ZERO deathless days occurred on Texas roads in 2018. A major contributing factor to this terrible truth is the danger and force of large trucks on the road. In 2016 there were 541,000 large truck and bus crashes, resulting in 4,079 deaths (9% of which were pedestrians), plus nearly 119,000 injuries nationwide.
Denton faced its share of trucking dangers, as it is home to a concentration of some of the most dangerous roadways in the state, and even the nation (in the case of I-35). The magnitude of the accidents that occur on high speed roadways such as these, particularly when large trucks are involved, can result in additional challenges to gaining your rightful determination and settlement. Trucking companies have legal and insurance resources at their fingertips that individuals simply do not, not to mention a wealth of experience protecting their interests in the aftermath of accidents.
As a victim of a serious truck wreck, focusing on healing and recovery can be a full-time job, and you may find that you require the help of a specialized accident attorney. Thompson Law has the experience, expertise, and tenacity to stand up to big companies and collect your rightful compensation. After suffering a truck accident injury, you deserve help fighting for your just settlement. Don’t hesitate to contact Thompson Law today.
Trucking Fast Facts:
Pickup trucks are the most popular vehicle sold in Texas, and the Ford F-150 is the most popular model.
The conventional 18 Wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, nearly 20 times as much as an average car on the road.
In the 2017-2018 school year, there were 2,211 school buses and 22,761 students involved in accidents, resulting in 650 injuries.
Texas contributed 9.3% of the fatal tractor trailer collisions that occurred in the US in 2017, with 433 of the 4657 total accidents.
Of crash fatalities that occurred statewide in 2018, about 36% occurred in truck crashes.
Transportation and Warehousing is in the top 10 industry occupations in Denton.
The US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) most recent statistics report that there are2,746,882semi trailers and 8,456,30 straight trucks in the US.
American Trucking Association (ATA) released its 2018 revenue report for the industry, showing nearly $100 Billion in growth over last year, for a total of $796.7 Billion.
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?Thompson Law2020-01-23T12:11:09-06:00
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?Thompson Law2020-01-23T12:12:12-06:00
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?Kirk2018-11-18T21:52:31-06:00
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?Kirk2018-11-18T21:53:20-06:00
The real question here is how soonshould 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?Thompson Law2020-01-23T12:25:11-06:00
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 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.
What Damages Can I Recover?Kirk2020-01-23T12:26:33-06:00
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?Thompson Law2020-01-23T12:27:41-06:00
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?Thompson Law2018-10-18T11:20:51-05:00
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?Kirk2020-01-23T11:55:38-06:00
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?Kirk2020-01-23T11:58:20-06:00
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 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.
A Family Member Was Injured in an Accident. Can I File a Lawsuit?Kirk2020-01-23T12:45:15-06:00
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?Kirk2020-01-23T12:37:55-06:00
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?cbraun2020-01-23T12:54:16-06:00
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?cbraun2020-01-23T12:56:15-06:00
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?cbraun2020-01-23T12:58:38-06:00
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?cbraun2020-01-23T12:59:54-06:00
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 a 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?cbraun2020-01-23T13:00:51-06:00
Yes! Thompson Law is available24 hours a day, 7 days a weekto 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?cbraun2020-01-23T13:01:23-06:00
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?cbraun2020-01-23T15:44:56-06:00
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:
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.
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.
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.
GATHER INFO. After making sure you and passengers are okay, exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver.
FIND WITNESSES. If there are witnesses to the accident, take down their names and contact information. Their statements may help resolve any liability disputes.
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?cbraun2020-01-23T13:01:51-06:00
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?cbraun2020-01-23T13:02:15-06:00
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?cbraun2020-01-23T13:02:50-06:00
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?cbraun2020-01-23T13:03:34-06:00
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.
Trucks can be notoriously dangerous on the road. Their weight, payload size, overall size, and handling ability make them exceedingly precarious when they are not being operated with the driver’s full attention and uncompromised ability.
Despite what we know about the damage these vehicles can cause when things go wrong, modern expectations of long-haul and commercial truck drivers can be extremely demanding, forcing the owner-operators and employees to take risks in order to meet tight schedules and cover the most mileage in the least time possible. Individuals driving trucks as their personal vehicle sometimes make risky or negligent choices too, in the way that they load their trucks or with the items they decide to haul.
Compromised Visibility: Truck size and load can result in blind spots for the driver or block full visibility for the surrounding cars.
Driver Fatigue: Limited or off-cycle sleep opportunities, nearly always after long hours, and grueling onload/offload tasks, contribute to physically and mentally tired drivers.
