NH Truck Crash Lawyers: Collisions With Commercial Vehicles

Date:February 28, 2017

According to the NH truck crash lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman, collisions can happen anywhere and at any time. More and more, these crashes involve distracted drivers. In New Hampshire, a comparatively small state, traffic fatalities have been rising higher than the national average. In some instances, crashes involve a commercial vehicle. Liability in these case may rest not just with the driver and their insurance company, but also with the company that owns the truck involved.

What is a Commercial Vehicle?

There are a number of different types of these vehicles. A commercial motor vehicle is one that is used on state and interstate roadways to transport people and property. The other requirements for a commercial motor vehicle are:

  • A gross vehicle rating or weight of more than 10,001 pounds
  • Transports more than eight people for compensation
  • Transports more than fifteen people not for compensation
  • Is used to transport material deemed hazardous by the Department of Transportation

There are a number of requirements in order for a vehicle to be classified a commercial motor vehicle. For the most part these are large vehicles that can cause a significant amount of personal and property damage.

Crashes Involving Commercial Vehicles

Because of the size and weight of these vehicles, collisions with commercial trucks often cause devastating injuries and, sometimes, have fatal results. If you or a loved one have been involved in a crash that involved a commercial motor vehicle, there are some important items to know. In cases involving commercial motor vehicles, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has listed a number of items that need to be recorded. These include

  • The date of the crash
  • The city or town nearest where the crash happened
  • The driver

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