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West Texas Truck Accident & Oil Field Injury Lawyer

Jason Stephens, the founder of Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, is an accomplished personal injury attorney who has been advocating on behalf of accident victims in West Texas for more than 22 years. Stephens Law knows how devastating a truck accident or oil field injury can be, and strive to help clients secure meaningful compensation when they need it most.

Empathy and compassion are the cornerstones of Stephens Law Firm, PLLC. Jason Stephens appreciates that his clients are real people who have experienced life-changing events. His drive to help you is about more than just getting money. Jason Stephens strives to be a Difference Maker in his clients’ lives in any way that he can.

Jason Stephens will put the firm’s unquestionable dedication, vast resources, and unparalleled experience to work to benefit you. All you have to do is pick up the phone or reach out online to schedule a free initial case assessment. A West Texas truck accident and oil field injury lawyer will gladly review your case, answer your questions, and help guide you as you figure out what’s next.

Proven Experience

$100+ Million recovered for clients

Actual dollars paid to clients after deducting attorney fees and expenses.

$24,400,000

VERDICT & SETTLEMENT

$10,000,000

SETTLEMENT

$9,349,973

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$5,829,487

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$5,622,850

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$4,501,688

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$4,200,000

VERDICT

$3,960,000

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$3,345,853

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Why Choose Stephens Law Firm, PLLC

You Can Benefit From 22 Years of Experience

Nationally-Recognized, Award-Winning Attorney On Your Side

A Force to Be Reckoned With in the Courtroom

An unexpected accident can change the course of your life forever. It can take the people you love from you far too soon. You deserve to be fully compensated for every ounce of your pain, suffering, and financial struggles. You can put yourself in the best position to do that by enlisting the help of an experienced West Texas personal injury lawyer.

Jason Stephens has been fighting on behalf of injury victims for more than 22 years. As a result, he’s developed a keen insight into the laws and rules that will affect your case. He’s developed and honed strategies that work. He has experience going toe-to-toe with tough adversaries  – and winning. He draws on those two-plus decades of experience every single day. 

Jason Stephens’s dedication, drive, and passion haven’t gone unnoticed. Jason Stephens has received national attention and recognition for his phenomenal results, including:

  • Best Lawyers in America® by BL Attorneys (2016—present)
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers Association (2011—present)
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in all of Dallas/Fort Worth by Thomas Reuters (2017, 2018)
  • Texas Super Lawyer® by Thomson Reuters (2004—present)
  • Top Fort Worth Lawyers in Personal Injury by Fort Worth, Texas magazine (2003—present)
  • Perfect 10.0 AVVO Rating (highest rating)
  • AV® Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating) 
  • Lifetime member of the Multi-Million-Dollar Advocates Forum®, and
  • Selected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.

When you choose Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, you can rest assured that your case is in competent and experienced hands.

Jason Stephens never takes the threat of going to court off the table. Why? Because he knows that just the threat of a trial can motivate insurance companies and at-fault parties to offer a fair settlement. 

Jason Stephens, known as a fierce advocate in the courtroom, has been recognized for winning some of the highest jury verdicts in state and national history. His results and reputation can be a huge asset to you as you pursue compensation of your own.

Truck Accidents, Car Accidents On the Rise

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Thanks to West Texas Oil Boom

There’s no doubt about it – the oil industry has taken off in West Texas. The Permian Basin, a stretch of land covering more than 75,000 square miles in Texas and New Mexico, yields more than 3.9 million barrels of oil every day. That’s one-third of all of the oil produced in the United States.

This oil boom has had a massive impact on transportation in and around cities in the Permian Basin, including Midland, Odessa, and Pecos. Thousands of oilfield workers drive into the area to drill and extract on a daily basis. Fleets of trucks line the roads every day as they transport the crude oil to refineries, and then double back to refill and do the journey again.

As a result, West Texas has seen a surge in trucking accidents and car accidents in recent years. Since 2016, crashes in the Permian Basin have increased by 67 percent. Commercial motor vehicle accidents have increased by a staggering 160 percent in that same period of time.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 49,410 traffic accidents in the Permian Basin in 2017. Only one oil shale – the Barnett Shale – saw more crashes. Those accidents in the Permian basin caused 1,321 serious injuries and 485 deaths.

Statistics show that fatal traffic accidents in the Permian Basin are a serious concern. Only 7 percent of the state’s population lives there. However, 13 percent of all fatal crashes in the state of Texas occur on roads there. And, fatal crashes there appear to be happening more frequently. In fact, fatalities in the Permian Basin have increased by 97 percent in recent years.

