Driving Tips

The holiday season has certainly rushed in this year, and as the days get shorter and the end of December approaches, it seems everything continually gets more hectic. Many holiday weekends throughout the year consistently rank as the deadliest driving periods, but the winter holidays between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are particularly dangerous for holiday travelers. This sobering information can prove valuable in preparing for the busy season and serve as a reminder to us all to drive safe, plan ahead, and protect one another.  

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Top 6 Holiday Season Driving Tips

There are some strategies that you can use to help stay safe during the season. Taking a little time to prepare your family, your vehicle, and your mindset for the holiday travel rush can help you and your loved ones stay safe on the road through the season. 

  • Don’t Drive Under the Influence – choose to stay sober if you are driving, assign a designated driver, or use a ride service such as taxis, Uber or Lyft. 
  • Vehicle Maintenance – make sure your vehicle is prepared, tires have adequate treads, brakes in good working order, all lights operational, wiper blades replaced, etc.   
  • Defensive Driving – make cautious choices, watch the behavior of other drivers, slow down in traffic or inclement weather, avoid distractions like using your cellphone. 
  • Make Frequent Stops for Rests on Long Trips – drowsy driving is a major contributor to holiday accidents. 
  • Buckle Up – no matter who is driving, what seat you are in, or if riding in a private car or rideshare, always wear your seatbelt. 
  • Listen to your Loved Ones – if you are traveling visiting friends and family, ask for tips about driving in the traffic and weather conditions that they know better. 

For more safe planning tips, check out our past blog here. 

Holiday Driving Dangers 

Greatest Holiday Roadway Perils 

The holidays and the celebratory events they entail unfortunately create a perfect storm for accidents and tragedies on the roads. In 2017 there averaged 102 traffic fatalities per day, but on the six major national holiday dates of that year, the average increased to 119 fatalities per day. There are numerous contributing factors for accident spikes around holiday seasons, but a few of the most significant include: 

Increased Traffic and Road Congestion 

Distracted Driving 

Drunk Driving 

Bad Weather Conditions 

In particular, drunk driving crashes contribute to over a quarter of holiday driving fatalities. A particularly deadly streak occurred in the years 2012-2016, where 3,995 people lost their lives in these accidents.  

Most Dangerous Holidays 

Over the past several years the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) showed particular regional and geographical concentrations of fatal accidents during the main holiday periods. Texas, while certainly experiencing an uptick in Thanksgiving time accidents, most significantly suffered high numbers of deadly crashes during the New Year’s period. The National Safety Council estimated 417 deaths in the United States during the Thanksgiving Holiday this year, and over 47,500 serious injuries, so it’s clear that we have reason for concern over the coming month into the new year.  

Additional support for this concern comes in the form of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistical analysis from October 2019 predicting the number of holiday traffic fatalities for the year. The statistics are forecasted based on the rates of accidents during the same period in prior years.  

Fourth of July Weekend – 594 predicted fatalities 

(4/3/19 6:00pm – 4/8/19 5:59am) 

Labor Day – 448 predicted fatalities 

(8/30/19 6:00pm – 9/3/19 5:59am) 

Thanksgiving – 454 predicated fatalities 

(11/27/19 6:00pm – 12/2/19 5:59am) 

Christmas to New Years – 799 predicted fatalities 

(12/24/19 6:00pm – 1/2/20 5:59am) 

These statistics become even more sobering when considering that Texas typically represents about 10% of the national automobile accident statistics each year. The implications of dangerous holiday travel will certainly be felt here at home if these numbers prove accurate.  

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DFW Holiday Accidents So Far This Year 

Sadly these statistics are already being proven, as reported by WFAA Channel 8, ForWorth sa230 crashes with injuries between the start of 11/28/19 through 7:30 am on 12/1/19.  

