Some Box Truck Accidents Are Treated Like Semi-Truck Accidents
Getting compensation after a semi-truck accident is often more difficult than getting compensation after an accident involving another passenger vehicle. However, victims of semi-truck accidents can often receive more money for their losses, due to more parties being liable and because they’re more likely to suffer serious injuries that require more compensation.
When box trucks are involved in crashes, the compensation claims that victims file may be similar to semi-truck accident claims, especially when a few criteria are met:
- They weigh at least 26,001 pounds: When box trucks weigh at least this much, they can only be driven by drivers with commercial driver’s licenses (CDL). Drivers with CDLs must follow more rules and regulations than drivers with ordinary licenses, which opens them up to more liability after crashes.
- They are used for interstate commerce: When box trucks are used to transport goods from one state to another, they must receive USDOT Numbers. These numbers mean that the vehicles are subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration guidelines, which means that the truck owners and companies have more responsibilities and duties.
- They are carrying hazardous materials: Trucks that weigh less than 26,001 pounds and that don’t cross state lines may still be subject to strict rules and regulations if they’re used to haul hazardous materials and cargo.
If you or someone you love was injured in a crash involving a box truck, you should contact an experienced Roanoke truck accident lawyer at Skolrood Law Firm right away. Depending on the type of truck involved in the crash, you may be eligible for significant compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.