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 a 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 fair compensation and settlement. Full fleet and even smaller trucking companies have 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 18 wheeleraccident attorney. Thompson Law has the track record of success and thecourage to stand up to the big agencies. Call today to put Lion Law at 844-308-8180 to work for you!
The Fast Facts:
Large Truck 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.
The US’s largest trucking company, UPS, reported it’s 2017 revenue at $65.872 billion. That is equal to $593,147 person in the city of Richardson.
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.
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?Kirk2018-11-18T22:00:33-06:00
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?Kirk2018-11-18T22:01:15-06:00
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?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’ve Been in an Accident With an 18 Wheeler. Who’s Responsible – The Company or The Driver?Kirk2020-01-23T12:18:56-06:00
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 allowable, minimum 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?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.
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.
18 Wheeler Crashes
Types of Tractor Trailer Crashes
When the rear wheels of the trailer lock up and the trailer swings to create an acute angle with the truck.
Due to the weight of a trailer and cargo, these trucks are much harder to stop than cars, SUVs, or other standard vehicles.
Also called a T-bone collision, one automobile collides with the side panel of another.
This type of impact occurs commonly with large trucks that require wide turns, scraping objects or other cars, and can also occur side-by-side on the road.
Since the requirement for antilock brakes went into effect, rollovers have surpassed jackknifing as the most dangerous semi accidents.
Often due to fatigue or drowsiness resulting in lane wandering.
One tractor trailer colliding with debris, stationary objects or going off the road, resulting in damage or injury.
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 Richardson
Unfortunately, every city in DFW has its share of serious accidents. These events occur based on that location’s particular infrastructure, traffic patterns,ongoing construction, concentrated areas of attractions and more. Richardson is no exception, and in just very recent memory, the city has had a number of grave accidents, including even a rollover fuel tanker accident that spilled hazardous materials on the road. Tragic and irreparable damage can result 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 Richardson 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 guide with helpful reminders of what to do following an accident. If there are grave injuries, the most important thing to do is call 911 for help right away.
Personal ID’s – owner, drivers, passengers, witnesses
Photograph – take pictures of the vehicles involved, the accident site and the damage
Police – for emergencies call 911, for Richardson call (972)744-4800, and cooperate fully with the operator, carefully following his or her instructions. When emergency personnel arrive on the scene, comply 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 844-308-8180 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 844-308-8180 for advice on the next steps. Our skilled negotiators and litigators will be able to discuss the details of your situation and guide your claim for optimal results and settlement.
Injuries Resulting from 18 Wheeler Accidents
The size, weight, and payload balance of these vehicles results in some of the most devastating and impactful damage that occurs in roadway accidents. Tractor trailers cause catastrophic collisions, oftenimpactingnumerous vehicles. Injuries and consequences resulting from an 18 wheelercrashes may include:
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 at 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 Richardson, the time to call Lion Law is right now at 844-308-8180. Your experienced and empatheticattorney will guide you through the process of seeking treatment, protect your interests in negotiations with all at-fault parties, and fight ferociously for the compensation you deserve.
After a serious truck wreck you need a true advocate and an exceptional legal counselor 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 Lion on your side.
Texas Statute of Limitationsrestricts 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 is here to help.
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