Truck Accidents

California Truck Accident Lawyer

Driving on a California freeway usually means sharing the road with semi-trucks and 18 wheelers.

It is no different than entering a boxing ring against a taller, heavier opponent. Truck accidents often occur, causing thousands of injuries and deaths every year. If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a Semi-truck you may be entitled to compensation.

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Large trucks pose numerous hazards when they operate on California’s many roads and highways. For example.

  • Reckless Driving and Speeding (combined with heavy cargo trailer)
  • Driving to closely ( Big Rigs take 40% more time to stop than a passanger vehicle)
  • Improper Turning as well as wide turns
  • Driver Fatigue ( There are legal limits related to the number of hours a commercial driver may operate without rest)
  • Driving While Impaired (DWI) ( drugs or alcohol)
  • Parking on the Shoulder or improper spots
  • Violating Any other Commercial Motor Vehicle Laws
  • Stopping at Not stopping at Railroad Grade Crossings
  • Overloading/Improper Loading of Cargo (this can cause semis to roll over or jackknife)

They have large Blind Spots called “no zones” located to the read, sides and front of the semi. This means a Driver can be completely unaware of a smaller vehicle traveling a few feet from its trailer. When a Big Rig makes a improper lane change and fails to see a car due to a blind spot, and fatal accidents can occur.

According to the NHTSA, the following categories of moving violations committed by drivers of commercial motor vehicles are the leading causes of potentially deadly truck accidents:

Another cause of big rig crashes is driver fatigue. There are legal limits related to the number of hours a commercial driver may operate without rest, but some drivers feel pressure from their employers to transport cargo to its destination under tight deadlines. Truck drivers are also paid by the mile, not by the hour, which could lead to drivers pushing themselves beyond their physical and mental limits, putting themselves and other motorists at risk. When truck drivers and the companies they work for companies neglect driver fatigue regulations to make more money, it is a large accident waiting to happen

According to the IIHS most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. Semi trucks or 18 wheelers often weight 20-30X more than a passenger car and have a much higher ground clearance, with a much slower braking capability. Now considering that 9 percent of all miles driven in the USA  are commercial vehicles, one can understand why this is a major problem for drivers in the USA.

There are many variables that come into play after you have been involved in a commercial vehicle accident. Determining who is at fault for the accident, what is reasonable compensation and which insurance company to go after will all greatly affect the outcome of your case. The Truck Driver’s comercial insurance company will certainly have an experience attorney fighting against you, which is why you need an experience and skilled Truck Accident Attorney on your side as well. Torrey Pacific Law has the experience and skill to take on complex cases and win maximum compensation for our clients who have been involved in commercial truck crash.

After receiving medical care, the next important step is to secure your rights with an experienced truck accident attorney. Time will be an important factor in determining the value of your case. With our experienced legal representation, you will be able to navigate the circumstances in your devastating Truck accident and ensure that your rights are upheld if you do decide to file a truck accident case.


If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a big rig crash in California, it is important to contact an experienced California truck accident attorney to represent your best interests and seek justice.

Litigating against trucking companies and their insurance carriers can be a battle and often times a complex process . It is imperative that you choose your legal counsel wisely, as a truck accident lawsuit can involve several jurisdictions and choice of law issues.


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California is home to a very large and complex market for freight movement, which consists of large commercial big rigs traversing the many highways as they transport goods.

Southern California is the second largest metropolitan area in the country. The Los Angeles Metropolitan region, consists of six counties (Los Angeles, Imperial , Orange, San Bernardino Riverside, and Ventura counties) and is home to roughly 17 million people. The highways in this region, especially Interstate 5 and Interstate 710, are extremely busy and dangerous for motorists when it comes to 18-wheeler accidents. Due to the large number of trucks travelling through Southern California, it is at the highest risk for Trucking Accidents.


Central California is well known for agriculture and livestock cultivation, which leads to a high concentration of commercial truck traffic each day. The Central Valley, and in particular the cities of Bakersfield and Fresno, are densely traveled roads with thousands of Semi’s transporting goods. Highway 99 and Interstate 5 which run through the Central Valley are considered very dangerous roads in California.


Northern California is probably considered the safest region in California. However, parts of Northern California are considered dangerous because of high volume of trucks sharing the road with everyday passenger drivers. Interstate 80 which connects the East Bay cities such as Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Fremont and Hayward is considered a very dangerous highway as well.


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