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Have You Been Seriously Injured in Car Accident in Plano?

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Our Plano car accident lawyers understand the stress associated with being involved in a motor vehicle accident, and the toll it can take on the lives of our clients and their family. The car you rely on to go to work, pick up your loved ones, and just go about your daily life is damaged, sometimes irreparably. You may be sore and wondering what injuries you have sustained, but do not feel you have time to go to the doctor or find one who will adequately assess your injuries.

Or you may be seriously injured and scared how that will impact your health, the lives of your loved ones, and your future. Medical bills may be piling up, and you are not sure how you will pay them while you are unable to work. Further, dealing with insurance companies for the damage to your car and to yourself is never easy while you are in pain.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, our accident lawyers in Plano can help you put your life back together. Our Plano car accident lawyers can take the burden off your shoulders and handle your injury claim while you focus on getting better. We have experience with all types of motor vehicle collisions, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and more. Call today for a FREE CASE REVIEW and let us help you get on the road to recovery.

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Car Accident Statistics in Plano, TX and the Surrounding Area

Every motor vehicle accident that occurs in Texas is tracked by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) by compiling crash reports across the state into its Crash Records Information System (CRIS). In 2021 in Plano, TX, TxDOT data shows there were 4,363 motor vehicle crashes (one crash every 2 hours) that included:

  • Fatality crashes:  9 crashes which led to the deaths of 9 people
  • Serious injury crashes:  78 crashes that led to 89 people sustaining serious injuries
  • Minor injury crashes:  631 crashes that led to 809 people sustaining minor injuries
  • Possible injury crashes:  684 crashes that led to 1,039 people sustaining possible injures
  • No injury crashes:  2,874 crashes that led to 9,444 people sustaining no injuries
  • Unknown severity crashes:  87 crashes that led to unknown injuries to 510 people

Collin County Car Accidents Statistics

Plano is located in Collin and Denton Counties, so our Plano car accident lawyers included crash statistics in the greater Plano area to highlight the risks we face on roads we travel every day. In Collin County in 2021 there were 12,204 crashes that included:

  • Fatality crashes:  51 crashes which led to the deaths of 52 people
  • Serious injury crashes:  335 crashes that led to 412 people sustaining serious injuries
  • Minor injury crashes:  1,671 crashes that led to 2,220 people sustaining minor injuries
  • Possible injury crashes:  2,124 crashes that led to 3,269 people sustaining possible injuries
  • No injury crashes:  7,739 crashes that led to 25,279 people sustaining no injuries
  • Unknown severity crashes:  284 crashes that led to unknown injuries to 1,397 people

Denton County Car Accident Statistics

In Denton County in 2021, in 2021 there were 11,380 crashes that included:

  • Fatality crashes:  59 crashes that led to the deaths of 68 people
  • Serious injury crashes:  289 crashes that led to 349 people sustaining serious injuries
  • Minor injury crashes:  1,241 crashes that led to 1,601 people sustaining minor injuries
  • Possible injury crashes:  1,707 crashes that led to 2,493 people sustaining possible injuries
  • No injury crashes:  7,728 crashes that led to 23,928 people sustaining no injuries
  • Unknown severity crashes:  356 crashes that led to unknown injuries to 1,521 people

Sources:  Crashes and Injuries by Cities and Towns; Crashes and Injuries by County.

Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Plano, TX

The most common causes of car accidents reported by the Plano Police Department in 2021 were:

  1. Speeding:  1,084 collisions were caused by drivers exceeding the speed limit, which was a contributing factor to 23.2% of all motor vehicle accidents in Plano in 2021.
  2. Driver inattention:  549 collisions were caused by inattentive drivers, which represented 11.75% of Plano auto accidents.
  3. Changed lane when unsafe:  511 collisions were caused by unsafe lane changes, which represented 10.9% of auto accidents.
  4. Failed to yield right of way when turning left:  436 collisions were caused by unsafe left turns, which represented 9.3% of auto accidents.
  5. Ignored stop and go signal:  350 collisions were caused by drivers running red lights, which represented 7.5% of auto accidents.
  6. Failed to drive in a single lane:  221 collisions were caused by drivers using multiple lanes of traffic simultaneously, which represented 4.7% of auto accidents.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

Being in an accident is a frightening and potentially dangerous experience, so it is important to know what you should do after a crash to protect your vehicle, health, and right to compensation following an injury accident.

