Trucking and Motor Vehicle Accidents Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Not every pick-up or van on the road is a personal vehicle. In fact, we share the road with commercial vehicles owned by companies everyday. Even once the cause of a commercial vehicle accident is determined, finding out who is liable for the resulting injuries can be complicated.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, deaths resulting from commercial vehicle accidents increased by 9% in recent years. Deaths caused by commercial vehicles, including single-unit straight trucks, increased by 18.7%.
A commercial vehicle is any vehicle driven as part of a business. This includes both private and company vehicles. Many of these vehicles are oversized and cause debilitating injuries or death when they collide with a other vehicles. Most companies are well-insured against injury claims involving their employees and vehicles. If the company is engaged in interstate commerce, they are also required to carry higher limit policies under federal law. Commercial vehicles can include:
- Company pickup trucks
- Oilfield trucks
- Delivery trucks
- Personal vehicles driven for work purposes
- Trucks pulling trailers
- Heavy trucks
- Pizza delivery vehicles
- Construction vehicles
- Rideshare vehicles
Commercial vehicle accidents often have a number of unique factors that contribute to accidents. These accidents can happen for many reasons, including:
- Excessive speed
- Unqualified or inexperienced driver
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted or intoxicated driver
- Incorrect lane changes
- Improper stopping distance
- Incorrect weight load
- Inadequate supervision of the driver
- Shifting cargo
- Road defects
- Improperly maintained vehicle
- Ignoring red lights or stop signs
Despite the increased risk of a catastrophic roadway accident, some commercial vehicle drivers still speed, drive aggressively, or engage in other forms of unsafe driving.
Texas Commercial Vehicle Accidents
You have a limited time to act if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a commercial vehicle accident. At the time of the accident, it can be difficult to tell a commercial vehicle from a regular passenger vehicle. If you were injured in a commercial vehicle accident or injured while driving a commercial vehicle, it is important to have the right representation. Craft Law Firm can help.