While Garland’s position as a major manufacturing and industrial hub for Texas has allowed our city to prosper, our Garland car accident lawyers have also seen an increase in car accidents in the area, particularly as it relates to collisions with large trucks. As our residents drive around town going to work, school, and simply going about our daily lives, we often forget that each time we enter a roadway there is a risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Even cautious, defensive drivers are not protected from the potentially negligent actions of other drivers on the road. All it takes is a passing moment of inattention or lost focus on the part of a distracted, fatigued, or impaired driver to caused a car crash that can potentially permanently impact your life and the lives of your family.
When you or a loved one is injured in a motor vehicle accident with another negligent driver, the Garland car accident lawyers at Thompson Law can help guide you through the recovery process and obtain maximum compensation for your accident injuries. Call our Garland car accident lawyers at Thompson Law today for a FREE CONSULTATION and get the help you need and deserve.
Whenever an accident is reported to the police in the State of Texas, the responding officer will create a crash report describing the location, cause(s), and severity of the collision. These crash reports are aggregated by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in their Crash Records Information System (CRIS), and used to analyze the causes of motor vehicle collisions with a goal toward providing safer roadways for Texas drivers. Our Garland car accident lawyers have compiled this information to highlight the dangers drivers in Garland face on our roads each and every day.
In 2021 in Garland, TX, there were 2,975 automobile crashes (more than one collision every 3 hours) for which a Garland crash report was created. These motor vehicle crashes included:
Given Garland is located in the broader Dallas County area, our Garland car accident lawyers have provided accident statistics on the broader area to show the dangers our residents face on roads we travel on a regular basis. In all of Dallas County in 2021 there were 55,634 total crashes (more than one collision every 9.5 minutes) that included:
Sources of information: Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics (TxDOT) – 2021; Crashes and Injuries by Cities and Towns; Crashes and Injuries by County.
Over half of all motor vehicle wrecks in Garland in 2021 were caused by one of only five negligent actions taken by drivers on Garland roadways. The most common causes of car accidents reported by the Garland Police Department in 2021 were, in order of highest incidence:
No other contributing factor listed on Garland crash reports represented more than 5% of the causes of crashes in Garland. Other contributing factors representing at least 1% of causes of accidents in Garland included: Tailgating, running or ignoring stop signs or red lights, faulty evasive action, drinking and driving, unsafe backing out, distractions in the vehicle, not yielding right of way at private drives and open intersections, and falling asleep at the wheel.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle collision, call our Garland car accident lawyers today for a FREE CASE REVIEW. We will gather information about your accident, let you know if we can help, and offer you advice on next steps.
Most people do not prepare for what they should do in the event of an accident until it is too late. However, the steps that you take immediately following a crash are critically important your safety, long-term health, and chances of recovering compensation.
We provide car crash victims with dedicated and tenacious legal representation, ensuring that you get fair and full value for your injury claim. Our Garland car accident lawyers will build a strong case with supporting evidence so that you recover the money that you deserve under State law.
If you are looking for a handy reference guide to understand what you should do after a car accident – and what steps you should not take after a wreck – our Garland car accident lawyers have put together the reference tool below. While this is a good guide to help you understand what to do at the scene of an accident, we highly suggest you contact one of our injury lawyers as soon as possible after a motor vehicle collision. Call our Garland car accident lawyers today for a free consultation.What-Should-I-Do-After-a-Car-Accident-Dos-and-Donts
The types of compensation you can receive for an accident depend on a variety of factors, such as:
Generally, the compensation you can potentially receive falls into two buckets: Economic damages, and non-economic damages. Economic damages are real financial losses that you have encountered. Examples include things like property damage to your vehicle, property damage to other personal property (e.g., a computer), lost wages, medical bills, and other out of pocket expenses.
Non-economic damages do not have a definitive financial cost and are more difficult to quantify. They can include things like emotional distress, pain and suffering, disfigurement, long term disability, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and loss of consortium (the latter only in wrongful death cases). Additional non-economic damages known as punitive damages might be available if you were hit by someone that was particularly negligent, such as a drunk driver.
Our Garland car accident lawyers can help you understand what types of compensation might be available to you based on this specifics regarding your accident and injuries. However, often it is difficult to quantify the amount of compensation which might be available until we know the full extent of your injuries and other damages. Call our Garland car accident lawyers today to discuss what damages have incurred and how we might be able to help.
Being injured in a car accident is traumatic enough without having to face legal and insurance challenges with which you do not have much familiarity. We specialize solely in injury cases and deal with accidents like yours every day. That’s why it’s important to call our accident attorneys in Garland to help protect your interests and right to full compensation.