  1. Stay at the Accident Scene:  Texas law (Texas Transportation Code § 550.022) states that any individual involved in an accident involving damage to a vehicle must stop at the scene or close to the scene without obstructing traffic more than necessary. Failure to do so is a Class C misdemeanor if damage to all vehicles is less than $200, which is rarely the case in an auto accident, or Class B misdemeanor is damage to all vehicles is $200 or more.
  2. Check for Injuries:  After a car accident, adrenaline levels typically run very high. This adrenaline can mask even significant injuries, so it is important to protect the health of all parties involved by checking for injuries. Further, Texas Transportation Code § 550.023 requires you exchange information with and render aid to any injured parties to a motor vehicle accident.
  3. Protect Your Vehicle, Your Passengers, and Yourself:  If you and the other party can move your vehicles, Texas law states you should do so to minimize traffic and prevent secondary collisions. If you are not able to move your vehicle, our Plano car accident lawyers suggest that you turn off the engine, turn on your hazard lights, and put out flares if you have them in an emergency flare kit.
  4. Report the Accident to the Police:  Every auto accident in Texas involving injuries or property damage must be reported to the local police department for the area in which the accident occurred (Texas Transportation Code § 550.026). If the accident involves property damage in excess of $1,000 or injuries to any parties, the police may choose to investigate the accident, assess liability for the accident, and file justifiable charges related to the accident (Texas Transportation Code § 550.04 1).
    • In addition to abiding by the law, reporting the accident to the police will allow them to protect your safety by redirecting traffic, call emergency services to get necessary medical attention, and produce a Plano crash report. Our Plano car accident lawyers suggest that you be the one to call the police, as it will allow you to give your statement of events first, and typically the person calling the police is viewed as not at-fault.
  5. Provide a Statement to the Police:  Take some time before the police arrive to gather your thoughts related to how the accident occurred, so you can be definitive in your statement to them. In accidents with no witnesses, video evidence, and conflicting statements, often the police will rely on the believability of your statement when assessing fault for the accident.
    • DO NOT admit fault for the accident even if you think you may be, as traffic laws in Texas can be complex. Allow the police, your insurance company, and our Plano car accident lawyers to help argue who was at fault for the accident. Also, DO NOT definitively state that you are not injured, even if you think you are okay. Many car accident injuries are not evident until adrenaline wears off and inflammation sets in, and you do not want a definitive statement that you are not hurt getting back to the insurance company.
  6. Exchange Information and Take Photos:  As mentioned above, per Texas Transportation Code § 550.023 you have a duty to exchange information after an accident. Our Plano car accident lawyers suggest you obtain photos of the other driver’s: 1) driver’s license, 2) insurance card, 3) license plate, 4) contact information, and 5) vehicle identification number (VIN). Further, gather contact information for all passengers involved in the accident.
    • Our Plano car accident lawyers also strongly suggest taking pictures of all vehicles involved in the accident. These pictures will serve as evidence related to fault for the accident and will also provide proof for a mechanism of injury related to the accident. Take photos of property damage from up close and far away, as well as photos of the area in which the accident occurred.
  7. Look for Witnesses:  If drivers in nearby cars witnessed the accident, our Plano car accident lawyers suggest asking for their contact information and if they would be willing to serve as a witness. Further, look for video evidence that may exist in the form of a dash camera or cameras at nearby businesses.
  8. Get a Medical Check-Up:  Even if you are not sure that you are injured, it is a good idea to get a medical check-up with a physician. As mentioned above, car accident injuries often become evident as time passes by after an accident and inflammation sets in. Insurance companies will try to deny your claim if you wait to see a physician and argue that your injuries were pre-existing or caused by something other than the accident. Thus, it is good to have any health complaints quickly documented in your medical records.
  9. Call Our Plano Car Accident Lawyers:  We offer FREE CONSULTATIONS and charge NO FEE unless we are able to obtain a settlement for your injuries on your behalf. Even if you are unsure of your injuries, having a free legal consultation can protect you from getting taken advantage of by the insurance companies later. While many people think they may be able to handle an accident claim on their own, insurance adjusters will often try to delay, deny, or drag out claims handled without the supervision of an accident attorney.

Taking these precautionary measures can help protect your safety while giving you some peace of mind during a difficult time.

DOs and DON'Ts After an Auto Accident

Since some people are more visual learners, our Plano car accident lawyers also put together the guide below to help you understand the DOs and DON’Ts after an auto accident. This guide can help direct you through the immediate post-accident process, and can be saved to your phone for future reference.



Why Should I Hire a Plano Car Accident Lawyer?

