The term “commercial truck” is used in reference to a number of large truck types. This can lead to confusion for individuals who have been involved in a major commercial truck accident, and are unable to recognize distinctions that may impact the type of legal assistance warranted for their potential case. It is important that drivers become aware of the range of vehicle types that can fall under the category of commercial trucks, so they may be better prepared in the event of becoming involved in a commercial truck crash. The following is an outline of the variations between different commercial vehicles that may be encountered on the road, which are categorized in accordance with the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) assigned to each group.
Light Commercial Vehicles
Commercial vehicles of this type include, but are not limited to minivans, panel trucks or vans, commercial SUVS, sedan delivery vehicles, cab forward trucks, and tow truckswith a GVWR of up to 14,000 pounds. Many individuals are unaware that the classification of “commercial vehicle” can be assigned to even average size vans, trucks, and SUVs that are utilized in the commission of a business activity. In the event that one becomes injured as a result of the misconduct of a driver of a commercial vehicle of any type, they may have a valid claim of action against the proprietor the driver represents.
Medium Scale Trucks
Vehicles that fall under this classification are those typically used for hauling construction materials, making deliveries, and even transporting people. In terms of weight classification, the GVWR for medium trucks is between 14,001 and 26,000 pounds. Specific medium scale truck types include box trucks, delivery trucks, platform trucks, flatbed trucks, and medium standard trucks. These types of vehicles are more readily recognizable when used for general service activities such as making beverage deliveries to stores, mail or postal package deliveries, gravel hauling, or transporting other vehicles, which are encountered on the nation’s highways everyday. School buses are also included in this category.
Large Scale Commercial Trucks
Commercial trucks of every size carry the risk of causing serious injury in the event of a collision; however, crashes involving large-scale commercial trucks typically have the highest percentage of fatalities and most catastrophic destruction than all road accidents. Large-scale commercial trucks refer tothose weighing over 26,000 pounds. This includes 80,000-pound 18-wheelers, mobile cranes, concrete transport vehicles, and tanker trucks. These are typically used for mass transport of goods as well as heavy-duty materials used in construction. Encountering a large commercial truck on the road can be intimidating. In the event that one becomes involved in a crash with this type of vehicle, knowing who to contact for help is important for overcoming the challenges that often persist.
Because life doesn’t stop after a truck accident, it’s important to know where to turn to get help putting the pieces back together in the aftermath. Individuals with questions about their legal options after an Atlanta truck crash can call 1-800-Truck-Wreck® to speak with someone directly today.