Dallas Car Accident Lawyers

Have You Been Seriously Injured in a Dallas Car Accident?

Are you worried about the medical bills, missed time at work and other financial losses that you have incurred because of the injury caused to you due to someone else’s careless driving?

Our rich legal expertise and profound knowledge are the best assets to have on your side to get fairly compensated for injuries caused in car accidents.

Well, then by the law of the state, you have the right to get compensated. However, it is not as easy to get the compensation that you lawfully deserve from the 3rd party or their insurance company. Most of the times, insurers try to reduce the amount of compensation by arguing that the victim was at fault.

You must have an active and aggressive legal representation to make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, and ensure you get fair value for your claim.  At Thompson Law, we do this better than anyone in the personal injury space.

You can count on our Dallas car accident lawyers to aggressively fight your case and get you full and fair compensation for the losses and pain that you have suffered because of the accident. At Thompson Law, we handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t have to pay us until we recover money for you.

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Dallas Car Accident Statistics & Common Causes

According to the 2020 Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics report by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), there were a total of 364,357 total crashes in Texas. Of those, 1,905 collisions involved fatalities for 2,041 individuals, and 7,777 crashes led to serious injuries for 9,107 people. Further, roughly 19% of crashes involved likely or possible injuries, as 68,472 crashes led to possible injuries for 106,236 individuals.

By comparison there were a total of 31,976 total crashes in Dallas, Texas. Of those, 205 collisions led to the deaths of 225 individuals, and 816 crashes led to serious injuries for 959 people. Further, roughly 18% of crashes involved likely or possible injuries, as 5,780 crashes led to possible injuries for 9,421 individuals.

The most common causes of car accidents that have been reported by the Dallas Police Department in 2021 were:

  • Failed to control speed (7,503 collisions)
  • Failed to drive in single lane (4,184 collisions)
  • Changed lane when unsafe (4,090 collisions)
  • Failed to yield right of way turning left (2,476 collisions)
  • Followed too closely (2,444 collisions)
  • Disregard of stop and go signal (2,250 collisions)
  • Faulty evasive action (2,016 collisions)
  • Unsafe speed (1,802 collisions)

Understanding Your Rights

Since car accidents are quite common in Dallas, it is important that you know your rights. You should also know what steps to take after a car crash.

Texas law puts no limits or caps on your pain and suffering. This means that you can get a substantial compensation if you seek legal assistance and file for a claim. Compensation is your right, and our Dallas car accident lawyers will do whatever we can to help you get the amount that you deserve.

At Thompson Law, we understand your pain and know that no amount of cash can compensate for your health or the loss of a loved one in the car accident. However, by filing a claim against the party responsible for the accident, it can:

  • Help you receive costly health care and treatments needed to recover
  • Compensate for lost earnings
  • Provide a sense of closure
  • Restore your sense of justice
  • Compensate the family of the deceased person that relied on them for financial support

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

Steps to Take After a Car Accident

It does not matter whether you live in Dallas, were visiting Dallas for a concert or sporting event, or were just traveling through Dallas when your accident occurred – the Dallas car accident lawyers at Thompson Law can help.

If you were severely injured in your accident, you should immediately seek medical assistance for your injuries. Once your condition is stable, you should contact the experienced Dallas car accident lawyers at Thompson Law to file a claim against the negligent driver.

However, if you are physically capable of moving and standing after the car crash, then you should be sure to take the following steps:

  1. Stop and Move to Safety:  Regardless of the severity of the collision, you must stop to prevent being cited for a hit-and-run accident per Texas Transportation Code § 550.022. Also, if you are able move to a safe location off the roadway to avoid being the victim of a secondary collision. You may also want to put on your hazard lights to signal other drivers that an accident has occurred.
  2. Dial 911:  Calling 911 in an emergency, such as a car accident, will alert the Dallas Police Department and EMS to work on ensuring your safety, creating a crash report, and contacting an ambulance, if needed.
  3. Provide an Honest Statement:  Your statement to the police should describe how you believe the accident happened, but do not apologize for the accident as it can be construed as an admission of fault, even when you are saying it in politeness. Never comment on how you feel physically or allow an insurance adjuster to record your statement, and do not comment on social media about your accident as insurance companies can use it against you later. Our Dallas car accident lawyers will obtain your Dallas crash report and work to establish liability with the insurance companies based off the report and other evidence.
  4. Collection Info and Take Pictures: Take pictures of everything, as this early post-accident information will serve as the basis for your injury claim. You should take photos of every vehicle involved in the collision to show property damage and establish a basis for the mechanism of injury due to the force of the collision. When collecting data from the other drivers – drivers licenses, insurance cards, license plates, vehicle identification numbers (VIN) – be sure to take photos in addition to writing the information down, so you can ensure accuracy of the data.
  5. Scan for Evidence:  Look to see if anyone witnessed or captured the accident, for example with a dash camera or cameras at nearby businesses.
  6. Seek Medical Treatment:  Getting medical treatment after an accident is important both for ensuring your physical health, and to establish a causal relationship between your injuries and the accident.
  7. Document Everything:  Personal injury claims can take time to resolve, so it is crucial to document your injuries in photos even before they heal (e.g., bruising, lacerations, abrasions, scarring). You may have missed work, so it is important to document lost wages. Often property other than the vehicle itself is damaged in accidents (e.g., laptop computers, mobile phones), so document that damage and retain any repair receipts.
  8. Call Our Dallas Car Accident Lawyers: Insurance claims involving a personal injury attorney have been shown to result in up to a 3x increase in compensation to victims of car accidents, versus claims handled independently by an individual. Thompson Law has a strong track record of providing excellent results for our clients, and we stand ready to assist with your claim.

