Types of Commercial Vehicles in Accidents

When most people think of commercial vehicles, they think of the standard semi-tractor trailers that are seen every day on the highways across the United States.  However, though these may be one of the most common types of commercial vehicles, there are many more kinds of vehicles that fall under the umbrella of “commercial.”  All of these commercial vehicles are strictly regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and must follow more rules and laws than regular passenger vehicles.  Furthermore, cases following accidents with any of these commercial vehicles may be complicated because of the special set of regulations and the many factors or parties that may be involved.  If you are in an accident with any type of commercial vehicle, contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney as soon as possible for help with a possible case.

A commercial vehicle is generally defined as a motor vehicle that is used to transport goods, property, or paying passengers.  These vehicles come in many shapes and sizes and may include:

  • Semi-trucks
  • Tractor trailers
  • Box trucks
  • Buses
  • Coaches
  • Flatbed trucks
  • Tanker trucks
  • HAZMAT carriers
  • Delivery trucks

Each of these types of commercial vehicles has its own unique qualities and risks.  Furthermore, just because a driver is qualified to drive one type of commercial vehicle does not necessarily mean he may drive another type.  In fact, commercial driver’s license requirements include knowledge of the particular type of vehicle which a driver intends to operate and do not encompass all types of commercial vehicles.  If a driver operates another type of commercial vehicle for which he is not licensed, he is putting all other motorists at risk.

Each commercial vehicle or truck accident is different and, therefore, you should always have an experienced truck accident lawyer handling your case.  If you have been injured, call Shane Smith Law today at (980) 246-2656 to schedule a free consultation.

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