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Carmel Truck Accident Attorneys

If you have recently been involved in a trucking accident in California, consider reaching out to Harris Personal Injury Lawyers for help. Our experienced truck accident lawyers will investigate your crash, gather evidence, and file a lawsuit on your behalf against the potentially liable parties. Give us a call at 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a complimentary case review today.

Collisions with Commercial Vehicles

If you were involved in a crash with a commercial vehicle, a different set of rules may apply to your case. This is because commercial trucks are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As such, the drivers and companies that manage commercial vehicles must adhere to a strict set of regulations. When they fail to do so, this may be evidence of negligence and thus, liability for your injuries. Examples of commercial vehicles include:

  • Semi-trucks/18-wheelers
  • Truck-trailer combinations
  • Flatbeds
  • Livestock carriers
  • Tankers
  • Cement mixers
  • Utility vehicles
  • Box trucks
  • Moving trucks
  • Dump trucks
  • Garbage trucks
  • Hazardous materials (Hazmat) vehicles
  • Passenger buses

Our Carmel truck accident attorneys are well-versed in FMCSA regulations. We know how to investigate commercial truck accidents and can determine whether any of these laws were violated at the time of the crash.

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents in Carmel, California

Throughout the years, our truck accident attorneys have investigated and litigated numerous truck accident cases and have handled claims arising from all types of careless and reckless conduct by truck drivers, motor carriers, maintenance providers, and manufacturers. Through an in-depth investigation into the crash that caused you harm, we may uncover evidence of:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Alcohol or drug impairment
  • Speeding
  • Unsafe lane changing
  • Distracted driving
  • Deferred truck maintenance
  • Wide turns
  • Unsecured cargo loads

What Can I Do to Protect My Truck Accident Claim?

The unfortunate reality is that insurance adjusters tend to scrutinize cases, looking for reasons to deny injured parties’ claims. As a victim, you will need to work hard to preserve your claim in order to rebut any pushback you may face. Your attorney will help you do just that, and may advise you to do the following (at a minimum):

  • Seek treatment for your injuries, and do not delay: The insurance claims adjuster will want to know whether you’ve done your part to heal. Because of this, waiting a substantial amount of time to see a doctor doesn’t look good to insurers. To avoid running into disputes (not to mention, to ensure you are taking care of yourself properly and healing as you should), visit a doctor as soon as possible after the accident.
  • Refrain from making any recorded statements until you’ve spoken with your attorney: It’s a standard practice for insurance companies to collect recorded statements from claimants describing their recollection of the accident. Insurance adjusters often use these statements to dispute your claim.
  • Minimize your social media use: To protect your claim, it’s wise to avoid posting to your social media profiles until your case is resolved. An insurer may scan your content for fodder to dispute your claim.

Discuss Your Case with a Carmel Truck Accident Lawyer Today!

Our attorneys have decades of collective experience representing accident victims in negotiations with large motor carriers and their insurance companies and are here to represent you. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a free case assessment. If you are unable to travel due to your injuries, we will come to you.