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Truck Accident Lawyer

Because of the sheer size and weight of large trucks, accidents caused by negligent drivers can result in serious injuries or even death.

If you were hurt due to a negligent truck driver, a truck accident lawyer at our Oakland, CA, practice can help.

What should you do if you are involved in an accident with a truck? 

What to Do  Immediately following a Truck Accident 

Call the Police 

Even if there are no immediate, serious injuries, call the police so that you can obtain a report of the accident. 

Stay on the Scene 

Following a truck crash, do not leave the scene of the accident. Wait for the police to arrive. 

Get Medical Attention 

Your health and safety come first. Do not refuse any medical care, as this could make it more difficult to prove your injuries later on. 

Gather Witnesses

Take down the names and contact information of any bystanders who may have witnessed the truck accident. 

Exchange Information

Exchange license, insurance, and contact information with other drivers involved in the accident. 

Document Everything 

Take pictures at the scene of the truck accident. This includes pictures of your injuries, damage to your vehicle, and any street signs. Also, keep track of any medical records.

Say Very Little 

At the scene and when dealing with insurance companies later on, try to say as little as possible. Do not admit fault or apologize, as these statements can be seen as an admission of fault in the future. 

Contact a Lawyer 

If you were injured by a negligent driver, contacting a truck accident lawyer is essential. Our team can guide you through the next steps. 

Find Out If You Are Entitled to Compensation

Suffering injuries in an accident with a commercial truck can be devastating and the aftermath is often overwhelming. However, you are not alone. The team at Bennett Johnson, LLP, serving Oakland and Napa can help you find out if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and help you collect. We will aggressively advocate for a fair resolution. Complete our online form or call us today at:

(510) 444-5020

Richard C. Bennet and William Johnson have been representing truck accident victims for over 40 years and have succeeded in securing the financial restitution they need to move forward with their life. 

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Truck Accidents Are More Common Than You Think

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 2016 report, there were about 475,000 accidents involving large trucks in a single year.


Of those truck crashes, almost 4,000 resulted in fatalities and more than 100,000 resulted in injuries. 

Understanding Various Causes  of Truck Accidents

Despite the countless regulations in place, accidents involving tractor-trailers still occur. Jackknifing, rollovers, and other types of crashes are all too common. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

Driver Negligence 

Driver inattention, speeding, tailgating, intoxication, or fatigue can all affect the driver's ability to act quickly and increase the chances of collision with a passenger vehicle, bicyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian. 

Defective Parts 

Mechanical failures or dangerous maneuvers due to poorly designed, incorrectly manufactured, or defective auto parts can cause devastating accidents. 

Poorly Maintained Roads 

If potholes or poorly designed roads contributed to the truck accident, you may be able to hold the party responsible for maintaining the roads accountable. 

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We offer free consultations for victims of truck accidents. Simply call our law office at (510) 444-5020.

Why the Cause Matters

Many causes of truck accidents are preventable. While many accidents are due to driver negligence or recklessness, some may result from defective parts, poor maintenance work by a mechanic, or tight deadlines put in place by a trucking company. This makes accidents with tractor-trailers more complex than other types of motor vehicle accidents. For this reason, you need a team of truck accident attorneys with knowledge in this area to assist you with the investigation and filing of your claim.

The cause will directly determine who should be liable for paying damages and dictate the entire course of your case. 

Who Can Be Held Responsible?

Depending on the circumstances of your personal injury or wrongful death suit, one or more parties may be held accountable, including the:

  • Driver if they violated regulations or were not driving safely
  • Trucking company if they did not provide proper training or had excessive demands of the driver that violated regulations
  • Company responsible for shipping or loading the cargo
  • Manufacturer who supplies the parts the commercial truck is made of
  • Local government if they did not properly maintain the roads 

Based on the evidence that is collected, we can help you determine which parties are liable for your injuries. When necessary, our truck accident lawyers will employ the help of experts to evaluate your case and build an effective strategy.

"Do not admit fault or apologize, as these statements can be seen as an admission of fault in the future."

Our Law Office Can Help You Decide Which One to Pursue

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Most car accident cases begin with an insurance claim. However, because insurance companies are often more interested in protecting their own finances than helping victims, they may try to offer you the lowest settlement possible. If this is the case, a personal injury attorney can help you negotiate for a higher settlement or try to earn a higher jury award by filing a lawsuit.

Did You Know California Has a Statute of Limitations?

Like every state, California has a statute of limitations or a time limit on filing a personal injury claim. After your personal injury or the death of a loved one, you have two years to file a claim

Our law firm, with offices in Napa and Oakland, can help you avoid unnecessary delays that could compromise the value of your case. Because we have handled these personal injury cases for more than 40 years, we are prepared to help protect your best interests.

