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If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, RTM Law is here to help. Our experienced California truck accident lawyers have a proven track record of success, winning maximum compensation in millions of dollars for our clients. 


Truck crashes are often more serious than regular car accidents due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved. Serious injuries, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, paralysis, amputation, and even death can result from one. 


Our accident lawyers in California are here to help make sure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and property damage. Talk to our legal team today.

Types of Accidents That Involve Trucks

Truck accidents can lead to a variety of injuries. The damages arising from these crashes are frequently attributed to the following:

  • Rear-End Collisions
  • ✔ Tire Blowouts
  • ✔ Jackknife Accidents
  • ✔ Overloaded Trucks
  • ✔ Rollover Accidents
  • ✔ Braking Failures
  • ✔ Underride Accidents
  • ✔ Cargo Spills
  • ✔ Blind Spot Accidents
  • ✔ Sideswipes
  • ✔ Head-On Collisions
  • ✔ Overturned Cargo
  • ✔ Wide Turns (Squeeze Play)
  • ✔ Accidents Related to Driver Fatigue

Which Types of Trucks Are More Prone to Accidents?

Certain types of trucks are more likely to be involved in a truck accident than others. These include:

  • Tanker Trucks
  • Big Rig Trucks
  • Garbage Trucks
  • Refuse Trucks
  • Semi-Trucks (18-Wheelers)
  • Dump Trucks
  • Box Trucks
  • Flatbed Trucks
  • Tow Trucks
  • Concrete Mixer Trucks
  • Refrigerated Trucks
  • Logging Trucks



Why Work With RTM Law Firm
for Your Truck Accident Claim?

Award-Winning Truck Accident Attorneys

Our team is composed of highly skilled motorcycle accident lawyers who specialize in California’s personal injury law. They bring years of expertise to handle even the most intricate cases with precision.

Client-Centric Approach

At our law firm, we prioritize your unique concerns, tailoring our legal strategies to meet your specific needs. Rest assured, your case will receive the utmost attention and care.

Millions of Dollars in Successful Resolutions

Our California truck accident attorney has a proven track record of securing multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for victims of truck accidents. We provide both peace of mind and financial stability during challenging times.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

It’s important to understand why these truck accidents often happen, as they can often lead to devastating injuries and fatalities. A commercial truck driver’s lack of experience, for example, can be used as evidence after a truck crash and may be used to determine the gravity of fault for the accident. 


The main causes of California truck accidents include:

  • Truck Driver Fatigue
  • Speeding
  • Distracted Driving
  • Weather Conditions
  • Overloaded or Improperly Loaded Trucks
  • Reckless Driving Behavior
  • Lack of Awareness
  • Impaired Driving
  • Inadequate Training
  • Vehicle Maintenance Issues
  • Road Conditions
  • Mechanical Failures
  • Pressure from Employers
  • Medical Conditions

Note that trucks are much larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road, which can lead to more catastrophic incidents. For this reason, the value of potential financial settlements stemming from truck crashes is typically much higher than those of cars. It’s important to seek experienced legal representation if you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle.



Truck Accident Injuries: Who Are Liable?

In truck accidents in California, liability can extend to various parties depending on the circumstances. Here’s a breakdown of who may be liable:

Truck Driver

The truck driver may be liable if their negligence, such as speeding, distracted driving, or driving under the influence, contributed to the accident.

Trucking Company

The company that employs the truck driver can be held liable if they were negligent in hiring, training, or supervising the driver, or if they failed to properly maintain the truck.

Truck Owner

If the truck is owned by a party other than the driver or the trucking company (e.g., a leasing company), they may share liability if the accident resulted from the truck’s mechanical failure or improper maintenance.

Cargo Loaders

If the accident was caused by an improperly loaded or unsecured cargo, the company or individuals responsible for loading the cargo may be held liable.


If a defect in the truck or its components contributed to the accident, the manufacturer of the defective part or the truck itself may be liable.

Government Entities

In cases involving poor road conditions, inadequate signage, or other issues related to road maintenance, government entities responsible for the road may share liability.

