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Dallas Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers2020-08-21T14:09:39-05:00

OVER $1.8 BILLION RECOVERED FOR OUR CLIENTS

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

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

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Your Dallas Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to make a complete determination of the number of commercial vehicle crashes in the US every year. There are nearly half a million large truck and bus crashes alone, and that does not come close to including all types of commercial vehicles. Taxis and rideshares (like Uber, Lyft, Alto), delivery cars and vans, vehicles owned and operated for business purposes, construction vehicles, and other industry-specific motor vehicles also contribute to devastating and deadly accidents each year, and they are not included with truck and bus crashes in comprehensive figures. What we do know is that in Texas, year over year commercial vehicle accident fatalities have been increasing, and people need help after a dangerous or deadly crash has occurred. Thompson Law Injury Lawyers specializes in just this type of assistance. Ryan “The Lion” Thompson and his dedicated team have devoted themselves to helping clients get the help they need in recovering from crash injuries, fighting the insurance companies for maximum compensation, and holding the at-fault parties responsible for their negligence.

What To Do After an Auto Accident:

What Counts as a Commercial Vehicle?

In filing an insurance claim after an accident, it is important to understand which vehicles may be categorized as commercial. While some types may be obvious like 18 wheelers or large box trucks, there are many vehicles on the road that you may not suspect are classed commercially. Classifications vary slightly by state and are not always as straightforward as you might think.  

In Texas, a wide variety of vehicles operate under the commercial vehicle designation. The following list includes a wide range of vehicles that qualify by regulation and requirement as commercial vehicles: 

  • Rideshare Vehicles: taxis, limousines, and cars used for Uber, Lyft, Alto, or similar services 
  • Delivery Vehicles: cars, trucks, vans, trailers, owned by and/or used for company purposes 
  • Busesschool buses, city buses, motor coaches 
  • Heavy Equipment Vehicles: specialty vehicles for job sites like oilfields, farming, mining, construction
  • Hazardous materials transports, regardless of size or weight  
  • Self-propelled or towed vehicles over 26,000 pounds 
  • Vehicles intended or used to transport 15 or more passengers at a time 
  • Trucks: From pickups, to box trucks, to extended semi-trucks, this is the group that people think of most when they think of commercial vehicles. The many types are generally classed by weight as shown below. Classes 1-2 are light weight, 3-6 are mid weight, and 7-8 are heavy weight including the largest and heaviest tractor trailers.
    • Class 1: 0 to 6,000 pounds
    • Class 2: 6,001 to 10,000 pounds 
    • Class 3: 10,001 to 14,000 pounds 
    • Class 4: 14,001 to 16,000 pounds 
    • Class 5: 16,001 to 19,500 pounds 
    • Class 6: 19,501 to 26,000 pounds
    • Class 7: 26,001 to 33,000 pounds 
    • Class 8: 33,000 pounds+ 

While some cars and trucks are obviously and automatically classed as commercial vehicles, in today’s gig economy it’s not always so simple. It’s important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney so you have the help you need to file the appropriate claim and make the most complete demand from the insurance company. After being hit and hurt by a commercial vehicle, you deserve justice, compensation, and the best care possible in your treatment. Call Thompson Law for more information about how to move forward and get the help you need.

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FAQs

What Should I Do When Injured in an Accident?2020-01-23T12:10:12-06:00

Get medical treatment! Your health and safety are the most important thing, and your first priority should be seeking immediate attention from a hospital or doctor. Not sure that you’re injured or how serious your injury might be? You should still seek immediate medical attention if you are in a car accident, truck wreck or any other type of accident. 

Getting immediate medical treatment does two 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. Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injury, but making the mistake to skip getting checked out can have serious consequences. 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. 

Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?2020-01-23T12:11:09-06:00

A competent and skilled personal injury lawyer is almost always necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you have 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. They are there to take care of the defendant (their customer) who caused your wreck or accident. 

An expert personal injury attorney should be able to help you not only force that insurance company to pay for the injuries and damages the defendant caused, but will also do their best to make sure that you are compensated for every category of damages you may be entitled to, some of which you may not even be aware of: medical bills, future surgical costs, time off work in the past or time you may have to take off in the future, as well as the pain, suffering, and impairment that many injured people experience. 

