Injured in a Truck Accident? Steps to Take When Filing a Claim

If you have been injured in a truck accident due to the negligence of another party, you may be eligible to recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim. To learn more about filing a valid claim after a truck accident, continue reading and contact our Santa Clara County truck accident attorney. Here are some questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of truck accidents?

The most common causes of truck accidents are forms of driver negligence, including the following:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Drowsy driving
  • Lack of visibility, often caused by large blind spots
  • Faulty parts that the truck driver was unaware of
  • Operating electronic devices while driving
  • Failure to maintain the truck, causing mechanical issues
  • Failure to brake in time
    • Trucks require nearly 2 full football fields in length to come to a complete stop

How can I fulfill the burden of proof after a truck accident?

You may be entitled to recover financial compensation if you have been injured due to the negligence of another party. To receive this compensation, you will need to provide proof that your accident was a result of negligence. To do so, consider taking the following steps:

  1. Call the police so they can file an accident report. They will also bring medical assistance to the scene.
  2. While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, take photos and videos of the scene of the accident. Document any damage done to your car, property, the truck, and the injuries sustained.
  3. If there were any witnesses to your accident, collect their contact information.
  4. Once the ambulance arrives, seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
  5. Collect all relevant medical documentation once your treatment is complete.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney.

How long do I have to file a truck accident claim in California?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California is generally two years. This means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to file your claim. Failure to do so may result in you being permanently time-barred from suing. To avoid this and to get started with this process as soon as possible, give our experienced Santa Clara personal injury attorneys a call today. The sooner you are able to bring attention to your claim, the better. Give our firm a call today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.