Truck accidents can be devastating for those involved. The vehicles’ bulky nature, low visibility, and wide turns often cause complications for both the truck drivers themselves and the drivers with whom they share the road. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries as a result of a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

The San Francisco personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw are prepared to help you fight for justice as you seek reimbursement for injuries caused by a truck accident. Since 2002, our top-rated team of attorneys has been taking on and winning various settlements and awards for truck accident cases. We are ready to bring the same hard work and dedication to your case. You shouldn’t have to bear the medical expenses for healing your injuries when the crash wasn’t your fault.

If you are ready to take the next step in pursuing the restitution you deserve, call OnderLaw today. We’ll schedule a complimentary case evaluation and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

Truck accidents can be difficult, as they often involve commercial vehicles that bring with them a variety of regulations that don’t apply to passenger vehicles. Sorting through commercial regulations, local laws, and federal legislation surrounding truck accidents can be an overwhelming task. When you hire an OnderLaw attorney, you can leave the laws and regulations to us. Our attorneys’ attention to detail will streamline the process and save you time and effort while we build your truck accident case.

When you choose OnderLaw, you’re choosing an impressive range of resources. From time-tested strategies to a network of legal connections across the Bay Area, OnderLaw works to provide each client with only the best legal counsel.

In each case that we take on, our firm is dedicated to managing all communication for our clients. Rather than leave you to deal with insurance companies and discuss the accident with other parties, our attorneys handle all communication on your behalf so that you can avoid accidental admission of guilt. With OnderLaw managing every detail, you can focus on getting back to your family and career as we build your truck accident case.

Why Choose OnderLaw?

Aside from the millions of dollars in settlements and favorable court outcomes OnderLaw has achieved over the last 19 years, we’ve received recognition from many outside sources for our success, both in and out of the courtroom. OnderLaw is rated a 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale-Hubbell Peer and Client Review Ratings and has been invited into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, of which fewer than 1% of United States lawyers are members.

James G. Onder, our founding attorney, has been fighting for justice in personal injury cases since receiving his Juris Doctorate from the St. Louis University School of Law in 1988. Onder, having been admitted to the bar in both Missouri and Illinois, has reached over $2.7 billion in settlements and verdicts. Onder’s legal prowess and dedication to each case have led to his tremendous success over the course of his career.

Another of our attorneys, Breanna L. Hunt, has been serving victims of trucking accidents since joining OnderLaw in 2020. Hunt, a graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Law, works to protect the rights of personal injury victims. Her skill and knowledge have made her a valuable member of the OnderLaw team.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. These behemoths move across our roads delivering goods and materials constantly. Any vehicle that sees that much use can be expected to be involved in an accident at some point. Why do these accidents occur? A few common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Weather conditions
  • Defective parts
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving
  • Cell phone use while driving
  • Roadside construction
  • Aggressive driving
  • Improper cargo loading

Types of Truck Accidents

As you might expect, there are many types of accidents that large trucks can cause or be involved in. Such accidents may include:

  • Rollover accidents
  • T-bone accidents
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Single-vehicle accidents
  • Multiple-vehicle accidents
  • Sideswipe accidents
  • Blindspot accidents

Truck Accident Injuries

Victims of truck accidents are likely to be injured more severely than occupants of vehicles that collide with other passenger vehicles. The size and weight of a loaded 18-wheeler lend additional devastation to any crash the truck is involved in. Truck accident injuries may include:

  • Concussion
  • Contusions
  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Organ damage
  • Whiplash
  • Brain damage

Compensation for a Truck Accident Claim

All accidents are different, and the diverse circumstances of each crash and the resulting injuries will make a difference in the value of the compensation you may be entitled to. Your lawyer from OnderLaw can discuss the particulars of your case with you and explain which losses you’ve incurred that may be eligible for compensation.

  • Economic damages. As their name suggests, these damages are often measured in financial terms. They may include the cost of any repairs to your property, any medical costs, and any loss or future loss of wages or income. To keep track of economic damages, document all repair costs, medical records, and timecards or paystubs.
  • Non-economic damages. These are the intangible costs of suffering that you experience as a result of a truck accident. Examples of these damages may include loss of companionship, loss of mobility, loss of enjoyment of life, or emotional trauma. To help quantify your non-economic damages, keep a journal of how your injuries impact your daily life, what it’s like to live with the injuries, and your state of mind. Such a journal may be persuasive evidence for a jury if your case goes to trial.

Proving Negligence in California

In order for you to obtain compensation, you will need to prove that someone else was responsible for the accident and your subsequent injuries. The responsible party can be held liable for your losses, provided you can prove their actions were negligent. When a party engages in intentional reckless behavior or unintentional hazardous behavior, and their actions create a situation in which someone else is injured, their actions can be found to be negligent.

Once you’ve proven that someone else was liable for your injuries, then California’s pure comparative negligence statute comes into play. In California, if you are found to be partly liable for the accident, the compensation you may be entitled to is reduced by the percentage of your fault.

This means that even if it is determined that you are entitled to $50,000 in compensation, but you are found liable for 20% of the truck accident, you will only be allowed to obtain $40,000 in compensation.

Statute of Limitations in California

To give your case the best chance of being heard in court, it’s important to observe state guidelines for filing a lawsuit. California’s statutes of limitation provide the following timelines for filing personal injury and property damage lawsuits.

  • If you’re seeking compensation for injuries, you have a two-year period from the date of the accident in which to file a lawsuit.
  • To file a lawsuit for property damages only, California has a three-year statutory deadline from the date of the accident.
  • If you have been injured or sustained property damage in a truck accident involving a government agency or employee, you have a period of six months from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.

Truck Accident Statistics

The Federal Motor Carrier Association reports that nationwide, 5,096 buses and large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in 2018.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 6,963 truck drivers were involved in fatal crashes in California in 2017.


Truck accidents can be confusing. If you have questions regarding a truck accident you were involved in, you may find the answer below. These are questions our clients often have about their accidents.

How much does it cost to hire one of your attorneys?

At OnderLaw, we believe in providing equal access to excellent legal counsel, regardless of a client’s financial means. Because of this, our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not be charged for any legal services until we have reached a favorable outcome for you. An agreed-upon fee is subtracted from your final settlement or verdict so that you can pursue compensation without being overwhelmed by financial stress.

What if I’m partially liable?

Because the state of California is a pure comparative negligence state, you will only be held liable to the same degree to which you’re found negligent. This means that even if you are found to be 95% at fault, you may still be entitled to reimbursement for the 5% of the damages for which you were not deemed to be at fault.

How much is my truck accident case worth?

How much compensation you’re entitled to depends on several factors and varies from one case to the next. Contact an attorney from OnderLaw to discuss your situation and to get a straightforward assessment of what kind of compensation you might expect for the losses you incurred because of the truck accident.

How can I access my crash report?

Crash reports, in most cases, become available within ten days of the accident. To receive your crash report, visit the California Highway Patrol website.

Call OnderLaw Today

Building a truck accident case is no easy process. The injuries and property damages such accidents cause can be overwhelming to deal with on your own. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Don’t hesitate to seek the justice you deserve. Call OnderLaw today to schedule a free case evaluation and to begin seeking restitution today.