Remember, it is the job of insurance adjusters to reduce insurance claims payouts. They have no interest in you getting you full and fair compensation. Thus, never sign any release, authorization, or anything for the insurance company of the party at fault.

DOs and DON'Ts After a Car Accident

The actions you take after being in a car accident have an impact on the amount of compensation you are likely to receive. Therefore, to protect your rights to compensation for the damages and injuries, here’s what you should and should not do after an accident.

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Traumatic Repercussions of a Collision

Physical injuries are not the only after-effect of a car collision. Mental and emotional impacts are frequent results of these events as well. Personal injury is the sixth most stressful event that an individual can experience in their lifetime, according to the Life Change Index. Personal injury as a result of a car accident can cause a person to experience even more of the experiences on the list such as, major changes to financial circumstance, changes to physical habits, or even death of a loved one. Numerous and combined stressors like these can rise to untenable levels for those suffering.

After the trauma of a car accident, you deserve justice and closure, as well as a settlement payment for your pain, suffering, and losses. With Thompson Law fighting for you, you will not face the at-fault parties, insurance companies, and other culpable agents alone. Our Texas car accident lawyers deeply understand the far-reaching financial implications and significant challenges that come with a personal injury event. This compassion is what sets our practice apart and makes all the difference for you as our client.

Funds received at your settlement can help cover the immediate and long-term costs associated with:

 

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If you are asking yourself “When is the best time to contact a personal injury lawyer after a car accident,” the answer is NOW! Thompson Law offers FREE CASE REVIEWS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Further, we charge NO FEE unless we win.

You will not incur any attorney fees, court costs, legal expenses, or any other costs unless we recover money on your behalf. If our Dallas car accident lawyers do obtain a settlement for you, our fee will only come out of a portion of the settlement.

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If you need a Dallas car accident lawyer, give us a call today and let us do the fighting for you. If you do not need an accident lawyer today, save our contact card in your phone instead of searching “car accident lawyer near me” after you are in an accident, so we will be there for you when you do need us.

The statute of limitations in Texas is 2 years in most injury accidents. If you have been injured in an accident, call us today or submit a form for a NO COST, NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION with a Dallas car accident lawyer at Thompson Law. Take action to protect your right to a full value monetary recovery. The sooner you know your options, the faster you’ll be on the path to recovery.

Life Cycle of a Car Accident Claim

The Personal Injury Claims Process

If you have never been involved in a car accident before, you may be wondering “What is process for making a personal injury claim?” There are many factors that impact the process itself and questions like “What is my auto accident claim worth?”

The graphic below will provide you with a general understanding of the life cycle of a car accident claim. Once you take the first step on your road to recovery and call our firm, your Dallas car accident lawyer at Thompson Law can answer any other specific questions.

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More Auto Accident FAQs

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If you are injured in any type of accident, your first priority should be to seek immediate medical attention, even if you are not certain that you are injured. Seeking immediate medical treatment does two things: 1) it ensures injuries you sustained are diagnosed and treated; and, 2) it helps eliminate any doubt by the insurance company that your injuries were caused by the accident.

Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injuries, so making the mistake of skipping a medical examination can have profound consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of your attorney.

A skilled personal injury lawyer is necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you sustained in an accident. Most defendants, whether individual drivers or commercial vehicle operators, are covered by liability insurance. Those insurance companies are not obligated to protect or take care of you. Insurance companies exist to protect the defendant (their customer) who caused the wreck. 

A personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for every category of damages to which you are legally entitled. These damages can include things like: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain & suffering, punitive damages, loss of limb, diminished mental function, physical impairment, scarring or disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims). Further, you may be entitled to future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, and other damages in severe injury cases.

The largest factor affecting your claim’s value is the severity or magnitude of your injuries. More severe injuries typically require more medical treatment. So it is essential to have all your injuries documented properly by seeking immediate treatment with doctors or hospitals, and continuing under the care and direction of your doctors as long as necessary to heal. Without prompt and consistent medical treatment and documentation, an injury claim becomes very difficult to pursue, let alone win. 

Of course, other factors an also have an impact, and each and every case is different. Were you injured in a commercial vehicle wreck or truck wreck that totaled your car, or was it a fender bender that did very little damage? Was the other driver intoxicated or drunk, or speeding? A multitude of factors may play into your claim’s overall likely value. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to visit with you and talk to you more specifically about factors which may affect your particular claim.  

In Texas, you usually have two (2) years from the date of incident to file a personal injury claim before it is barred by the statute of limitations. There are exceptions to this 2-year time limit in Texas, for minors and others. Further, other states have different time limits, and the limit that applies is typically for the state in which the accident occurred.

The safest course of action for someone injured in a car wreck, truck wreck, slip and fall, or any other type of accident is to consult with a personal injury attorney. This will help ensure that you do not miss the applicable limitations period. Moreover, it will ensure the right investigations are conducted, and the proper steps are taken to preserve the evidence, photos, witness statements, and records needed to successfully pursue your claim. 

If you are injured in a hit-and-run wreck (and are unable to locate the driver) or are hurt in a collision where the other driver does not have insurance, you are not necessarily out of options in terms of financial recovery. You may still be able to recover for your personal injuries if your own policy has Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage or Personal Injury Protection (PIP). It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company to confirm what types of coverage you have on your policy before an accident, but if you have been hit be sure to ask these questions before finalizing your claim request. Even if you do not have UM or PIP, the attorneys and investigators at Thompson Law can work to track down the other driver in a hit-and-run accident. To do this, we rely on witnesses who may have captured a photo of the car or license plate and/or available surveillance camera footage that might have captured the wreck.  

Typical damages you can recover in a personal injury claim include: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and in some cases even punitive damages. In severe injury cases, other damages may be recoverable, such as: future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, loss of body member or mental function, physical impairment, disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims).

Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage can help save the day if you are hit by an uninsured driver or if you are the victim in a hit-and-run collision. In short, UM coverage is an add-on coverage that drivers can add to their auto insurance policies that will protect them in the event that they are in an auto accident with a driver who either does not have insurance or cannot be located. You can contact your insurance provider to confirm whether your policy includes UM. If you do not have this coverage, the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law recommend that you consider adding UM to your auto insurance policy today. 

Knowing how comparative negligence works is vital if you live in a state that uses it. In simple terms, comparative negligence implies both drivers can share fault for an accident, but one driver can be more at fault than the other. For example, you are texting while driving when another driver runs a stop sign and hits your car.

A jury finds that the driver who ran the stop sign is 80 percent at fault, but they believe you would have had a better chance of avoiding the accident if you were not texting at the time. They find you 20 percent at fault. You can only collect enough compensation to cover the other driver’s fault. In this case, you would get $8,000 if the jury thinks your case is worth $10,000.

Having the police respond to the accident scene is of paramount importance. Make sure that YOU call them and insist that they come and investigate the accident. When the police arrive, they will separate the drivers and witnesses from one another and take statements from everyone involved. Be cooperative, detailed, and firm in describing the accident. The investigating officer will usually determine fault based upon these statements, and it is essential that your version of the events is heard and believed. If you think that you may be injured, make that clear to the officer. If an ambulance or other medical professionals arrive on scene, get checked out. If not, make plans to visit an emergency room or doctor soon after you leave the scene. Before you do leave for this care, the officer will provide you with a report number and their contact information. Make sure this information is safely saved, as it will be very important in any auto accident injury claim you may have.  

Call an attorney. Your first instinct might be to call your insurance company, but it’s best to seek legal council first so you don’t accidentally admit guilt or take responsibility for the accident. In many cases your attorney will call the insurance company for you to prevent that from happening.

Absolutely not. It’s important to leave the investigation to the professionals. They know exactly how to work a case to determine all of the facts and details.

