A commercial vehicle is any vehicle designed and used in commerce to transport goods or passengers. Transport vehicles must be capable of carrying 16 or more people (including the driver) to be considered commercial.
Examples Of Commercial Vehicles:
- Semi Trucks (18-Wheelers)
- Box Trucks
- Large Freight Carriers
The roads of Mississippi are filled with commercial trucks like 18-wheelers, cargo vans, and buses. Often, 18-wheelers and semi trucks carry hazardous or flammable materials or other potentially dangerous cargo that can cause extensive damage and injury.
When these types of large vehicles are involved in an accident, it can cause significant, serious, and often life-changing injury to individuals. These injuries could range from a temporary brain injury causing confusion to a massive spinal injury resulting in paralysis or quadriplegia for the injury victim. They can also involve multiple vehicles, extensive property damage, and serious injury to passengers and pedestrians and can turn an average car accident into a wrongful death.
What Are the Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents?
Often large corporations push their drivers to continue working beyond the legal limits detailed within federal regulations. To ensure their safety, 18-wheelers and other large trucks must be adequately maintained and operated by trained, competent drivers. When truck drivers and trucking companies are negligent in the operation and maintenance of 18-wheelers, the results can be fatal. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for issuing and enforcing safety regulations for the operation of 18-wheelers (semi trucks, big rigs) and other commercial trucks. The regulations set forth by the FMCSA cover nearly all aspects of the maintenance and operation of trucks.
When handling an 18-wheeler accident case, the legal team at Prince & Associates searches for evidence that the driver or trucking company was in violation of trucking regulations. Trucking violations include:
- Traffic violations – speeding and failing to yield the right of way
- Driving without taking adequate rest breaks or driver fatigue
- Lack of sleep
- Improper loading, Overloaded tractor-trailers or unsecured loads
- Inadequate training
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Aggressive driving behavior
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Falsifying trucking logs
- Lack of driver screening and background checks
- Unrealistic schedules
If you are involved in a commercial vehicle collision contact Prince & Associates. Delay in filing an accident claim can affect your legal rights. We will help you fight to receive an appropriate award of compensation for your injuries. Our firm is located in Flowood and we accept commercial collision cases throughout the State of Mississippi. These cases are handled on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means you pay nothing unless you get compensation. If you are unable to travel, our attorney can come to you.