Commercial Vehicle Accidents Require A Different Legal Strategy
Any accident on the road can have catastrophic consequences, whether it involves a car, a motorcycle, a bicycle or any other kind of vehicle. But collisions involving commercial vehicles such as a truck or a bus cause more damage on average, since these vehicles are larger, have bigger blind spots and take longer to stop. Commercial vehicle collisions are also different than other accidents in a legal sense because these vehicles are covered by a separate type of insurance.
A vehicle involved in a commercial enterprise will often be connected to more parties beyond the driver him- or herself, which means there are more parties to potentially engage in forms of negligence that contributed to the accident. These parties can include:
- The driver
- The company that runs the trucking or bus business
- The company that owns the truck or bus (this is sometimes not the same entity as the business conducting the main commercial operations)
- The company that conducts maintenance and repairs on the vehicle in question
- The manufacturer of the vehicle as well as any specific parts that contributed to the accident
Hold The Trucking Industry Accountable
Although the trucking and bus industries are regulated closely at the local, state and federal levels, it has proven impossible to prevent many injuries caused by one form of negligence or another. Commercial trucking companies, in particular, are well-known for pushing their drivers to keep long hours, driving even longer than is allowed under the law. In such cases, both the driver and their employer may be liable for the injuries they played a role in causing.
Both semi trucks (also known as tractor-trailers in some parts of the country) and buses are sometimes built using defective parts, and operators sometimes load cargo or passengers improperly or too densely. Our attorneys are experienced in helping those injured by such poor practices, as well as family members who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death caused by a commercial vehicle.
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