The term “commercial vehicle” may be applied to many more vehicles you see on the road than you might think. The tendency might be to think only in terms of semi-tractor trailers with large corporate names on the sides. These certainly come under the definition of a commercial motor vehicle in the state of Texas and on the federal level as well. But pickup trucks or vans weighing just over 10,000 lbs. are also considered a commercial vehicle as well, especially one involved in interstate commerce.
When Can a Vehicle Be Labeled a Commercial Vehicle?
The weight of the vehicle is very important in these definitions, but the way the vehicle is used makes a difference too in the way it is defined. Any vehicle of a certain weight used to cross state lines to deliver goods is considered a commercial vehicle as well as a vehicle transporting 8 or more people across state lines for compensation. That makes the definition broader as do other variations. The commercially used vehicle is one that must take care when on the road as they deliver people, hazardous materials, and large loads that can lead to serious injuries to other drivers who are extremely vulnerable in their smaller, non-commercial vehicles. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a commercial truck accident in Houston, it is crucial to seek the assistance of an experienced commercial truck accident attorney.
In Texas, the number of fatal crashes in 2016 involving tractor trailers was 403. Add the fatal crashes that may have been caused by vans and pickup trucks that can qualify as a commercial vehicle and it can be seen that commercial vehicles are involved in more fatal crashes than just the ones caused by tractor trailers alone. These fatal crashes and the incapacitating injuries that occur as a result will require the need for a consultation with an attorney experienced in dealing with commercial truck accident cases.
In Houston, the Lassiter Law Team has won damages for people like you that have been injured in accidents involving many different types of commercial vehicles. Contact us today, and we will help you in the same way.