That might be why Route 285 – a Texas highway that runs through the Permian Basin – has been nicknamed the Death Highway. In 2017, 93 people were killed in truck accidents US 285. That represents a 43 percent increase in fatal crashes on the highway over a five year period. The Permian Basin oil boom and the drastic increase in fatal accidents go hand-in-hand.

Client Reviews

Our daughter was taken from us tragically. I knew I needed to hire an attorney but didn’t know where to turn. I prayed for help to find an attorney that would be the right person for us. Finding Jason and his staff (Tracy) were like finding a needle in the haystack. They handled our case very professionally and we had great communication with them. Very compassionate and caring firm. If I could give 10 plus stars, I would. We highly recommend Stephens Law Firm.

Karen Ellis

Jason represented us after my wife was in a terrible auto accident. Jason came to San Antonio the morning after my call with him, and he was very empathetic given the grave injuries suffered by my wife. He was extremely thorough gathering evidence and testimony. He was relentless in successfully pursuing his strategy. The results of his work has enabled me to provide top notch medical care for my wife for the ensuing 14 (and counting) years. It is totally appropriate and not at all surprising that Jason has been voted a Top Attorney in Texas year after year.

Patrick McClure

I met Jason and Tracy while looking for Legal Representation. If it wasn’t for the excellent attention to detail provided by Tracy and Jason, the outcome would not have been as great as it was. This Firm also provided the empathy and understanding I needed while recovering by checking in on me as “Part of the Family”, not just as my Attorney.

Dave Powell

I am extremely pleased with Mr. Jason Stephens legal representation. Both Jason and Tracy are compassionate and patient in walking you through the entire process. Although my case was difficult, Mr. Stephens and his staff worked above and beyond to settle my case and compensate me for my auto accident injuries. Thank you all for time and effort.

Marisela Perez

Jason Stephens and his team are down to earth professionals. They completely redefined what a personal injury attorney was in my eyes. They approach tough legal situations with the mindset that it does not have to be a mean, rude, nor an evil process. They were calm and professional in representing us and that in itself helped us stay emotionally stable in what was a very tough time. When it came time to step to the plate and push, Jason did just that and represented us very well. Communication was A+ and we were lucky to have hired him.

Joe Chou

Phenomenal personal injury lawyer with morals. He works hard for his clients and really knows the law. I consider myself blessed to be introduced to him. I can’t imagine anyone else better than him.

Michael N.

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Handling All West Texas Oil Field and Trucking Accident Cases

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Experienced Attorney With A Proven Track Record Of Success

Stephens Law Firm, PLLC understands that any unexpected accident can change the course of your life forever. It can cause permanent physical, emotional, and financial harm. Stephens Law Firm, PLLC will stand by your side and help you demand compensation from anyone who contributed to or caused you to get hurt. Attorney Jason Stephens represents clients who have been injured in all types of oil field and trucking accidents in West Texas, including:

  • Pipeline explosions
  • Drilling rig accidents
  • Blowouts during drilling operations
  • Tank battery accidents
  • Compressor accidents
  • Equipment malfunctions and failures
  • Workover rig accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Fires
  • Gas explosions
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Silica exposure
  • Oil and gas industry-related car accidents and trucking accidents
  • Wrongful death, and more.

After your accident, it is important to reach out to a West Texas personal injury lawyer for help immediately. A prompt and thorough investigation can be critical if you want to recover the compensation you deserve. Attorney Jason Stephens can begin to dig into the circumstances surrounding your oil field or trucking accident immediately. All you have to do is give Stephens Law a call to get started today.

Why is the permian basin so dangerous?

The Permian Basin isn’t just dangerous because its roads are busier than ever. The Permian Basin is dangerous because jobs in the oil field industry are among the most dangerous. Between 2008 and 2017, 1,566 oil field workers were killed while attempting to extract gas or oil in the United States. During that same stretch of time, roughly the same number of American troops died in Afghanistan. In reality, working in the oil field industry is just as dangerous as going to war.

Just because an industry is dangerous doesn’t mean that workers should get hurt and die on the job. Employers in West Texas have a responsibility to provide workers with necessary safety equipment and make sure that they take any steps necessary to make working conditions as safe as possible. However, this doesn’t always happen. Instead, oil companies:

  • Hire inexperienced truck drivers and oil field workers
  • Fail to train and monitor their workers properly
  • Fail to inspect worksites for hazards and dangers to employees
  • Don’t have necessary emergency supplies on hand
  • Overwork employees, causing them to become fatigued and distracted
  • Cut safety corners to save costs and increase profits
  • Fail to expend necessary resources to keep workers safe, and
  • Ignore Texas state and federal safety guidelines.