Other Drivers

In some cases, other drivers on the road who acted negligently and contributed to the accident may also be liable.

Determining liability in a truck accident can be complex, and it often involves a thorough investigation and legal expertise. It’s not uncommon for multiple parties to share liability to varying degrees. The specific details of the accident, as well as applicable state and federal laws, will influence the assignment of liability.



California Truck Accident Statistics

In 2023, California grappled with a concerning total of 5,782 commercial truck accidents, encompassing delivery trucks, tractor-trailers, and buses. The repercussions of these accidents were profound, as they resulted in over 4,800 injuries and tragically claimed 321 lives. 


A significant portion of these incidents can be attributed to avoidable factors. Speeding emerged as a leading cause, contributing to 28% of commercial truck crashes, highlighting the critical need for vigilance and adherence to speed limits on the state’s roadways. Distracted driving played a role in 16% of these accidents, while impaired driving was responsible for 9% of cases.

The geographical distribution of these accidents also sheds light on the influence of location. Factors such as population density, traffic patterns, and highway design appear to be contributing factors. 


Los Angeles County bore the brunt of these accidents with a staggering 1,423 reported cases, emphasizing the unique challenges posed by urban settings. San Bernardino County followed closely with 816 accidents, revealing the need for comprehensive safety measures in regions with high traffic volumes

Remember that each personal injury case is unique, and the process may vary based on the specific circumstances of your motorcycle accident. Consulting with a skilled California truck accident lawyer is crucial to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.

Important Truck Laws in California

California has specific laws and regulations governing truck accidents to ensure road safety and protect the rights of those involved.

Here are key aspects of California law related to truck accidents:

Commercial Driver Licensing (CDL)

Professional truck drivers in California must hold a CDL to operate commercial vehicles. This includes rigorous testing and training to ensure drivers are qualified to handle large trucks.

Hours-of-Service Regulations

California adheres to federal hours-of-service regulations that limit the number of hours a truck driver can operate a vehicle without rest. These regulations are designed to prevent driver fatigue.

Comparative Fault

California follows a comparative fault system, meaning that even if the injured party (or their vehicle) bears some responsibility for the accident, they can still recover damages. However, their compensation may be reduced based on their level of fault.

Truck Inspection and Maintenance

Trucking companies and truck owners are required to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to ensure they are safe for the road. Failure to do so can result in liability if a mechanical failure contributes to an accident.

Cargo Securement

Regulations dictate how cargo must be loaded and secured on trucks. Improperly loaded or unsecured cargo can lead to accidents, and those responsible for loading the cargo may be liable.

Government Liability

In cases where poor road conditions or inadequate signage contributed to the accident, government entities responsible for road maintenance may share liability.

Strict Liability for Hazardous Materials

California imposes strict liability on carriers of hazardous materials. This means that carriers can be held liable for accidents involving hazardous materials, even if they were not at fault.

Reporting Requirements

Truck accidents that lead to injury, death, or significant property damage must be reported to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within a specified time frame.



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Ramin Amindari
I recently had the pleasure of working with Ramin and RTM LAW for my traffic accident case, and I must say that I am beyond impressed with their exceptional skills, professionalism, and dedication. Their expertise in handling my case was nothing short of remarkable. From the very beginning, they patiently listened to my concerns, thoroughly assessed the details of my case, and provided me with clear and honest guidance throughout the entire process. All my injuries were addressed and taken care of promptly and professionally. They were incredibly responsive addressing all of my questions and concerns. I never felt left in the dark, as they kept me informed about every step and development. Their personalized approach made me feel like more than just a client; Rina was basically my personal assistant and would answer my call or email at anytime of the day when any minor or major question and issue arose. I felt supported and understood throughout the entire process. Ramin and RTM Law are outstanding attorneys who go above and beyond for their clients. Their expertise, professionalism, and dedication make them a true asset. If you find yourself in an auto collision and need a personal injury attorney, I wholeheartedly recommend reaching out to Ramin and RTM Law because they will provide you with the highest level of legal representation, support, and guidance.

