Truck Accident Lawyers

Dallas Truck Accident Lawyer

Thompson Law has the experience, expertise, and tenacity to stand up to big companies and collect your rightful compensation.

Of the 255,136 truck accidents that took place in Texas last year, urban settings like Dallas fared the worst with 53% of the serious injury crashes and 70% of these truck wrecks overall. Any type of motor vehicle accident has the potential to be utterly devastating, but collisions with large trucks, buses, tankers, vans and other larger automobiles can cause particularly severe injury and damage. The magnitude of these accidents can result in additional challenges through the process of gaining your rightful determination and settlement. Trucking companies have legal and insurance resources at their fingertips that individuals simply do not, not to mention a wealth of experience protecting their interests in the aftermath of accidents.  

As a victim of a serious truck wreck, working to heal your injuries and put your life back together can be a fulltime job. You may find that you need the help of a specialized accident attorney to take care of your claim, while you take care of yourself and your loved ones. Thompson Law has the experience, expertise, and tenacity to stand up to big companies and collect your rightful compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact 469-209-8165 Lion Law today for the help you need, and the recompense you deserve. 

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Truck Crashes

Causes 

Trucks can be notoriously dangerous on the road. Their handling ability, cargo distribution, payload size and weight alone make them exceedingly precarious when they are not being operated with the driver’s full attention and uncompromised ability.  

Despite what we know about the damage these vehicles can cause when things go wrong, modern expectations of truck drivers’ performance is extremely demanding, forcing the owner-operators and employees to take risks and cut corners in order to meet tight timetables and travel as much mileage as they possibly can. Individuals driving personal vehicle trucks sometimes make risky or negligent choices too, in the way that they load their trucks or in the items they decide to haul.  

  • Road time limits: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates Hours of Service that truck drivers may be on the road. The mandated limits they require may surprise you, including a stipulation that property carrying drivers are only required to take a break after their 14th consecutive hour of driving 
  • Mechanical: Prior to the requirement for anti-lock brakes, starting in 1997, they were a main cause of jackknifing accidents for tractor trailer vehicles. 
  • Dangerous Road Conditions: Inclement weather, icy roads, and low visibility are all complicating factors for every vehicle, but most of all with semis, which require much longer amounts of time to stop or change course 
  • Compromised visibility: Truck size and load can result in blind spots for the driver, or block full visibility of the surrounding cars.  
  • Driver Fatigue: Limited or off-cycle sleep opportunities, nearly always after long hours, and grueling onload/offload tasks contribute to physically and mentally tired drivers 
  • Cargo issues: Overweight, unbalanced, improperly loaded cargo can lead to leaks, spills, or handling difficulties

Truck Fast Facts 

  • Pickup trucks are the most popular vehicle sold in Texas, and the Ford F-150 is the most popular model. 
  • The conventional 18 Wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, nearly 20 times as much as an average car on the road. 
  • From 2015 to 2017, trucks in the weight class of 33,000lbs and above accounted for 71-78% of fatal truck crashes nationwide.
  • In that same period, there were 428 fatal large truck crashes involving hazardous materials cargo. That averages to 142 of these types of crashes per year. Texas contributed 9.3% of the fatal tractor trailer collisions that occurred in the US in 2017, with 433 of the 4657 total accidents. 
  • In the 2017-2018 school year, there were 2,211 school buses and 22,761 students involved in accidents, resulting in 650 injuries. 
  • The US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) most recent statistics report that there are 2,746,882 semi trailers and 8,456,30 straight trucks in the US. 
  • American Trucking Association (ATA) released its 2018 revenue report for the industry, showing nearly $100 billion in growth over the prior year, for a total of $796.7 billion. 

What the Trucking Companies Don’t Want you to Know  

In a nearly $800 billion dollar industry, the resources at the disposal of the largest companies are almost limitless. Despite this overwhelming revenue, the trucking and transportation employers also experiences a notoriously high turnover rate in employee drivers, in recent years this rate has risen to 136%. The industry’s revolving door can drain resources for appropriately vetting and training drivers, leading to negligent or poor drivers continuing to gain new employment or prolonging their tenure at companies already struggling with staffing after turnover loss. 

Additionally, there are approximately 400,000 owner-operator truck drivers in the United States, and on average they operate vehicles that are over ten years old. When you have been hit by one of these individuals it can be difficult to determine who the actual at-fault parties are, as well as the sources of liability in your case. Despite an accident that involves one driver, there may be negligence and poor practice on an organizational level of the driver’s contracting company, which also contributed to the dangerous circumstances leading to your event.  

The expert legal team at Thompson Law will do the work for you, ensuring that all individuals and entities responsible for the accident you suffered are held accountable.  

What To Do After an Auto Accident

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If there are serious injuries at the scene, the first and foremost priority is to call 911 for emergency medical help. Emergency professionals such as EMS, police and firefighters will direct the next steps to ensure the safety of people and property at the location. 

Recording events of the accident is extremely important. Providing your Thompson Law team with the best information possible as they represent you in your claim will make all the difference in optimizing your settlement results. Take pictures, take down identification information such as ID’splates, insurance policies, and contact information, and cooperate fully with emergency responders to make sure complete and accurate reports of the incident are generated and appropriately distributed.  

Do not make a statement to any representatives from insurance companies or representatives of the others involved. Do not apologize to anyone involved in the crash, because even as a figure of speech this can be construed as an admission of guilt.  

Leave the scene carefully as instructed by emergency professionals. As soon as you safely can, call Lion Law at  469-209-8165  for assistance. Our exceptional team will discuss the specific circumstances of your accident with you, and they will communicate the next steps toward your rightful repair and recovery. 

As your representative, we will utilize all our available resources to vigorously pursue the compensation you deserve. Our experience, technology, and highly trained legal team contribute to our exceptional efficiency in resolving accident cases. The partners at Thompson Law have obtained cash awards for their clients in verdicts and settlements, and have helped thousands of other injured people just like you.

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After the Truck Accident

Truck Accident Injuries 

The power and size of these vehicles result in some of the most devastating and impactful damage that occurs in roadway accidents. Larger size vehicles can cause more damaging, catastrophic collisions, and involve multiple vehicles. Common injuries from truck wrecks may be: 

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

The most important thing you can do following a serious truck accident is take care of yourself. At Lion Law, our wish is for every client to recover as fully as possible and receive the best compensation possible. Please reach out anytime 24/7 at  469-209-8165  and grant us the opportunity to help you and yours after the accident.   

Ryan The Lion’s Guarantee

Ryan receives no attorney fee and you pay no legal expenses as his client unless he gets you paid! Ryan’s firm hasover 350 years combined experience in legal representation, and has won over$1.8 billion dollars in cash settlements for his clients. He has mastered the art of managing clients cases with empathy, compassion, respect, and of course prodigious skill. Reach out today for a free, no-risk consultation to discuss your accident and your options.  

State law limits the time that you have to file a claim following a car accident. If you’ve been hurt in a wreck, call now for the help you need.