What Factors Affect My Claim’s Value?2020-01-23T12:12:12-06:00

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.  

Who Should I Call Immediately After Leaving the Scene of an Accident?2018-11-18T21:52:31-06:00

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.

Should I Conduct My Own Investigation?2018-11-18T21:53:20-06:00

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.

How Long Do I have to File a Claim?2020-01-23T12:13:39-06:00

The real question here is how soon should you contact a personal injury attorney, and the answer is as soon as possible! In Texas, you generally have two (2) years to file a personal injury claim before it is barred by the statute of limitations. However, other states may have different time limits, and you may not always be able to tell on your own which state’s limitations apply to your case! The safest course of action for anybody injured in a car wreck, truck wreck, slip and fall, or any other type of case, is to immediately consult with a personal injury attorney in your area.   

This will help you make sure that your claim will not miss the applicable limitations period.  But second, and just as importantly, it will make sure that the right investigations are conducted and the right steps are taken to preserve the evidence, photos, witness statements, and records needed to successfully pursue your claim in court, should that become necessary. 

What Happens If the Other Driver Does Not Have Insurance?2020-01-23T12:25:11-06:00

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 insuranceyou 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.  

What Damages Can I Recover?2020-01-23T12:26:33-06:00

If you are injured in an accident, the robust team of attorneys, paralegals and investigators at Thompson Law is ready to fight to help you get the money you deserve. Damages can include doctor and hospital bills, lost wages, property damage, and can include pain and suffering and even punitive damages in certain cases.  

What Is Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage?2020-01-23T12:27:41-06:00

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. 

What is Comparative Negligence?2018-10-18T11:20:51-05:00

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.

What Happens When the Police Arrive on the Scene?2020-01-23T11:55:38-06:00

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.     

The Insurance Company Says My Car Is Totaled. Now What?2020-01-23T11:58:20-06:00

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 its 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.  

A Family Member Was Injured in an Accident. Can I File a Lawsuit?2020-01-23T12:45:15-06:00

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. 

If I’m Partly to Blame for the Accident, Can I Still File a Case?2020-01-23T12:37:55-06:00

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.     

Can I afford to hire a great attorney?2020-01-23T12:54:16-06:00

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.   

How do I know you will take my case?2020-01-23T12:56:15-06:00

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! 

I had a slip & fall accident. Do I need to hire a lawyer?2020-01-23T12:58:38-06:00

Absolutely.  Premises liability cases, sometimes called “slip and fall” accidents, can be difficult to prove and require prompt action to preserve the evidence and witness statements you will need to pursue a claim. Additionally, Texas law on premises liability has become extremely difficult to navigate and unfavorable for injured parties. Your chances of receiving fair and just compensation for your injuries from a slip and fall increase significantly with a tenacious personal injury lawyer on your side. 

How do I know you are the right personal injury attorney for my case?2020-01-23T12:59:54-06:00

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 terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law Injury Lawyers can assist you.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was hit by a car while riding my bike. What do I need to do?2020-01-23T13:02:15-06:00

Bike accidents unfortunately occur more and more often and can cause serious and 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. 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, call Thompson Law Injury Lawyers today.  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.   

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

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

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

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

Why are there so many commercial vehicle accidents? 

Most motor vehicle accidents can be attributed to a main cause in one of three categories: driver error accidents, mechanical failure accidents, or environmental factor accidents. An important part of a personal injury attorney’s responsibility is to argue liability for an accident, meaning determine and build a case explaining who is completely or mostly at fault.  

Driver Causes for Collisions 

The most common causes of accidents are driver errors. Much of your personal injury attorney’s time and energy is spent building a case that accurately demonstrates the specific details and circumstances of the driver error that caused the wreck. Many of the reasons for accidents involving personal cars and trucks are the same with commercial vehicles. However, due to the specialized circumstances that accompany professional driving jobs, there are special risks and dangers. 