  • This total accident tally is a 225% increase over 2018’s numbers 
  • This year there were 17 rollover crashes, an increase of 170% over 2018 
  • There were 7 crashes involving pedestrians last year and this year 
  • There has already been one-car accident fatality in Ft Worth over the holiday weekend  

Dangerous DFW Roadways During the Holidays 

Roadways that experienced the most backlog at the Thanksgiving Holiday may also be expected to accrue the highest rates of traffic over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. As reported in real-time over the holiday weekend by patch.com, the following roadways experienced the most traffic bog down 

Central Expressway 

I-35 

635 LBJ Freeway – Particularly at Preston Road 

Dallas North Tollway – Particularly at Park Boulevard 

What to Do if You are in an Accident 

If you do suffer an accident during the holidays, it can be especially challenging and stressful to manage the ordealThe holidays seem to be the time people find that their schedules most full and it can be a difficult setting and keeping important doctor visits and making time for treatment. Additionally, the financial strain of the holidays can be significant. Buying gifts for loved ones, hosting and attending celebrations, and travel expenses all deplete discretionary spending money that you may need for medical care or car repairs after an accident.  

Your team at Thompson Law understands these challenges. This is why we work on a contingency fee basis. We don’t receive a dime of compensation unless and until you do. We do not want to add financial stress for our clients at the time you need us. We’re here for you, and we’re on the same team from the beginning.  

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Immediately After an Accident at the Holidays 

Call the authorities and wait for police, EMS and/or fire response to get to the scene and make a proper report. If an ambulance arrives, be sure to get checked out for injury and cleared before leaving the scene. Exchange contact information with other drivers involved in the accident, including driver’s license details, insurance card information, and vehicle information. Take photos of the scene, including damage, location and identifying images of the vehicles and any property damage. Take note and alert the authorities if one of the vehicle drivers seems to be impaired or under the influence, as rates of drunk driving increase during holiday times. Every detail of information you collect about your accident helps your Thompson Law team win the best claim outcome possible for you. 

Get Checked for Injuries 

It is always important to get checked out for injuries following an accident and get a treatment plan in place. Having an accident take place over the holidays can be a complication for many people in the process of receiving care. You may be visiting away from home at the time of the accident, or simply just navigating this busy time of the year and feel like a full schedule is prohibiting a doctor’s visit. Please take care of yourself in these times and make sure to seek the care of a medical professional. You will thank yourself later when your health is improving and you are looking forward to a full recovery. Whether this means an urgent care visit from afar or a chiropractor visit scheduled for as soon as you return home, be sure to care for yourself after the accident.  

Out of Town Accidents 

If you have been traveling out of state for the holidays and had an accident in any of the following states, Thompson Law is an ideal resource for you. We can assist you with a network of medical providers and resources here at home and have licensure to practice law and take your case as far as necessary, including going to trial in the following states. If you have experienced an accident elsewhere, still feel free to reach out for assistance about where to go next. Your call and consultation are free, and we are here to help.  

Licensed in: 

Texas 

Oklahoma 

Illinois 

Kentucky 

Arizona 

California 

Pennsylvania 

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Thompson Law is Here for You at the Holidays After an Accident 

Even with the best-laid plans, careful planning, and defensive driving, accidents still happen through the negligence and error of others. If you have been hurt in such a car accident, you do not need to suffer the process of recovery and fighting insurance companies or at-fault parties alone. Especially at the holidays, suffering an injury or losing a loved one can be especially difficult. Let Thompson Law help you and take care of you in such a difficult time. Our compassionate team is here to help you. The legal experts at Thompson Law have the breadth of experience and passion to fight for what you deserve.  

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Thompson Law's 2019 holiday driving safety tips

Thompson Law’s Holiday Driving Safety Tips

Traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday to visit family and friends is a great tradition and a lot of fun, but every year during the busy season, worsening weather and increasing road traffic result in accidents and injuries that can put a damper on the holiday spirit. While you’re making plans for celebrations this year, be sure to take a little time to prepare for safe and smooth travels to and from those celebrations as well! The team at Thompson Law wants you and your family to stay safe on the roads this holiday season by following the tips outlined below. 