In insurance terms, “totaled” or a “total loss” means that the cost to repair your vehicle to its pre-accident condition is more than the vehicle is worth. Each insurance company has a different threshold for determining if a vehicle is totaled, but generally, if it’s close, you want the insurance company to “total” your car. Following the determination that your car is a total loss, the insurance company will provide you with their assessment of the value of your car. An experienced auto accident attorney should review this estimate to make sure that you are truly receiving fair market value for your loss.  You absolutely have the right to challenge their assessment, and a skilled attorney knows the best way to do so to maximize your recovery.  

Typically, yes. If a family member is seriously injured or killed in an accident, or if the injured party is a minor child, then it may be appropriate under the law for a parent, spouse, relative, or legal guardian to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the injured or deceased party.  These types of claims are complex, and usually depend on the type of relationship involved, as well as the individual facts and circumstances of the injury. Calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law is step one to explore filing a legal claim on behalf of your loved one. 

Even if you are partially to blame for a car accident, you may be able to recover some of your damages from the other party. Under Texas’s proportionate responsibility system (also known as comparative negligence), unless you as the claimant/plaintiff are determined more than 51% at fault, you may recover legal damages that are reduced by the percentage you are determined at fault. For example, if you are determined to be 30% at fault, you can recover 70% of your damages from the other responsible party (you can’t recover the other 30% because that was the amount of liability that was determined to lie with you). The personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law can help you navigate this proportionate responsibility system – so reach out online or call anytime for a free consultation.     

If you or a family member are injured in an automobile accident, you cannot afford NOT to hire the very best attorney available. Thompson Law works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you only pay legal fees IF we win for you and AFTER your case is settled. We understand that legal fees upfront are simply too much to deal with after a serious accident where you are dealing with property damage repairs, medical bills, missed work and lost wages. The fact that you owe $0 upfront is an added bonus when you hire great legal representation at Thompson Law.  

If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, there is a good chance we can help you out. We will look at the facts of your accident, whether a car wreck, truck wreck, motorcycle accident, or on-the-job-injury and examine whatever reports or records are available. If we believe that you were injured and it was someone else’s fault, it is likely to be a case we can take. The more information and documentation you can give us about your accident and your injuries, the quicker we can evaluate your case and let you know. Give us a call or reach out online anytime! 

The right personal injury attorney has three major characteristics: Excellent customer service, cutting edge technology, and a willingness to take cases and win at trial. Ask your potential attorney about the client experience they offer, what kind of technology they use to make your life easier, and when was the last time they took a case to jury trial. Asking these types of questions will give you guidance on what kind of experience you can expect as a client and what kind of results you can expect at the end of your case. Thompson Law, LLP has high ratings from clients for its emphasis on customer service, and its attorneys have achieved significant results on small, large, and complex cases alike. No matter if you have been involved in a minor car wreck or are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a rarer and more devastating event like a terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law Injury Lawyers can assist you.  

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

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

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

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

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

Under Texas law, “bicycles are entitled to all rights of the road that apply to a motor vehicle, including access.” Unfortunately, drivers often don’t respect the rights of cyclists, and bike accidents are increasingly common, causing severe injuries to the cyclist.   

First, stay at the scene.  As soon as it is safe, assess the situation and call 9-1-1 to report the incident.  

Second, when help arrives, receive emergency medical attention.  Get “checked out” even if you think you are okay—the trauma and shock of the collision can cause your body to block out pain and injury, and internal injuries often produce non-specific symptoms. Follow the medical advice of the emergency response team. 

Third, with assistance from the police, exchange and obtain information, such as insurance information as well as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses, passengers, and drivers.  DO NOT discuss the facts and circumstances of the bike accident with anyone other than the investigating officer.   

Fourth, document the scene.  Make notes on paper or using your cell phone about the time of day; weather conditions; road or traffic conditions; lighting; location of the vehicles and involved parties; and any relevant road signs, traffic control devices (lights, stop signs, yield signs) etc.  Also, make sure to get photographs of your bike, the driver’s car, and the scene.  

Last, a lawyer to discuss your rights.  The experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law will help you investigate all applicable insurance coverages and fight to get the compensation to which you are entitled.   

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

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

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Thompson Law offers free case reviews to every potential client so we can help you determine the best legal approach to pursue. We receive no attorney fees and you pay no legal expenses unless you get compensated for your accident.

Thompson Law’s personal injury lawyers and their legal teams treat every client with respect, empathy, and compassion. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, as every case is unique and different. Our firm won 15 of the top 50 settlements in Texas in 2021, as well as the 2nd and 3rd largest personal injury settlements in the State in 2020. We can help you, too.

State law limits the time to file a claim following a personal injury accident. If you have been injured, call now for the help you need.