Cargo Issues: Overweight, unbalanced, improperly loaded cargo can lead to leaks, spills, or handling trouble.
Road Time Limits: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates Hours of Service that truck drivers may be on the road. However, these mandates are surprisingly lax. For example, property carrying drivers are only required to take a break after their 14th consecutive hour of driving.
Mechanical: Before antilock brakes were required, starting in 1997, they were a main cause of tractor trailer accidents, particularly jackknifing.
Treacherous Road Conditions: Inclement weather, icy roads, and low visibility are all complicating factors for every vehicle, but most of all with semis, which require much longer amounts of time to stop or change course.
How can you avoid a trucking accident?
Sadly, there is no surefire way to avoid truck crashes. Sometimes even the best efforts still result in unfortunate, and even tragic outcomes. When accidents happen, the best thing you can do is engage the proper authorities for best reporting of the incident and call a specialized truck accident attorney to advise you and represent your rights.
In order to be a safe operator on the road, for the safety of you and your family, there are a few practices you can employ. Never tailgate trucks, as sudden stops or lane changes can leave you vulnerable and without warning. Use safe passing guidelines. Trucks have much larger blind-spots proportionally than passenger cars do. Never try to beat at truck at an intersection or lane change. Heavy cargo and machinery requires much more response time than a standard vehicle, so quick stops or adjustments are difficult if not impossible. Drive defensively. Remain observant and vigilant of the activity and objects surrounding you. If everyone employed these tactics, the road would be a much safer place each year.
What the Trucking Companies Don’t Want you to Know
In a nearly $800 Billion dollar industry, the resources at the disposal of the largest companies are practically limitless. Despite this overwhelming revenue, the industry also experiences a notoriously high turnover rate in employee drivers, in recent years reaching as much as 136%. This revolving door can drain resources for appropriately vetting and training drivers, leading to negligent or poor drivers continuing to gain new employment or maintaining employment at companies already suffering from turnover loss, despite their poor performance.
Additionally, there are approximately 400,000 owner-operator truck drivers in the United States, and on average they operate vehicles that are over ten years old. When you have been hit by one of these individuals it can be difficult to determine who the actual at-fault parties are and accordingly, the sources of liability in your case. Despite an accident that involves one driver, there may be negligence and poor practice on an organizational level of the driver’s contracting company, which also contributed to the dangerous circumstances leading to your event. The expert legal team at Thompson Law will do the work for you to make sure all those liable for your accident are held accountable.
After the Truck Accident
What to do after the Collision
If there are serious injuries at the scene, the first thing to do is call 911 for emergency medical help. Emergency professionals such as EMS, police, and firefighters are equipped to best direct the next steps at an accident scene, caring for people and property and preventing further injury.
Recording events of the accident is extremely important. Arming your Thompson Law team with the best information possible as they represent you in your claim can make all the difference in an optimal outcome. Take pictures, take down identification information such as ID’s, plates, insurance policies, and contact information. Comply fully with emergency responders to ensure complete and accurate reports of the incident are generated.
Do not make any statements to any representatives from insurance companies or other involved parties. 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 police on the scene. As soon as you safely can, call Thompson Law at 844-308-8180 for assistance. Your legal counselor will discuss the details of your accident and assist with your next steps to rightful repair and recovery.
Truck Accident Injuries
The size, weight and cargo of these vehicles create some of the most devastating damage that occurs in roadway accidents. Vehicles of larger size and weight can cause more catastrophic crashes, and more quickly involve multiple vehicles in those collisions. Injuries that result from truck accidents include:
The most important thing you can do following a serious truck accident is take care of your health. The ideal outcome for Thompson Law is that every client recovers as fully as possible and receives the best compensation possible. Grant Lion Law the opportunity to help you and yours after the accident.
The Lion Law Difference
If you have been injured in a truck accident, the time to call Lion Law is right now at 844-308-8180! Your dedicated attorney and professional team will guide your claim and case process, communicating with you every step of the way. Lion Law has an extensive network of partners in Denton and throughout DFW who will help with all required medical or therapeutic treatments.
While you focus on recovery, your dedicated Thompson team will focus on negotiating the best possible outcome for your case. Ryan “The Lion” Thompson and his associates are fully prepared to take a case as far as necessary to win your rightful compensation. After suffering a truck wreck injury, you need an expert advocate and a tenacious attorney to have your back. Contact Lion Law today for your free consultation and case analysis. Bring a lion to the fight!
Texas law limits the time to file a claim, so reach out now to speak with one of our experienced representatives about your accident.
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