Top 6 Holiday Driving Safety Tips

Plan Ahead – Chaos and last-minute decisions can contribute to frantic actions, aggressive driving, and speeding while attempting to reach your destination on time. Even though it’s a hectic time of year, you’ll thank yourself for setting aside some time in advance to avoid a crunch. List and plan all that you need to accomplish and time out your schedule to make sure you can make it all happen. Don’t forget that the schedule should include extra time for heavy traffic, driving breaks, and adequate sleep! 

Be Prepared for Bad Weather – Many people travel long distances to visit friends and family at this time of year. If you know you are headed to an unfamiliar climate, especially one that is colder and snowier than yours, prepare yourself to drive in those conditions. Icy roads and precipitation require lower speeds and more cautious handling. Similarly, make sure your vehicle is prepared for those conditions, which leads us to the next tip…

Get Your Vehicle Checked Out – Whether you are traveling long distances or visiting loved ones nearby, it’s a good idea to take your vehicle for a check-up as we enter the winter months. Changes in temperature and humidity can impact the way your car is functioning. And, as days are getting shorter and more nighttime driving is necessary, you will want the peace of mind that your car is running great. Have a trusted mechanic check out the car and remember to have any burned out lights or worn out wiper blades replaced, test the battery, get regular oil changes and take care of your car’s other routine maintenance needs. No one ever wants to break down, but especially not while away from home on a happy thanksgiving! 

Pack Your Vehicle Safely – In addition to ensuring your vehicle is operating at it’s best, be sure to use it safely yourself. When packing suitcases, families, pets, coolers, and more in the car as you get ready to head to Grandmas, make sure to balance the load you are bringing and allow the driver lines of sight out of the windows and mirrors. If you have cargo in a pickup bed, trailer, or anything on top of the car, make sure it is well-secured, so you don’t send your possessions flying at the other cars sharing your roadway. 

Make Sure to Travel with Emergency Supplies – When you’re packing your belongings, presents and holiday treats, remember to pack an emergency kit as well. Carrying supplies like jumper cables, a tool kit, spare tire equipment, and a working flashlight can be crucial to making it safely to your destination. The National Safety Council has a list of recommended items to travel with here, but if you really want to go allout in the name of safety there are great resources to help 

Practice Extra-Defensive Driving – Finally, the best thing you can do to ensure your loved ones’ safety on the roads this year is practice not only defensive but extra-defensive driving. Holiday chaos can bring out the worst in some drivers, but you can help offset aggressive and dangerous driving behavior by practicing caution and patience when you set out for your destination. Stay vigilant, avoid distractions like texting or eating while you drive, leave a cushion between your car and the vehicles around you, follow speed limits and adapt for bad weather, and most importantly, make sure everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt.

Many factors contribute to the accident spikes we see during the Thanksgiving holiday, but heavy traffic and inebriated drivers are two of the main contributors to serious injuries and fatalities. Be a cautious driver during this time, and if you are involved in an accident, call Thompson Law. We are here to help you with legal advice, managing your claim, and fighting for your maximum deserved settlement. Even during the holidays, we have team members available to help at any time of the day or night. We strive to provide you peace of mind, no matter when you need us. From our family to yours, we wish you a very safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving from Thompson Law at (844) 308-8180

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The Risks of Not Buckling Up and Famous Cases of Those Who Paid the Price 

Sadly, over 33,000 people die in car accidents each year, and a major contributing factor to fatalities in these wrecks is failure to wear a seatbelt. The risk of being killed in an auto accident is estimated to be 45-60% higher when you are not wearing a seatbelt than when you are properly buckled up. These numbers are supported by a study released recently.

In particular, backseat passenger deaths are on the rise, as more and more people are taking advantage of ridesharing and chauffeuring services than ever before. Conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the study documents 803 rear-seat passenger deaths where the victims were not wearing seatbelts and asserted that over half of them would have survived had they been buckled. Over 400 lives could have been saved, and countless more would not have suffered the devastation of needlessly losing their loved ones. 

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