  • Distraction –Any activity that compromises the attention of the driver’s eyes, hands, or mind is a distraction. Distracted driving has become an increasing concern over the last couple of decades as phone and other device use has become more widespread, though the road has always had an array of distractions. This is particularly problematic in commercial vehicles where drivers are constantly monitoring devices for their route, their pickup and delivery information, their payment trackers, and more. From semi drivers monitoring their GPS, to Uber drivers answering their next customer’s message, anything that takes focus away from the act of driving is dangerous and potentially deadly.  
  • Fatigue – Federal and state regulations exist for the amount of time a professional driver can spend working on the road, but these standards may be higher than you think. Truckers may spend 15 hours driving before a required break, and falsifying drive time log books is disturbingly common in the industry. Uber limits its drivers to 12 hour shifts, though the enforcement of this rule is dubious.  
  • Speeding  We’ve all experienced the heart-racing feeling when a huge truck careens past us at wildly fast speed. Unfortunately, tight delivery schedules with vast mileage and heavy traffic between stops is the reality professional drivers navigate every day. Many say that their routes and delivery expectations are set up in a way where they have no choice but to speed to meet their route expectations.
  • Lane Merge Error – Specialized vehicles like box trucks, delivery vans, and more usually have limited visibility compared to a standard car. Large blind spots, heavy loads and other factors can contribute to challenges when the drivers are merging. If a heavy vehicle moves into another car’s space or runs it off the road in the course of merging, the consequences are devastating for these smaller vehicles.
  • Cargo Load Error – Interior cargo may be packed in a way that it blocks the line of sight for the driver. Cargo that is strapped or attached improperly can come loose and roll or fly off toward oncoming traffic. Any cargo that is overweight or improperly balanced can contribute to dangerous vehicle handling. Whether it’s a logging truck navigating curving mountain roads, or a wedding cake delivery van driving overly cautiously, commercial vehicle cargo can be a distraction and a danger to all nearby drivers on the road.

Mechanical Causes of Collisions 

Besides the driver, other parties can be deemed liable in full or in part for an accident. Vehicle manufacturers have an obligation to produce and sell quality vehicles and equipment. Owners and other parties responsible for the vehicle’s commercial use have an obligation to keep the car or truck in good working order. Mechanics and technicians have an obligation to repair things correctly and communicate honestly about the condition of the vehicle with their customers.   

  • Mechanical – brake failure, tire failure, airbag malfunction, seat belt malfunction 
  • Manufacturer – failure to recall, failure to conduct adequate safety testing 
  • Owner / Operator – failure to conduct routine maintenance, failure to pass inspections

It is important to tell your personal injury attorney the details of your accident so that they can help determine whether any of the above might have been contributing factors in your wreckYour lawyer wants to build the strongest case possible for you in order to get the best possible outcome. A key factor in this endeavor is properly and fully arguing liability for any and all contributors to the collision.

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Environmental Causes for Collisions 

The last main category a personal injury attorney evaluates when determining liability in your claim is the environmental factors that played a role in the event. These factors can be natural or man-made, but what they have in common is that they impacted the surroundings in which the accident occurred 

  • Construction – We expect our tax dollars to go toward maintenance of our infrastructure. Cities and states can be considered liable if dangerous road conditions due to lack of maintenance or faulty construction contributed to an accident. If contractor companies that are doing the construction create dangerous or non-compliant driving conditions in the course of their work, they can also be held responsible for their negligence. 
  • Weather – While a thunderstorm cannot be held liable for an accident, drivers can be held responsible for their reactions to dangerous conditions. Rain, snow, sleet, ice, hail, and more can limit visibility and make road surfaces slippery. If drivers, especially commercial vehicle drivers, do not moderate their driving habits in reaction to dangerous conditions, it can contribute to their scope of liability for the accident.

What is the difference if I am hit by a commercial vehicle? 

Both professional drivers and commercial businesses are held to a higher standard when it comes to their presence on the road than an ordinary driverFirst, the laws that govern their operation, and the insurance companies that cover their liability are more strenuous. Second, the types of collisions and the resulting injuries can be different from a standard car wreck.   

