Commercial Vehicles to Look Out For on the Road
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Unlike your typical compact car or SUV, commercial vehicles are typically
larger, heavier, and are therefore more likely to cause severe damage
to other cars, drivers and passengers on the road. Every day as we commute
to work or school, we share the road with these commercial vehicles and
the injuries that result from an accident can result in a long-term recovery.
If the commercial vehicle is owned by a huge company, their insurance company
may seek the lowest possible compensation payment to you as the victim.
However, don’t let them intimidate you or offer you an unfair claim
for an accident that was not your fault. If you’ve been injured
in an accident with a commercial vehicle in the St. Louis area, it’s
important to seek legal guidance that can help you recover maximum compensation
for the damages you suffer.
A vehicle is given commercial status when its primary purpose is the transportation
of property or people for hire. Commercial drivers typically use their
vehicles more often, and for longer stretches of time, than those driving
personal vehicles. Therefore, the risk of an accident is considered to
be greater. As a St. Louis driver, you should always be aware of the types
of vehicles that may potentially share the road with you. Commercial vehicles
you may see on the road include the following:
This includes semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailers. They’re
primarily used to transport goods to retail facilities. The Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration strictly regulates trucks that weigh more
than 10,000 pounds, especially regarding safety regulation compliance
by trucking companies.
From food and clothes to electronic and other products, countless deliveries
are made every day in Missouri. Delivery vehicles typically hold commercial
insurance policies, but delivery drivers who use their car rather than
a company vehicle may not be required to carry commercial insurance.
For-hire passenger vehicles
In major metropolitan areas like St. Louis, limousines and taxi cabs are
a common sight. Legally, they are classified as for-hire passenger vehicles
and carry commercial vehicle status.
Due to their size and intended use, most buses are considered commercial
vehicles. When buses are involved in a collision, accident victims may
be able to seek compensation from the driver and the company that owns the bus.
In addition to the vehicles mentioned above, cargo vans, moving trucks,
garbage trucks, trolleys, and construction vehicles are all considered
commercial vehicles. A collision with one of these vehicles can result
in severe physical injuries and significant damages to your vehicle.
If you have experienced an accident due to the negligence of a commercial
vehicle driver, please contact ourSt. Louis personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC. We can help you navigate the damages,
legal system and the pursuit of compensation while you recover from your
Contact us now for a free consultation to learn how much your case is worth and to
take the first steps in filing your claim.
Call (800) 391-4318 to speak with an attorney. We are available 24/7