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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 Grand Prairie18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer

Every year, over 130,000 Americans are injured in large truck crashes. While it may be hard to imagine the experience of being struck on the roadway by an 80,000lb vehicle, this exact circumstance, along with the follow up recovery time, healing injuries, missing work, and sometimes even coping with the loss of loved one, is the reality for these truck wreck victims.  Suffering any type of motor vehicle accident can be frightening and overwhelming, but collisions with commercial fleet vehicles present particular challenges to obtaining your rightful settlement. Full fleet and even smaller trucking companies have robust legal and insurance resources at their fingertips, not to mention experience protecting their interests in the aftermath of an accident.      

Following a serious truck collision, your first concern should be working to heal your injuries and put your life back together. Leave the hard work of fighting the insurance companies to your specialized accident attorney. Thompson Law has the track record of success and tenacity to stand up to big businesses and help you collect your rightful compensation. Call us today to put Lion Law (844) 308-8180 to work for you!

The Fast Facts:     

18 Wheeler Realities and Risks     

    There were 433 fatal Tractor-Trailer crashes in Texas in 2017, and 4657 nationwide, meaning Texas contributed 9.3% of the total nationwide fatal crashes for that year.      

   There were 3,301 traffic crashes in Grand Prairie last year, that is a per capita rate 19% higher than for the state of Texas overall. 

 At 65 miles per hour, it takes a tractor trailer 525 feet to stop, that’s about 1 ½ football fields.  

   Transportation Occupations are in the top 10 sources of employment for the city of Grand Prairie with more than 1 in every 20 citizens working in this occupation.  

        The US’s largest trucking company, UPS, reported it’s 2017 revenue at $65.872 billion. That is equal to $349,149 per person in the city of Grand Prairie.     

 After gaining a Texas Driver license, you can take your Commercial Driver License (CDL) test in just 14 days after receiving your Commercial Learner Permit (CPL). A Class A CDL is what allows operation of an 18 wheeler.     

    The Teamsters Union, which includes truck drivers, was founded over 100 years ago and is the 4th largest labor union.     

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FAQs

What If the Other Vehicle Was an 18 Wheeler?2018-11-18T21:59:58-06:00

If the other vehicle involved in your crash was an 18 wheeler or another commercial vehicle, call an attorney immediately. Companies who own commercial vehicles and 18 wheelers often have their own team of investigators who will arrive on the scene immediately working on the driver’s defense case. The sooner you involve an attorney of your own, the better your chances are of receiving compensation for your injuries and damages.

What Are Negligent Actions by Drivers of 18 Wheelers and Commercial Vehicles?2018-11-18T22:00:33-06:00

Drivers of 18 wheelers and other commercial vehicles are held to a higher standard of driving. If they neglect to turn on their flashing lights when they’re on the side of the road, don’t move over far enough onto the shoulder, don’t properly secure their cargo, or don’t leave enough clearance when making a left turn, and in many other cases, the driver could be considered negligent. If you want to know if the driver of the 18 wheeler involved in your case was negligent, contact a personal injury attorney.

The Trucking Company Just Called Me About My Accident. Are They Really Trying to Help Me?2018-11-18T22:01:15-06:00

No. They aren’t trying to help you. They’re trying to protect their drivers and reduce their costs. That’s why they have a team of lawyers ready to flock to the scene of any accident. Don’t accept any form of compensation until you talk to your attorney. Most victims of 18 wheeler crashes sustain more injuries than victims of normal crashes, and can receive higher compensation as a result. Don’t let them fool you into accepting a smaller payout for your injuries and damages. Your injuries could require years of medications and surgeries, and the company will try everything to avoid making huge payouts. Call your attorney and let them do the negotiating on your behalf.

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’ve Been in an Accident With an 18 Wheeler. Who’s Responsible – The Company or The Driver?2020-01-23T12:18:56-06:00

Many times it can be the fault of both the driver and the 18 wheeler company. Truck drivers can be at fault just like any other motorist for failing to follow the rules of the road. However, 18 wheeler companies and their employees have federal laws they are required to follow that govern things like how many consecutive hours of driving are allowableminimum numbers of resting hours between jobs, when and how to do inspections, and so on. Also, the 18 wheeler companies have specific duties and responsibilities regarding training their drivers and supervising their work. When trucking companies refuse to follow standard rules, regulations, and practices regarding the commercial and transportation industry, people can get hurt and companies can be found at fault for contributing to or causing the collision through their irresponsible decisions.  An experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer will know what violations to look for and how to hold both the driver and the company responsible for endangering the motoring public on the roads we all share.  

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.    

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. 