  • Regulations – Owners and operators of commercial vehicles face more regulation on how they operate and stricter consequences for errors. In Texas, nearly all professional drivers are required to obtain a specialized drivers’ license called a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), which includes Class A, Class B, or Class C designations, and which can include about half a dozen other special endorsements. In Texas only certain cities and districts have additional requirements for taxi, Uber and Lyft driver licenses. In addition, consequences are higher for professional drivers who violate traffic law. For example, errors like speeding are designated as more severe, and points may be taken on a license at a rate 1.5x that of a personal vehicle operator.
  • Insurance – Companies that own vehicles for commerce purposes are required to carry higher insurance coverage. For example, a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance must be maintained, and this amount is frequently increased if the carrier transports dangerous or valuable cargo. 
  • Collision Types – Collisions may be more severe or unique. For example, the size, weight, and handling of large trucks lead to more severe impact crashes. Trailer configurations are also able to jackknife, where the trailer forms an acute angle with the towing vehicle. Rollovers of high, top-heavy vehicles are also more common. In taxis and rideshare vehicles, where passengers more frequently ride without a seat belt, and without properly stowing objects they are traveling with, the objects and even the passengers may become dangerous projectiles in the event of a crash.  
  • Injuries – Injuries resulting from commercial vehicle accidents can be particularly severe in light of the collision circumstances outlined above.  

If you have questions after being hit by a commercial vehicle, you are certainly not alone. There are complex factors involved in filing claims against commercial insurance policies, and it is a great benefit to have an expert personal injury attorney managing your claim process. Your Thompson Law attorney and their team can ensure your accident is thoroughly investigated and that liability is accurately assigned. They will also bring tenacious negotiators to the table on your behalf, to win your maximum compensation. To ask questions, learn more about your options, and get started call us for a free consultation anytime.

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I Was Hit by a Commercial Vehicle. What Should I Expect Now? 

Unfortunately, many of these accidents do result in long-term and devastating impacts – if you are lucky enough to survive them. Being hit by large, dangerous, or heavy vehicles can have long lasting effects on your body, mental health, career, personal life, and more. Thompson Law has helped countless individuals and families who have faced the below hurdles after their accident. Our greatest desire is for our clients to have a full recovery and to receive the maximum possible compensation for their ordeal. We will be with you every step of the way if you are working to overcome any of the following obstacles and more. 

  • Medical Treatment for Injuries – ambulance rides, emergency room visit, ongoing visits to doctors and specialists for treatment and therapy. The time, energy and money devoted to these matters for the victim and the network of friends and family helping through recovery can range from a minor nuisance to a complete lifestyle change. 
  • Insurance Company Issues – Commercial policies typically have higher coverage, which is important in recouping your losses after the accident. However, navigating the additional corporate red tape on these policies is not easy. Insurance companies are famous for stalling and obfuscatory tactics, and this is only more prevalent on high dollar claim demands. 
  • At-Fault Party Issues – Large companies that own corporate vehicles or fleets may have their own in-house legal counsel to protect them when their drivers make devastating mistakes. If a government body is at fault, processing time to bring a claim is automatically extended.  
  • Employment Issues – Due to your injuries and any legal battles with the at fault parties, you may miss work, miss paychecks, or even be left with injuries that forever affect your ability to keep your career. Loss of earning potential is extremely important to factor into insurance claim demands.  
  • Pain and Suffering – Last on this list, but certainly not least, is the hardship you face after an accident. All of the above can contribute to extreme physical and mental anguish. Injuries, stress, financial hardship, and emotional impacts can be lasting and severe. You deserve justice for your suffering due to the error and negligence of another.
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Thompson Law is Here to Help After Your Commercial Vehicle Accident 

The good news is that you do not need to face these hardships alone. Clearly, commercial vehicle accidents come with unique challenges, and can result in uniquely devastating impacts. People who survive these events often are left with serious injuries and in great need of assistance. While some injuries may heal with time, others may be lasting. And beyond physical damages of the event, there are also significant financial, mental, and emotional impacts.  

Thompson Law’s results speak for themselves when it comes tsuccess fighting the insurance companies for our clients. We take our work serving our clients very seriously, and it is our desire that all our clients experience the best possible recovery and win their maximum rightful compensation. After your commercial vehicle accident, reach out to Thompson Law! When you “Call the Four’s” and get the Lion on your side, take comfort in the knowledge that you have the best personal injury firm working for you!

The State of Texas has a statute of limitations of two (2) years for personal injury cases, so if you have been injured in a commercial 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 Thompson Law right away for assistance with your injury and claim: (844) 308-8180

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