Personal injury is a complex area. While some people are tempted to take their lawsuits into their own hands, it’s always best to leave your case to a seasoned professional. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash in Plano, call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Our Plano auto accident attorneys will help you:

  • Argue and establish fault for the accident
  • Collect evidence to prove your case, such as your Plano crash report and medical records
  • Stand up against scare tactics or pushy strategies from the insurance company
  • Avoid making statements or taking actions that will damage your case
  • Calculate your compensation based off cases similar to yours
  • Keep you from settling too soon for too little money
  • Negotiate down any liens or medical bills to put more money in your pocket
  • If necessary, file a lawsuit and take your case all the way to court

We understand the many complicated factors of an auto injury case. Our Plano personal injury lawyers can help determine current and future medical costs, wages lost during recovery and the emotional cost of your pain and suffering. Our Plano car accident lawyers will help make sure your lawsuit is sufficient for your damages. It’s our job to help you navigate the legal system and obtain a fair settlement so you can focus on recovery.

How Long Do I Have to File an Injury Claim in Texas?

The Texas Statute of Limitations

The Texas statute of limitations declares that you have two years to file your personal injury claim in most cases. Some exceptions to the statute do exist for minors, legally disabled persons, first-party insurance claims, and in a few other instances, but those are typically only used as a last resort. While 2 years may sound  like a long time, the deadline can sneak up and pass you by making you ineligible for compensation. Our Plano car accident lawyers can make sure you file the proper paperwork and meet the crucial deadlines, so you have the best chance at a fair settlement.

Call now for your FREE CASE EVALUATION. We’re family-owned and operated, and we will leverage our personal injury expertise for your maximum settlement.

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Common Car Accident Injuries

After a car crash, you can sustain injuries to any part of the body. Collisions do a number on the musculoskeletal system and elsewhere– from broken wrists to airbag injuries to whiplash and traumatic brain injury. Auto accident injuries can lead to huge medical bills and time away from your job and the activities you love.

Common Plano car accident injuries include:

  • Injuries to the Head and Neck
  • Injuries to the Spinal Column
  • Injuries to Internal Organs
    • Ruptured spleen
    • Heart contusion
    • Lacerated liver
    • Internal bleeding
  • Injuries to Joints and Extremities (typically involving damage to cartilage and ligaments)
    • Amputation injury
    • Knee injury, commonly meniscus and posterior cruciate ligament tears
    • Hip injury, most commonly a torn labrum
    • Shoulder injury, most commonly a torn rotator cuff
    • Wrist injury
    • Hand injury
    • Sprains and strains
  • Fractured bones
  • Injuries to the Skin
    • Burn injury, often from airbag deployment
    • Puncture wounds
    • Abrasions, bruising, and lacerations

If you were in a car crash, you might have sustained damage to multiple parts of your body. Your medical care plan might include long-term rehabilitation, ongoing care, or time away from work. Injury and suffering not only cost money, but they also cause you to lose out on essential wages as well.

When car accident injuries result from someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help. The team of Plano car accident lawyers at Thompson Law can get to work building a case that seeks compensation for your injuries, losses, and suffering.

Why Should I Hire Thompson Law for my Car Accident Injury Claim?

  1. Results:  We have recovered over $1.8 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and obtained 15 of the top 50 settlements in Texas in 2021 (TopVerdict). Our accident attorneys will work to obtain the maximum compensation available to you for your claim as quickly as possible, regardless of the size of your claim.
  2. Experience:  We have board certified personal injury litigators that will aggressively file lawsuits and litigate your case if an insurance company tries to provide unreasonable offers. Our injury lawyers have experience negotiating and litigating every type of motor vehicle accident, such as auto accidents, motorcycle crashes, pedestrian collisions, fatal commercial trucking crashes, and more.
  3. Service:  Our law firm believes in delivering excellent client service that is personalized to the unique aspects of your injuries and type of accident. If for any reason you have a concern throughout the course of your case with our firm, you can email and our client care team will work with you to ensure your concerns are answered.
  4. Value:  We aim to assist victims of auto accidents in every way possible, such as offering our legal services on a contingency fee basis so you do not have to spend any money upfront.

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If you’re asking yourself when is the right time to contact a personal injury attorney after an auto accident, the answer is NOW! Our Plano car accident lawyers offer FREE CONSULTATIONS. Further, we charge NO FEE unless we win.

You will not incur any attorney fees, court costs, legal expenses, or any other costs unless we recover money on your behalf. If we do obtain a settlement for you, our fee will only come out of a portion of the settlement. When you have been injured, you need Plano car accident lawyers that are recognized as champions for their clients.


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The statute of limitations in Texas is 2 years in most injury accidents. If you have been injured in an accident, call our experienced Plano car accident lawyers today for a ZERO COST, NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION. The sooner you know your options, the faster you’ll be on the path to recovery.

Car Accident FAQs

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

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

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: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow.  The true answer is: it depends.  We find that most cases settle within 7-10 months from date of incident; but the timeframe in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case.  In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, 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

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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.