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California Truck Accident Lawyer: FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about our personal injury law firm in California.

What should I do immediately after a truck crash in California?

After ensuring your safety and seeking medical attention, gather evidence from the scene, such as photographs and witness contact information. You should also report the accident to the police. It is beneficial to consult with an attorney who specializes in truck accidents before speaking to an insurance provider.

How is fault determined in a truck accident in California?

Determining fault in a truck collision can be complex due to the potential involvement of multiple parties, including the commercial truck driver, the trucking company, or even the vehicle manufacturer. Evidence such as police reports, eyewitness accounts, and expert testimonies can be used to establish fault in a truck accident injury case.

How is a commercial truck accident case different from an auto accident?

Commercial truck accidents can be more complex due to the size and weight of the vehicles, the potential severity of the injuries, the involvement of multiple parties, and the various regulations that apply to commercial trucks. Commercial trucking companies often have legal teams dedicated to minimizing their liability in accident cases.

Can the truck company be held liable for a commercial truck accident?

Yes, it can potentially be held liable for a commercial accident, especially if it can be proven that they were negligent in their hiring practices, failed to properly maintain the truck, or encouraged unsafe driving practices like exceeding the legally allowed hours of service. With that said, you must work with an experienced truck accident law firm that understands the intricacies of commercial truck accident cases to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable.

I got into a semi-truck accident that led to serious injuries and cargo losses. What can a California truck accident attorney do?

If you were in an accident with a large commercial truck, the best thing you can do is consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the complexities of trucking law and has the resources needed to handle these types of cases. Your accident attorney can help investigate the cause of your collision and ensure that all responsible parties are held accountable for their negligence. Also recoverable are damages for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other costs related to the accident.

What types of compensation can I recover in a truck accident lawsuit in California?

Compensation in a truck accident lawsuit can include economic damages (such as medical expenses and lost wages), non-economic damages (like pain and suffering), and in some cases, punitive damages. The exact amount will depend on the specifics of your case.

How long do truck accident victims have to file a personal injury claim in California?

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in California, including large truck accidents, is generally two years from the accident date. If a government entity is involved, you only have six months to file a claim. Speak with a truck accident lawyer to understand the specific deadlines for your case.

I want to speak with a truck accident lawyer. What should I ask first?

When you speak with a truck accident lawyer, the most important thing to ask is what experience they have handling cases like yours. It’s also important to inquire about their approach to your case and any potential strategies they may use. You should also ask about fees and payment plans so you understand how much their services will cost. RTM Law offers a contingency fee, so you know there are no upfront costs for our services.

We Help Accident Victims File a Personal Injury Claim in California

Our California personal injury attorneys handle a wide range of personal injury claims in several areas, including:

✔ Anaheim, CA
✔ Bakersfield, CA

✔ Buena Park, CA
✔ Chula Vista, CA
✔ Compton, CA
✔ Costa Mesa, CA
✔ Dana Point, CA
✔ Fountain Valley, CA
✔ Glendale, CA
✔ Huntington Beach, CA
✔ Inglewood, CA

✔ Irvine, CA
✔ Laguna Beach, CA

✔ Laguna Hills, CA
✔ Laguna Niguel, CA
✔ Long Beach, CA
✔ Los Angeles, CA
✔ Mission Viejo, CA
✔ Newport Beach, CA
✔ Orange County, CA
✔ Pasadena, CA
✔ Riverside, CA

✔ San Bernardino, CA
✔ San Clemente, CA

✔ San Diego, CA
✔ San Juan Capistrano, CA
✔ Santa Ana, CA
✔ Seal Beach, CA
✔ Torrance, CA
✔ Tustin, CA
✔ Visalia, CA

✔ Vista, CA
✔ Westminster, CA

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RTM Law has been a steadfast advocate for numerous victims of both private and commercial truck accidents throughout California. Allow our commercial truck accident attorneys to be your support, ensuring your medical expenses are taken care of and your rightful damages are reclaimed. 


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