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What is different about a commercial vehicle accident?


Our readers in Houston know that car accidents are common. After all, Houston is one of the largest cities in the country, and with a large population comes more commuters and more car accidents. But, some people may not realize that an accident that involves a passenger vehicle and a commercial vehicle will likely have some different factors to consider beyond those at issue in the common "fender bender."

So, what is different about a commercial vehicle accident? Well, for starters, many drivers of commercial vehicles are under federal trucking regulations that simply do not apply to other drivers. For instance, truck drivers, particularly drivers of 18-wheelers, must adhere to regulations regarding the time they spend behind the wheel, breaks in between shifts and special licensing privileges. When it comes to the truck itself, there are regulations about the type of load that can be hauled and how much weight can be hauled at one time.

But, perhaps the biggest difference in accidents that involve commercial vehicles is who might be responsible for the accident. Was it just the truck driver? Or was the company he worked for negligent as well? These determinations can be important when it comes to naming the defendants in a personal injury lawsuit.

No one wants to be involved in a car accident, but they are exceedingly common. When car accidents cause injuries or even death, the liable party needs to be held accountable. When it comes to car accidents that are caused by commercial vehicles, our readers should know that there can be even more factors to consider in the case.

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