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San Francisco Truck Accidents Lawyer

Experienced, Tenacious Pursuit of Your Truck Accident Injury

At Choulos Choulos & Wyle, we have the knowledge and resources to uncover the causes of a semi wreck and use that information to help our valued clients maximize compensation. Whether your case involves truck driver fatigue, poor maintenance, an overloaded truck or other form of negligence, we will go the distance to determine what happened.

A Track Record of Success in Complex, Serious Vehicle Collision Cases

Our San Francisco truck accident attorney aggressively pursue damage claims against all parties who can be held accountable — including the trucking company that may have put a negligent or poorly trained driver on the road or taken other risks with safety. We have achieved results including multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts and other sizable recoveries for:

  • A motorcyclist who suffered multiple fractures when a truck crossed a double yellow line
  • A woman who suffered spinal injuries and fractures when she was run off the road by a big rig — recovering from both the trucking company’s insurance policy and an auto manufacturer accountable for her vehicle’s inadequate crash worthiness
  • The driver of a passenger van hit by a construction truck that ran a red light, inflicting head injuries and brain damage
  • Numerous other survivors of crashes involving commercial delivery trucks, tanker trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks and even emergency response vehicles

Truck Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries

Truck accidents are often some of the most severe collisions on the road, primarily due to the substantial size and weight difference between trucks and passenger vehicles. In a blink of an eye, these incidents can lead to serious, sometimes catastrophic injuries, altering the course of people’s lives forever.

Common injuries in truck accidents may include:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Whiplash
  • Internal organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Severe burns and scarring
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Abrasions, including road rash

Many of these injuries do not show any symptoms at first but could have devastating effects if left untreated. As soon as possible after your accident, seek medical attention. Save all documents related to your medical care as well; these records will serve as valuable evidence in a future claim.

Seeking Justice for Victims of Commercial Truck Collisions

Truck accidents can happen at any time, leaving the victims with physical injuries, emotional trauma, and unexpected financial hardships. If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident in San Francisco, you deserve justice. Fortunately, there are options for compensation available.

As long as someone else’s actions caused your truck collision, you have the right to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the liable party. Multiple parties can be at fault for a truck accident, such as:

  • The Truck Driver: If the truck driver was speeding, distracted, driving under the influence, or otherwise negligent, he or she could be held responsible for any accidents that are caused by these actions.
  • The Trucking Company: Trucking companies can be held liable if their actions caused an accident, such as pushing their drivers to exceed hours-of-service regulations, failing to conduct proper maintenance, or hiring drivers with poor safety records. 
  • A Vehicle Manufacturer: If a defect in the truck contributed to the accident, the vehicle manufacturer could be at fault. These accidents could involve faulty brakes, defective tires, or other parts.
  • A Third-Party Company: Companies responsible for loading cargo, conducting repairs, or providing other services could be liable if their negligent actions contributed to the accident.
  • A Government Entity: If poor road conditions, inadequate signage, or other public infrastructure issues contributed to the accident, a government entity could potentially be held responsible.

How to Prove a Truck Accident Claim in San Francisco

To file a successful truck accident claim, you will need to establish the liable party’s negligence. Negligence refers to a failure to exercise reasonable care, resulting in injury or harm to others. To prove negligence, you generally need to establish four key elements:

  • Duty of Care: The defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. For instance, truck drivers have a duty to drive safely and follow all traffic laws. Evidence such as police reports and employment records could help establish this fact.
  • Breach of Duty: The defendant breached this duty through a negligent act or failure to act. This might involve reckless driving, driver fatigue, or failing to maintain the truck properly. Evidence can include eyewitness testimony, traffic camera footage, or maintenance records.
  • Causation: The defendant’s breach of duty caused the truck accident and the injuries that you suffered. Accident reconstruction experts can help prove this element, as can medical testimony linking your injuries to the crash.
  • Damages: The plaintiff suffered damages or losses as a result of the accident, such as medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering. Helpful evidence may include medical bills, employment records, and testimony about the accident’s impact on your life.

Proving all these elements can be complex and requires a thorough understanding of personal injury law. A San Francisco personal injury attorney from Choulos, Choulos & Wyle can help you gather the necessary evidence, build a strong case, and advocate for your right to maximum compensation.

What Damages Are Available in a Truck Accident Claim?

By filing a truck accident lawsuit or insurance claim, you have the right to recover compensation for any economic and non-economic damages that you suffered in the collision. Economic damages involve the financial losses that you experienced, and non-economic damages refer to your physical and emotional pain and suffering.

While every case is different, you will likely claim the following damages in your lawsuit:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages due to the accident
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Permanent disability
  • Chronic pain
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of quality of life

What Is the Average Value of a Truck Accident Settlement?

The value of a truck accident settlement can vary widely, depending on factors such as the severity of injuries, the amount of property damage, and the degree of the truck driver’s fault. These settlements also take into account the extent of the victim’s pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

On average, truck accident settlements can range from tens of thousands to several million dollars. However, each case is unique, and this range should not be used as a prediction for any particular case. A personal injury lawyer from Choulos, Choulos & Wyle can provide a more accurate assessment based on the specifics of your situation.

How a San Francisco Truck Accident Lawyer Can Support Your Case 

When pursuing compensation after a truck accident, it is crucial to have legal representation on your side. Trucking companies and their insurers often have extensive resources and legal teams dedicated to minimizing their liability. You need an attorney who can defend your interests and fight for your right to fair compensation.

A San Francisco truck accident lawyer can provide crucial support throughout your claim. Your attorney can help gather and analyze evidence, work with experts to reconstruct the accident, and identify all potentially liable parties. 

Your lawyer can also handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance company, ensuring that your rights are protected. They can also guide you through the complex legal process, keep track of deadlines, and help you make informed decisions about how to proceed with your case. If a fair settlement can’t be reached through negotiation, your lawyer can represent you in court, presenting a compelling case on your behalf.


Our truck accident attorney fought for and won a $2,500,000 settlement for a sixty-six year old woman who was rendered a quadriplegic when she was hit from behind and run off the road by an out of state big rig in Salinas in Monterrey County, California. The truck driver testified that our client had passed over a double yellow line, and had cut the pass too tight and clipped the front of the big rig. Although the California Highway Patrol report listed our client as the party 100% at fault, and there were no independent witnesses, we were able, through the use of accident reconstruction experts, and aggressive representation, to prove that the truck driver had lied to the CHP officer, and to obtain a policy limits settlement on our client’s behalf. Our client sought enough compensation to help pay for past and future medical expenses, as well as for future attendant care, and pain and suffering for her paralysis and the loss of the use of her arms and legs. The trucking company was made fully accountable, after the case was set for trial in the Monterey County Superior Court. As a part of the settlement, our attorney negotiated substantial reductions of the liens of Medi Care and our client’s health insurance carrier.

Stepping in To Build Your Case and Fight for Your Right to Compensation

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in California, don’t hesitate to contact our expert truck accident attorneys to understand your legal options and get the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call (415) 432-7290 today!

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