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Whether you were involved in a truck accident or car accident, we can help. Our attorneys have helped many clients in various practice areas and can help you build a compelling case. Call our injury attorneys at:

(510) 444-5020

Three Ways a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You

Establish Liability

Truck drivers are subject to different regulations than other motorists. Our law firm is familiar with these regulations and can determine whether any rules were broken that directly contributed to your losses. By investigating the cause of the truck crash, we can hold the responsible driver accountable.

Evaluate Your Injury

Different injuries have different effects on your daily life and some are not immediately apparent. We work with experts and life care planners to fully evaluate the extent of your injuries. By accounting for every aspect of your injury, we can ensure that you receive a fair and full settlement or jury award.

Help You Heal

We know that no amount of money can help you forget a catastrophic injury or the untimely loss of a loved one. But by taking care of your case, our injury attorneys can give you the time and resources you need to focus on your recovery. 

Above All Else, We Protect Your Rights

When significant injuries occur and large sums of compensation are on the line, it can be challenging, or even nearly impossible, to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death suit on your own. Trucking companies and the other parties involved in accidents with tractor-trailers typically have substantial resources to fight your case. Additionally, the insurance company will most likely try to create obstacles to file your claim and offer you a lower settlement than you deserve.

Hiring our team to represent you provides the protection you need to fight for your right to compensation

Our Attorneys Will Pursue  Every Necessary Avenue 

There are a plethora of evidence sources that must be considered. When collecting and evaluating evidence our attorneys will often:

  • Obtain any available camera footage from roadways or the commercial truck
  • Retrieve data from the truck's Electronic Control Module
  • Review the police and accident reports as well as any drug or alcohol testing results
  • Collect and analyze your medical records, often with the assistance of a professional  
  • Interview witnesses and medical staff were involved in your care
  • Work with consultants to reconstruct the scene of the truck accident 

We will also be proactive in ensuring that the trucking company or driver does not destroy any necessary evidence

Truck Accident Victims  Often Face Substantial Hardship


Injuries caused when you collide with large trucks are often life-changing. Many victims suffer injuries that affect their motor skills, cause paralyzation, require amputation, and more. Even with extensive treatment, this can severely impede your quality of life.


Trucking accidents can be traumatic events for victims and their families, especially when they are fatal. Accident victims often struggle with their mental state, experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression due to their injuries and the life-altering repercussions they can have.


Depending on the extent of your injuries, the financial consequences can be crushing, especially if you can no longer work to provide for your family. From immediate medical costs to long-term lifestyle changes and ongoing treatments, financial hardship may seem to have no end in sight. 

Pursuing Compensatory & Punitive Damages


Compensatory damages are meant to compensate you for any losses you incurred as a result of your collision, including medical bills, medication, lost wages, and even intangible damages like pain and anguish.


If the truck driver who caused your collision acted particularly recklessly or maliciously, you may be entitled punitive damages. Punitive damages are reserved by the courts for victims of extremely negligent causes like drunk driving, and are intended to punish the other party.

"After your personal injury or the death of a loved one, you have two years to file a claim."

With Our Law Firm, You Can Afford an Advocate

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The attorneys at Bennett Johnson, LLP want every victim to feel empowered to seek legal representation, so we offer free consultations. During your consultation, one of our team members will listen to the details of your case and guide you through the next steps. 

We also know that paying for a lawyer when you are injured can be a major burden, so we represent victims on a contingency basis. This means that you do not owe us anything until—and unless—we recover a settlement or award on your behalf.

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Advantages of Working with Bennett Johnson


Our truck accident attorneys pride themselves on the work they do and strive to provide highly attentive legal services to every client. As such, they take a hands-on approach to your case, personally handling it themselves. They understand the duress you are under due to the fallout of your truck crash and will handle your case with compassion and professionalism.


With decades of providing representation in many practice areas, each of our attorneys is exceptionally knowledgeable about the nuances that play an important role in truck accident cases. You can rest assured that they will be fully prepared to present your case in the best light and can anticipate the opposition's strategy to help you achieve a positive outcome.


Our truck accident lawyers do not take their work lightly. They firmly believe in advocating on behalf of victims who have suffered due to negligence. They will fight to secure fair compensation, whether that is through a settlement or if they need to go to trial. Our attorneys will provide fierce representation based on a proven strategy.

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Through our attentive, aggressive, and dedicated approach to every single case, we have helped our clients recover over $500 million in compensation. Bennett Johnson, LLP

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The Bennett Johnson, LLP, attorneys have successfully represented injury victims since 1981. Our firm is affiliated with various trusted organizations, including the: 

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum 
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum 
  • American Board of Trial Advocates 
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers 

To schedule your free consultation, request an appointment online or call (510) 444-5020.

Attorneys Richard Bennet and William Johnson

Bennett Johnson, LLP

Attorneys Richard Bennet and William Johnson have practiced law for more than four decades. Since opening Bennett Johnson, LLP, in 1981, our clients have been awarded more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements. They are members of several professional legal organizations, including:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us online or call us at (510) 444-5020.

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