Commercial vehicles can include box trucks, tractor-trailers, school or metro buses, cargo vans, and heavy construction and farming equipment. If you are involved in an accident with one of these types of vehicles, the cause of the incident could be due to driver negligence, distracted or reckless driving, or poorly maintained equipment.
The most common reasons that might cause a driver of a commercial vehicle to end up in a major or minor accident include:
  • Driving while intoxicated or impaired

  • Reckless driving

  • Distracted or drowsy driving

  • Too much cargo on board

  • Failure to maintain the vehicle properly

Anyone driving a commercial vehicle has an even greater responsibility for complying with the rules of the road because they are operating oversized and awkward machinery. Buses and trucks often have a wider turn radius that can make it harder to navigate on surface streets. Overhead clearances are also a challenge if a commercial vehicle attempts to take a route through a small town or suburb with low clearance overpasses.

Getting into an accident with a commercial vehicle can be a frightening experience. These types of vehicles are large and imposing and they can cause a lot of damage because of their size. The chance of being injured in an unexpected encounter with one of these vehicles is also higher.

Injury in an Accident With a Commercial Vehicle
Due to the size of these types of vehicles, being involved in an accident can have serious consequences for other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. These can include but are not limited to:
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Torn ligaments
  • Head trauma
  • Brain injury or damage
  • Loss of limbs
  • Facial injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Spinal injuries

Becoming involved in a commercial vehicle accident as a result of another driver’s reckless actions, negligence, inexperience, or distraction behind the wheel should not destroy you financially. If you are injured in such an accident you may be entitled to compensation.

Your injuries are no laughing matter. There may be a long road to recovery based on your injuries, you could be looking at hospital time, surgery or surgeries, recovery time and rehabilitation requirements. All of this can be emotionally and physically exhausting and financially draining. You can’t work which means lost wages for weeks or months.

You may be wondering who is going to pay your medical bills. Do you have the best medical care possible? What about your vehicle? Who will pay for those repairs or even a replacement in the event your car is totaled from the accident.

This wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to cover any of these costs. You may even deserve compensation for the pain and suffering you have been forced to endure as a result of this accident. With so many expenses facing you during this time of crisis, it is essential that you fight for the compensation you deserve.

But in order to get the maximum amount of compensation, you need a smart and skilled personal injury attorney on your side. Commercial vehicles are heavily insured but those insurance companies have no interest in paying you one thin dime. Their adjusters are going to find any reason not to pay you what you deserve and, if they do decide to pay, they will offer you a settlement totaling a fraction of the amount you are rightfully entitled to receive.

Don’t try to negotiate with the insurance companies on your own, hire an experienced commercial vehicle accident attorney who has decades of experience in taking on the big insurance companies and making them pay what you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, and pain and suffering you have incurred because of someone else’s negligence.

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