While you focus on recovering from your injuries, or car wreck lawyers will:
Trying to navigate uncharted legal and insurance waters on your own is a risky proposition. You need experience personal injury lawyers who know how to handle your case and obtain the most money the law allows for your settlement. Call our Garland car accident lawyers today for a FREE CONSULTATION.
The law governing how long you have to file an injury claim in Texas is known as the statute of limitations. The statute states that you have two (2) years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit in most cases. This may seem like a long time, but our accident lawyers recommend you begin the process of filing an injury claim as soon as possible after your accident.
Critical documentation to support your injury claim must begin as soon as you start incurring financial and non-financial damages. For example, witness statements must be taken in a timely fashion before their memories fade and must be collected in a way the courts will recognize. Medical bills and records must also be collected and sorted to support the severity of your injuries. Lost wages must also be documented in a fashion that insurance companies and courts will permit.
While many people think they might be able to pursue an injury claim on their own, oftentimes they end up damaging their case in the potential for sources of recovery. Insurance companies will do everything they can to protect their investors by trying to minimize, delay, and deny your claim. Contact our accident lawyers in Garland, Texas today for a FREE CASE REVIEW and to begin your injury claim process today.
Every accident is unique and the injuries sustained in car wrecks can vary widely based upon the force and direction of the impact. However some common car accident injuries our Garland injury lawyers frequently encounter include:
If you have suffered accident injuries, call our Garland car accident lawyers today to discuss how we might be able to help.
Generally, it is best to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an auto accident. Our Garland car accident lawyers offer FREE CONSULTATIONS, charge NO FEE unless we win, and can answer your questions over the phone to ensure your case gets off on the right track from day one. We do not charge attorney fees nor case expenses unless and until we are able to obtain a settlement, and then our fees and expenses will come out of a portion of the settlement. If we are not able to obtain a settlement, you will not owe us one penny.
It does not matter whether you live in Garland, were visiting Garland, or were simply passing through on your way to Dallas or Arlington when your accident occurred – our Garland car accident lawyers can help. If you need an auto accident lawyer in Garland, TX, call us today and let us handle your claim. If you do not, save our contact information in your phone so we will be there for you when you need us.
Remember, the statute of limitations only gives you 2 years to file a lawsuit in most cases. Call Thompson Law today for a free case evaluation.
If you are injured in any type of accident, your first priority should be to seek immediate medical attention, even if you are not certain that you are injured. Seeking immediate medical treatment does two things: 1) it ensures injuries you sustained are diagnosed and treated; and, 2) it helps eliminate any doubt by the insurance company that your injuries were caused by the accident.
Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injuries, so making the mistake of skipping a medical examination can have profound consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of your attorney.
If you were in a motor vehicle accident we have also detailed here what to do after a car accident.
A skilled personal injury lawyer is necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you sustained in an accident. Most defendants, whether individual drivers or commercial vehicle operators, are covered by liability insurance. Those insurance companies are not obligated to protect or take care of you. Insurance companies exist to protect the defendant (their customer) who caused the wreck.
A personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for every category of damages to which you are legally entitled. These damages can include things like: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain & suffering, punitive damages, loss of limb, diminished mental function, physical impairment, scarring or disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims). Further, you may be entitled to future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, and other damages in severe injury cases.
The largest factor affecting your claim’s value is the severity or magnitude of your injuries. More severe injuries typically require more medical treatment. So it is essential to have all your injuries documented properly by seeking immediate treatment with doctors or hospitals, and continuing under the care and direction of your doctors as long as necessary to heal. Without prompt and consistent medical treatment and documentation, an injury claim becomes very difficult to pursue, let alone win.
Of course, other factors an also have an impact, and each and every case is different. Were you injured in a commercial vehicle wreck or truck wreck that totaled your car, or was it a fender bender that did very little damage? Was the other driver intoxicated or drunk, or speeding? A multitude of factors may play into your claim’s overall likely value. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to visit with you and talk to you more specifically about factors which may affect your particular claim.
In Texas, you usually have two (2) years from the date of incident to file a personal injury claim before it is barred by the statute of limitations. There are exceptions to this 2-year time limit in Texas, for minors and others. Further, other states have different time limits, and the limit that applies is typically for the state in which the accident occurred.
The safest course of action for someone injured in a car wreck, truck wreck, slip and fall, or any other type of accident is to consult with a personal injury attorney. This will help ensure that you do not miss the applicable limitations period. Moreover, it will ensure the right investigations are conducted, and the proper steps are taken to preserve the evidence, photos, witness statements, and records needed to successfully pursue your claim.
