While an accident with any commercial vehicle can complicate your case, a commercial semi truck crash can involve multiple at-fault parties, violations of government regulations, and teams of insurance attorneys working to devalue your case. If you were hurt in a semi crash, it is important to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney about your personal injury case.
Definition of a Commercial Truck
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) as any vehicle or combination of vehicles used to transport goods or passengers for business purposes. This can include tractor trailers, freight trucks, buses, tanker trucks, and delivery vehicles.
Federal laws sets forth certain requirements and safety regulations for operators of commercial trucks. The truck involved in your accident will likely be subject to these laws if it:
- Has a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds, OR
- Has a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds (including a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds), OR
- Is used for the purpose of (or is designed to) transport 16 or more passengers including a driver, OR
- Is used to carry materials that qualify as hazardous under the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act
An Attorney Can Fight for Your Rights After a Truck Accident
Vehicles that are operated by large-scale companies are required to have considerable insurance coverage under a commercial policy. Commercial auto insurance policies usually have much higher coverage limits than insurance for passenger vehicles. However, even when a trucking company realizes it is at fault and has the ability to pay for injuries, the company often chooses to fight the claim instead of pay out.
When trucking companies and their agents fight to avoid liability for accidents, the attorneys Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum can bring them to justice. We work to get you maximum compensation for your injuries, and we do not charge for our services until your claim is resolved.
Have You Been Involved In A Rhode Island Truck Accident?
If you've been hurt in a truck accident you need to speak to an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Cranston office directly at 401.946.3200 to schedule your free consultation. We help truck accident victims in Providence, Warwick and all areas of Rhode Island.