Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Accidents that involve trucks and commercial vehicles can turn out to be devastating for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and passengers of smaller personal vehicles. These deadly accidents can be prevented if those who operate commercial vehicles adhere to all the road safety regulations.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCA), there were 415,000 commercial vehicle accidents in 2015 in the United States. Under Louisiana law, commercial vehicles include trucks, cars, vans, and SUVs that are used as business vehicles and registered with any commercial company. Drivers of commercial vehicles must have a valid commercial driver’s license.
Definition Of A Commercial Vehicle Under Louisiana Law
Louisiana’s commercial vehicles include trucks that are larger in size than personal pickup trucks. These may cover delivery trucks, company trucks, 18-wheelers, and oil tankers. Commercial vehicles are heavy and can result in deadly collisions. With thousands of these carriers plying on American roads every day, there are high chances of road accidents.
If you or your loved one has been involved in a commercial vehicle accident, it’s advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced accident attorney. For better results, you can reach out to the solicitors at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess.
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COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ACCIDENTS CAN TURN OUT TO BE DANGEROUS.
Types Of Commercial Vehicles
- Fleet vehicles
- Tow trucks
- Dump trucks
Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License Is Required For:
- Vehicles weighing over 26,000 lb
- Vehicles designed to carry 16 or more people
- Trucks transporting hazardous materials or toxins
- Lorries designed to carry 16 or more vehicles
Just like regular car accidents, commercial vehicle accidents are often caused by driver error. Moreover, long-haul trucks are federally regulated. This, in turn, increases the complexity. After a commercial vehicle accident, it gets equally difficult to deal with an insurance company. At the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we have a team of experienced attorneys who work diligently with paralegals, assistants and clerks to make sure that the clients get the maximum amount in settlement.
Are You Eligible To Recover The Damages?
If you have been involved in a commercial vehicle accident as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, you’re eligible to recover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering. Negligent drivers, manufacturers, truck owners, government agencies, and third parties could be held accountable for the damages.