If you are injured in a hit-and-run wreck (and are unable to locate the driver) or are hurt in a collision where the other driver does not have insurance, you are not necessarily out of options in terms of financial recovery. You may still be able to recover for your personal injuries if your own policy has Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage or Personal Injury Protection (PIP). It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company to confirm what types of coverage you have on your policy before an accident, but if you have been hit be sure to ask these questions before finalizing your claim request. Even if you do not have UM or PIP, the attorneys and investigators at Thompson Law can work to track down the other driver in a hit-and-run accident. To do this, we rely on witnesses who may have captured a photo of the car or license plate and/or available surveillance camera footage that might have captured the wreck.
Typical damages you can recover in a personal injury claim include: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and in some cases even punitive damages. In severe injury cases, other damages may be recoverable, such as: future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, loss of body member or mental function, physical impairment, disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims).
Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage can help save the day if you are hit by an uninsured driver or if you are the victim in a hit-and-run collision. In short, UM coverage is an add-on coverage that drivers can add to their auto insurance policies that will protect them in the event that they are in an auto accident with a driver who either does not have insurance or cannot be located. You can contact your insurance provider to confirm whether your policy includes UM. If you do not have this coverage, the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law recommend that you consider adding UM to your auto insurance policy today.
Knowing how comparative negligence works is vital if you live in a state that uses it. In simple terms, comparative negligence implies both drivers can share fault for an accident, but one driver can be more at fault than the other. For example, you are texting while driving when another driver runs a stop sign and hits your car.
A jury finds that the driver who ran the stop sign is 80 percent at fault, but they believe you would have had a better chance of avoiding the accident if you were not texting at the time. They find you 20 percent at fault. You can only collect enough compensation to cover the other driver’s fault. In this case, you would get $8,000 if the jury thinks your case is worth $10,000.
Having the police respond to the accident scene is of paramount importance. Make sure that YOU call them and insist that they come and investigate the accident. When the police arrive, they will separate the drivers and witnesses from one another and take statements from everyone involved. Be cooperative, detailed, and firm in describing the accident. The investigating officer will usually determine fault based upon these statements, and it is essential that your version of the events is heard and believed. If you think that you may be injured, make that clear to the officer. If an ambulance or other medical professionals arrive on scene, get checked out. If not, make plans to visit an emergency room or doctor soon after you leave the scene. Before you do leave for this care, the officer will provide you with a report number and their contact information. Make sure this information is safely saved, as it will be very important in any auto accident injury claim you may have.
Call an attorney. Your first instinct might be to call your insurance company, but it’s best to seek legal council first so you don’t accidentally admit guilt or take responsibility for the accident. In many cases your attorney will call the insurance company for you to prevent that from happening.
Absolutely not. It’s important to leave the investigation to the professionals. They know exactly how to work a case to determine all of the facts and details.
In insurance terms, “totaled” or a “total loss” means that the cost to repair your vehicle to its pre-accident condition is more than the vehicle is worth. Each insurance company has a different threshold for determining if a vehicle is totaled, but generally, if it’s close, you want the insurance company to “total” your car. Following the determination that your car is a total loss, the insurance company will provide you with their assessment of the value of your car. An experienced auto accident attorney should review this estimate to make sure that you are truly receiving fair market value for your loss. You absolutely have the right to challenge their assessment, and a skilled attorney knows the best way to do so to maximize your recovery.
Typically, yes. If a family member is seriously injured or killed in an accident, or if the injured party is a minor child, then it may be appropriate under the law for a parent, spouse, relative, or legal guardian to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the injured or deceased party. These types of claims are complex, and usually depend on the type of relationship involved, as well as the individual facts and circumstances of the injury. Calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law is step one to explore filing a legal claim on behalf of your loved one.
Even if you are partially to blame for a car accident, you may be able to recover some of your damages from the other party. Under Texas’s proportionate responsibility system (also known as comparative negligence), unless you as the claimant/plaintiff are determined more than 51% at fault, you may recover legal damages that are reduced by the percentage you are determined at fault. For example, if you are determined to be 30% at fault, you can recover 70% of your damages from the other responsible party (you can’t recover the other 30% because that was the amount of liability that was determined to lie with you). The personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law can help you navigate this proportionate responsibility system – so reach out online or call anytime for a free consultation.
If you or a family member are injured in an automobile accident, you cannot afford NOT to hire the very best attorney available. Thompson Law works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you only pay legal fees IF we win for you and AFTER your case is settled. We understand that legal fees upfront are simply too much to deal with after a serious accident where you are dealing with property damage repairs, medical bills, missed work and lost wages. The fact that you owe $0 upfront is an added bonus when you hire great legal representation at Thompson Law.