These are all common causes of oil field and trucking accidents in West Texas. If an employer demands too much from an employee or puts too much pressure on them, accidents are inevitable. This is certainly true when employees aren’t given the tools they need to get the job done in the safest way possible.

Compensation May Be Available For Your West Texas Oil Field Accident Injuries

Workers’ Compensation

Personal Injury Lawsuit

While not all employers in Texas are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, many do. That’s because workers’ compensation is a no-fault policy. Injured employees (or their families) can recover monetary benefits regardless of who is responsible for their workplace accident or injury without having to sue their employer. In fact, absent egregious violations or misconduct, employers are generally immune from being sued if they have workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

If you were injured on-the-job in West Texas in an oil field or trucking accident and your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, you could potentially recover money for:

  • Medical bills
  • Impairment benefits
  • Temporary and lifetime income benefits, and
  • Supplemental benefits.

If a loved one was killed in an oilfield accident or trucking accident in West Texas, a workers’ compensation policy can also provide death benefits.

You might also be able to file a lawsuit if (a) your employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance or (b) someone other than your employer caused you to get hurt. When you file a lawsuit, you must prove that someone was negligent or that they’re strictly liable for your injuries under Texas state law.

Parties that might be liable for your injuries could include employers, property owners, oil and gas companies, trucking companies, manufacturers, and other motorists on the road.

When you file a lawsuit, you can secure more benefits than are available under workers’ compensation, including money for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Disfigurement
  • Property damage, and more.

Attorney Jason Stephens will carefully scrutinize your accident, determine why it happened and figure out who is likely to blame. Then he can identify all potential routes for recovering a financial award on your behalf.

West Texas Practice Areas

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Car Accidents: Following a car accident in West Texas, insurance companies will make recovering compensation incredibly difficult. These companies rely on manipulative tactics and, if not challenged, bad faith practices to minimize payouts and increase profits. Jason Stephens is an experienced West Texas car accident lawyer who knows how to keep these scrupulous companies in check and force them to take his clients seriously. Stephens Law will fight tirelessly to make them offer you a fair payout and, if they don’t, he’ll bring your case to a jury.

Truck AccidentsTrucking accidents are happening more and more frequently in West Texas. Sadly, these accidents tend to cause some of the most catastrophic and traumatic injuries. They also tend to be fatal more often than other types of motor vehicle collisions. When you are involved in an 18-wheeler accident, several parties could be liable for your injuries. However, that can complicate things. Everyone will point fingers – even at you. A West Texas truck accident lawyer will work tirelessly to identify all responsible parties and hold them each accountable.

Oil and Gas Field Accidents: Oil field and gas workers who are involved in an accident can sustain injuries that change the course of their lives forever. Many will never be able to return to work in the same capacity. Others, not at all. An oilfield accident attorney will investigate, bring in experts, and craft a dynamic argument with one goal in mind – to help you recover a substantial monetary award that can make a difference in your life for years to come.

You Have a Limited Amount of Time to Assert Your Rights

While you may be entitled to a monetary benefits or a financial award, you will not have an unlimited amount of time to demand them. How long you’ll have to file a claim will depend on how you decide to pursue compensation.

For workers’ compensation benefits, you must notify your employer within 30 days of the accident. Then you will have up to one year to file a claim and request benefits under their insurance policy.

For personal injury lawsuits, the statute of limitations is typically two years from the date of your injury.

Keep in mind that you will lose the right to recover compensation and hold at-fault parties responsible if you do not file your claim on time. For this reason, it is critical to speak with an experienced West Texas personal injury lawyer as soon as you can after you get hurt. Stephens Law Firm, PLLC can begin to investigate and build a case on your behalf as soon as you ask for help.

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West Texas has become one of the most dangerous places to work, live, and travel through in the nation. Workers and their families are finding that a truck accident or oil field accident can be financially, emotionally, and physically devastating. Fortunately, financial compensation might be available.

Stephens Law Firm, PLLC will help you navigate this challenging time. Attorney Jason Stephens will handle your legal claim for damages from start to finish. Jason Stephens has more than 22 years of experience representing injury victims and helping them secure life-changing financial awards. Give a West Texas injury lawyer a call today to arrange a free consultation and find out how Stephens Law might be able to help you, too.