18 Wheeler Crashes

Types of Tractor Trailer Crashes

Jackknife      When the rear wheels of the trailer lock up and the trailer swings to create an acute angle with the truck     
Rear End      Due to the weight of a trailer and cargo, these trucks are much harder to stop than cars, SUVs, or other standard vehicles     
Broadside      Also called a T-bone collision, one automobile collides with the side panel of another     
Sideswipe      This type of impact occurs commonly with large trucks that require wide turnsscraping objects or other cars, and can also occur sidebyside on the road     
Rollover      Since the requirement for antilock brakes went into effect, rollovers have surpassed jackknifing as the most dangerous semi accidents     
Head On      Often due to fatigue or drowsiness resulting in lane wandering     
Single Vehicle      One tractor trailer colliding with debris, stationary objects or going off the road, resulting in damage or injury     
Multi Vehicle      One or more semi trucks colliding with one or more vehicles or objects, and one of the deadliest forms of vehicular collision

Serious Tractor Trailer Crashes in Grand Prairie 

Unfortunately, every city in DFW has its share of serious accidents. These events occur based on that location’s particular infrastructure, traffic patterns, concentrated areas of attractions and more. Grand Prairie is no exception, and in just very recent memory, the city has had a number of grave accidents, including a tanker truck wreck, a sleep at the wheel crash and a highway-closing rollover accident. Tragic and irreparable damage results from wrecks involving such tremendous and powerful vehicles, and the best that can be done in the aftermath is as much recovery and recuperation as possible. Thompson Law is here for the Grand Prairie community in these times, working tirelessly to bring at-fault parties to justice, and compassionately support victims.

After an 18 Wheeler Accident

What to do When You Have Been Hit by a Tractor Trailer

After any commercial vehicle collision, especially after large truck wrecks, and particularly when there are serious injuries on the scene, it is extremely important to involve the proper authorities and make an accurate record of the events. The following provides a quick snapshot of what to do during the aftermath of an accident. If there are grave injuries, the most important thing to do is call emergency services for help right away.   

Personal ID’s – owner, drivers, passengers, witnesses      

Property ID’s – plate numbers, insurance info, registration info, location info      

Photograph – take pictures of the vehicles involved, the accident site and the damage    

Police – for emergencies call 911, for Grand Prairie Police call (972) 237-8790, and cooperate fully with the operator, carefully following his or her instructions. When emergency personnel arrive on the scenecomply fully with their instructions as they generate an accident report.  

Proceed – Take care departing the scene! Follow the instructions provided to you by emergency professionals. Gather the police report information when available. Call Lion Law(link) for legal assistance and representation.      

Protect – Protect your rights and interests by calling Thompson Law (844) 308-8180 as soon as you are able following the accident.      

Once all the proper measures from the above list have been taken, the scene has been cleared, and you are in a safe position to do so, call Thompson Law  for advice on the next steps. Our skilled negotiators and litigators will be able to discuss the details of your situation and guide you to a path toward optimal results and settlement for your claim.

Injuries Resulting from 18 Wheeler Accidents     

The size, weight, and balance of these vehicles results in some of the most devastating and impactful damage that occurs in roadway accidents. Tractor trailers cause catastrophic collisions, frequently involving multiple vehicles. Common injuries from an 18 wheeler accident may include:     

      • Cuts and Bruises   
      • Whiplash  
      • Head Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) 
      • Broken Bones   
      • Spinal Injuries 
      • Neck and Disk Injuries   
      • Joint Trauma and Sprains   
      • Muscle, Ligament and Tendon Injuries   
      • Soft Tissue Injuries 
      • Internal Injuries and Internal Bleeding 
      • Amputations and Dismemberment 
      • Paralysis 
      • Death

The most important thing you can do following a serious 18 wheeler accident is take care of yourself and your health. At Lion Law, we want every client to recover as fully as possible and receive the very best compensation possible. Please feel free to reach out anytime 24/7  (844) 308-8180. We are here to help and look forward to assisting you in your steps forward to repair and recovery.  

The Thompson Law Difference

If you have been injured in an 18 Wheeler accident in Grand Prairie, the time to call Lion Law is right now. (Link). Your experienced and compassionate legal team will guide you through the process of seeking treatment, protect your interests in negotiations with all at-fault parties, and go to battle for the compensation you deserve.      

After a truck wreck you need an expert advocate and a tenacious attorney to have your back. With  Ryan “The Lion” Thompson, your case is in the best possible hands. Don’t be afraid to stand up to the big trucking companies and insurance companies when you have the attorney who makes all the difference on your side. 

Texas law limits the time you have to file a claim so reach out  now to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives about your accident. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Lion Law (844) 308-8180  is here to help    

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