Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Lawyers for Commercial Vehicle Accidents in Austin, TX
“Commercial Vehicle” is a blanket term for any type of motor vehicle used for transporting goods or paying passengers. When you consider this, it is obvious that the expression encompasses a wide variety of vehicles. This translates into an estimated 120 million plus vehicles in use in the United States alone. With that kind of volume, the chances of being involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle are quite high. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Texas, it is important to get skilled representation from an Austin Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney as soon as possible.
It is common to associate vehicles such as semi-trucks or delivery trucks with commercial vehicles. What is not always understood is that any vehicle being used for business purposes can technically be considered a commercial vehicle. All vehicles that are used in a business capacity are required by law to be insured by a commercial car insurance policy.
Types of Commercial Vehicles
Here are some examples of common commercial vehicle types:
- Box, flatbed, car carrier, refrigerated, and liquid tanker big rigs
- Pump, dump, cement mixers and tow trucks
- Delivery van, cars, and trucks of all types
- Catering, lunch, or ice cream trucks
- “Paying” passenger cars or vans
- Taxicabs and limousines
- Garbage trucks
- Cargo vans
How Commercial Vehicle Accidents Differ
There are special circumstances and related variables when it comes to commercial vehicles accidents as opposed to accidents between two standard passenger cars on the road. Here are some examples:
Different laws and regulations governing the operation of the vehicle: Regarding freight transportation and construction vehicles, a higher standard of safety is required. Safety checks and driver limitations can be regulated by not only state authorities but also federal organizations, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This is directly related to the fact that many commercial vehicles are involved in inter as well as intra-state deliveries.
Larger insurance policies: Commercial vehicle policies are considerably bigger than the average personal auto policy. Because the dollar value goes up (many, many times over) the insurance carrier has much more to lose. This means they will do everything they can to deny or reduce their client’s liability. If they cannot completely avoid being held accountable, then they will toss out a lowball settlement offer, trying to get you to accept significantly less than your case is worth.
Higher risk for great property damage, catastrophic injury or death: In terms of sheer size, weight and the number of these vehicles driving on our roads, the ability to cause more damage increases. In commercial vehicle accidents, your injuries are potentially more severe, resulting in longer recovery periods, extended time lost from work, and more expensive medical bills. Commercial vehicle accidents are also common causes in wrongful death cases.
Requires an attorney with unique experience: When it comes to commercial vehicle accidents in Austin, TX, not all attorneys are the same! These accidents can be complex, involving negligent drivers, companies, or third parties, and big insurance. Don’t try to navigate a claim alone.
Dedicated and Compassionate Representation
At Treviño Trial Law you are not just a number. We understand that this is not just a claim to you, it is your life. When your future is at stake, you need answers. That is why we fight so hard on your behalf. We’re not afraid to take on large commercial carrier companies or their insurance. We prepare every case as if it will go to trial. Your best chance for recovering the maximum amount of compensation is to have a skilled legal team in your corner.
Treviño Trial Law Can Help – Call Us Today!
We understand the devastating toll a personal injury accident can take on you and your family. During this difficult time, it is important that you focus on getting better. Let Austin Personal Injury Attorney Jaime Treviño and his team take the steps necessary to get you the compensation that you deserve. You can recover for lost time/future earnings, medical bills and even pain and suffering in many cases.
Get justice and maximize the compensation you receive in a commercial vehicle accident claim. Let Treviño Trial be the dedicated accident attorney by your side. Don’t hesitate, reach out to us today. We are here to help – and your initial consultation is always free. Call (512) 401-3444 to get started.