A commercial vehicle is any motor vehicle used for the transport of people or property (goods). These vehicles may include tractor-trailers, buses, or other large vehicles operating on the highways. In order for a motor vehicle to be considered commercial, it must meet the following requirements:
- The vehicle has a combined weight rating of at least 26,001 pounds
- The vehicle is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver
- The vehicle transports hazardous materials
Due to their sheer size, commercial vehicles are inherently extremely dangerous. Accidents involving a commercial vehicle often result in serious injury or even death.
WHY DO THESE ACCIDENTS OCCUR?
Commercial vehicle accidents occur for a number of reasons, such as:
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Driver fatigue
- Driver is under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- Excessive Speed
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Improper loading and/or overloading of the vehicle
- Inexperience/under-training of vehicle operator
- Other vehicles
Unfortunately, proving fault in a commercial vehicle accident is not always easy. The process can often be long and arduous, as there are many parties involved. Commercial vehicle accidents rarely involve simple factual situations. Additionally, sometimes the true cause of the accident is not apparent. Many times, there are multiple causes. That’s why proper documentation of evidence is key. Oftentimes, the difference between success and failure in your case is the expert your attorney selects to help with your case. Moreover, since evidence often fades, is destroyed, or is lost, time is of the essence. The qualified commercial vehicle accident lawyers at Daggett Shuler are experienced at establishing the evidence necessary to prove your case.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a commercial vehicle accident and suffered serious injury or death, contact the experienced commercial vehicle accident lawyers at Daggett Shuler. Our legal team has the knowledge for handling these complex cases. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. To learn more or to schedule a FREE case evaluation, call us at 1-800-815-5500.
At Daggett Shuler, you can depend on us.