Accidents involving commercial vehicles can be complicated, as multiple parties may be involved in the vehicle’s loading and operation. Get the facts on how to handle a commercial vehicle accident so you’re prepared on the road.
Liability Involving Commercial Vehicles
Because commercial vehicles operate for a business, there are several different parties who may be held liable in an accident involving them, including the following:
Because the vehicles they operate are typically much larger and heavier than traditional passenger cars, commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than regular motorists. Commercial vehicle drivers may not exceed a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04%, which is a stricter standard than regular motorists’ legal limit of 0.08%. Additionally, many commercial drivers are held to hours-of-service regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If commercial drivers violate these regulations, they may be held liable for any accident that occurs as a result of their negligence.
The Driver’s Company
The commercial vehicle or driver’s company may be held liable for an accident if they knowingly hired drivers who should not be on the road, such as drivers with prior driving infractions or negligent behavior. In addition, they may be held liable if they did not schedule regular maintenance checks for their vehicles.
In order to remain stable on the road, trucks’ cargo must be loaded evenly. When this does not happen, the truck may lose control on the road and cause an accident. Cargo loaders may be held liable for an accident if they loaded the truck irresponsibly and cargo shift caused the accident.
Involved in a Commercial Vehicle Accident? Contact Us Today
If you have been involved in a commercial vehicle accident, it’s in your best interest to contact our Corpus Christi car accident attorneys to protect your rights. We know how to navigate this complex area of law and we will fight to recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. at (361) 238-2789 to learn how we can help you.