If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, there is a good chance we can help you out. We will look at the facts of your accident, whether a car wreck, truck wreck, motorcycle accident, or on-the-job-injury and examine whatever reports or records are available. If we believe that you were injured and it was someone else’s fault, it is likely to be a case we can take. The more information and documentation you can give us about your accident and your injuries, the quicker we can evaluate your case and let you know. Give us a call or reach out online anytime!
The best personal injury attorney has three major characteristics: Excellent customer service, cutting edge technology, and a willingness to take cases and win at trial. Ask your potential attorney about the client experience they offer, what kind of technology they use to make your life easier, and when was the last time they took a case to jury trial. Asking these types of questions will give you guidance on what kind of experience you can expect as a client and what kind of results you can expect at the end of your case.
Thompson Law has high ratings from clients for its emphasis on customer service, and its attorneys have achieved significant results on small, large, and complex cases alike. No matter if you have been involved in a minor car wreck or are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a rarer and more devastating event like a terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law can assist you.
Yes! Thompson Law is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free consultations. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, hurt in a slip and fall incident, or otherwise injured from the negligence of another person or party, give us a call any time at 1-800-LION-LAW. We can speak to you over the phone, chat online through our website or social media outlets, or arrange an in-person meeting at your convenience. Our team is ready to help!
Thompson Law is available 24/7 to provide free consultations and to sign up new clients. We can sign you up over the phone or we can send one of our experienced licensed investigators to meet you at the hospital or at your home if you prefer. Whether you live in Arlington, Ft. Worth, El Paso, McAllen, or even outside of the state of Texas, we are always here to assist you and provide the resources you need at a difficult time. We do the hard work for you so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.
Being in a wreck, especially on the highway, can be a terrifying experience. Remember these 6 steps to make sure you are safe and to help preserve your legal case right from the start:
Yes! Passengers in auto accidents are entitled to make claims for their damages and injuries too. As a negligence-free passenger, who you make a claim against (one or both drivers and their insurance companies), and what coverages are available (third-party liability, first-party coverages, and/or personal injury protection), depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the car wreck. Injured passengers should call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law to assist in navigating these complex issues so that they may receive the fair compensation they deserve.
Under Texas law, “bicycles are entitled to all rights of the road that apply to a motor vehicle, including access.” Unfortunately, drivers often don’t respect the rights of cyclists, and bike accidents are increasingly common, causing severe injuries to the cyclist.
First, stay at the scene. As soon as it is safe, assess the situation and call 9-1-1 to report the incident.
Second, when help arrives, receive emergency medical attention. Get “checked out” even if you think you are okay—the trauma and shock of the collision can cause your body to block out pain and injury, and internal injuries often produce non-specific symptoms. Follow the medical advice of the emergency response team.
Third, with assistance from the police, exchange and obtain information, such as insurance information as well as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses, passengers, and drivers. DO NOT discuss the facts and circumstances of the bike accident with anyone other than the investigating officer.
Fourth, document the scene. Make notes on paper or using your cell phone about the time of day; weather conditions; road or traffic conditions; lighting; location of the vehicles and involved parties; and any relevant road signs, traffic control devices (lights, stop signs, yield signs) etc. Also, make sure to get photographs of your bike, the driver’s car, and the scene.
Last, a lawyer to discuss your rights. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law will help you investigate all applicable insurance coverages and fight to get the compensation to which you are entitled.
An insurance company will not pay medical expenses or other damages as they come due; rather, after they have accepted liability, the insurance company will make a one-time, lump-sum final payment only at the end of your case. Dealing with medical expenses, and obtaining the proper medical care, after an accident can be tricky. But it does not have to be! Call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law, who can explain how to deal with the “day-of” hospital bills, how to continue to receive the care you need, and ultimately how to recover an appropriate settlement that takes care of your bills from the incident as well as fair and just compensation for you.
Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow. The true answer is: it depends. We find that most cases settle within 7-10 months from date of incident; but the timeframe in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case. In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, the litigation process alone can take 1 to 2 years due to the court system and legal process necessary to prepare for trial. But because so much of the timeline depends on the facts and circumstances of your unique case, call Thompson Law today to discuss the personal injury claims process.
Thompson Law receives an attorney fee and you pay no legal fees as our client unless we pay you. Thompson Law has 350 years of combined experience in legal representation and has won over $1.8 billion dollars in cash settlements for our clients. We master the art of managing client cases with empathy, compassion, respect and, of course, prodigious skill. Contact us today for a free, risk-free consultation to discuss your accident and your options.
State law limits the time you have to file a claim after an auto accident. If you have been injured in an accident, call now to get the help you need.