Each day, many commercial vehicles take to the roadways. Commercial vehicles include a company car, truck, van, bus, or 18-wheeler used by employees or agents of a business. Though these vehicles are intended for work purposes, the chances of a motor vehicle accident occurring are similar to those of non-commercial vehicles. Recently, a commercial semi-truck was involved in a multi-vehicle accident just after the Christmas holiday.
A multi-vehicle crash involving a commercial semi-truck occurred last week on U.S. 84 just southeast of Lubbock. Due to dense fog conditions, two non-commercial vehicles crashed into each other in the morning, blocking the westbound lanes of traffic. While the incident was being investigated, another semi-truck traveling eastbound jackknifed, swiped through the center median and caused several other vehicles to also crash.
Commercial Vehicle Standards
Workers use commercial vehicles to carry out their jobs, transport work-related equipment, haul goods, and/or transport passengers. Commercial vehicle accidents are not like other motor vehicle accidents, as these vehicles are typically driven by professional drivers and are covered under commercial insurance policies.
Commercial motor carriers are regulated by the states in which they operate. In Texas, this means commercial drivers must comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). These regulations include governance over vehicle weight, registration fees, and Commercial Drivers’ Licenses (CDL).
Commercial Vehicle Accident Injuries
Injuries are bound to occur when a commercial vehicle is involved, as commercial vehicles are generally of a larger size than other passenger vehicles. The size and weight of buses, 18-wheelers, and semi-trucks make them more susceptible to causing serious property damage and catastrophic physical injury. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), commercial motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks resulted in nearly 4,237 fatalities in 2017 alone. The resulting injuries from an accident involving a commercial vehicle are devastating and can include:
- Broken bones
- Head and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Wrongful death
Lubbock Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorneys
When an accident involving a commercial vehicle happens, it can add a huge amount of stress to victims’ lives. Those who drive and operate these vehicles should be trained professionals; therefore, these accidents often yield legal entanglements involving the companies that own, operate, and maintain the vehicles. You’re not alone. The experienced commercial vehicle accident attorneys at Liggett Law Group can help. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.