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After an accident with a commercial vehicle, you need an experienced lawyer who can step in, and help you determine your best legal options as soon as possible. Commercial vehicles are often owned by large corporations with ample resources. At Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP, we have the resources, experience, and knowledge to defend against any corporation and represent you effectively. Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation and get the assistance you need.
What Classifies as a Commercial Vehicle?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), a vehicle may classify as a commercial motor vehicle if it meets one of the following criteria:
- A gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,0001 pounds or more
- Designed to transport more than eight passengers (including the driver), for money
- Designed to transport more than 15 passengers (including the driver), but not for money
- Transports a certain quantity of hazardous materials
- A self-propelled or towed vehicle to transport passengers or property
Common types of commercial vehicles may include:
- School buses
- Coach buses
- Box trucks
- Semi-trucks/ 18-wheelers
- Amazon delivery trucks/vans
- Moving trucks/vans
- Ice cream trucks
- Rideshare (Uber/Lyft)
Who Is Liable in a Commercial Vehicle Accident?
Typically, the commercial vehicle driver is liable if their careless actions caused the accident. However, the company can also be held legally responsible for the actions of its employees. If the company failed to properly train its employees or did not properly maintain its vehicles – resulting in the accident – it can be liable.
How Commercial Vehicle Accident Claims Differ From Car Accident Claims
Commercial vehicles are often owned and operated by larger companies. These companies have a team of lawyers who are working on their behalf to save money by minimizing your settlement offer. As a result, commercial vehicle accident cases require a lot more time, experience, and resources than typical car accident lawsuits. Your commercial vehicle accident lawyer will advocate for you, make sure that you are treated fairly by insurance companies, and that your settlement is properly valued.
In addition, commercial vehicle accidents may involve multiple liable parties – which may further complicate your case. Your experienced commercial vehicle accident lawyer can investigate your accident, hire accident reconstruction experts, and help determine the different parties that are legally responsible for your accident.
How Our Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers Can Help
At Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP, we believe that any case worth taking is worth putting a team behind it. We offer a team of dedicated trial lawyers, investigators, and paralegals to work on your case. We prepare every case as if it will go to trial and are always ready to use the resources necessary to get you the best results.
Contact a Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer Today
Due to the difference in size between a commercial vehicle and a passenger vehicle, you may suffer serious injuries following a commercial vehicle accident. You deserve to be fully compensated for those injuries and losses. At Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP, you do not have to worry about paying upfront fees – as we only charge you after we have secured compensation on your behalf. Contact a commercial vehicle accident lawyer at our firm today, risk-free and cost-free. Call (833) 644-1899 to speak to our Georgia personal injury attorneys and schedule your free consultation.