Motor vehicle accidents come in all shapes and forms. With a large number of different vehicles on the roads, the chances for an accident are plenty. Drivers of cars of all sizes, motorcycles, semi-trucks, and recreational vehicles can all cause accidents that result in significant damage to your vehicle and person. When that happens, it’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to help you seek the compensation you need for a proper recovery.
While filing a personal injury claim against a driver of a personal vehicle is relatively straightforward, the law becomes more complex when an accident involves a commercial vehicle. Because a commercial vehicle is used for commercial or business purposes, it’s generally owned by a company or corporation who hires drivers to deliver or transport goods. Because of this, it can be difficult to determine exactly who is liable for the accident when a commercial vehicle crashes into you.
Commercial vehicles come in a variety of different types but all can cause you significant personal injury if they cause an accident with you. Commercial vehicles can be:
- Delivery vans
- Box trucks
- Cargo vans
- Catering trucks
- Cement trucks
- Construction vehicles
- Tow trucks
- Refrigerated trucks
- Garbage truck
These are just a few of the many different types of commercial vehicles that share the road with you every day. An accident can occur with one of these vehicles while driving on the road or even in a parking lot. No matter where it occurs if the commercial vehicle caused the accident through some form of negligence then you have the basis of a claim.
Negligence is the main principle that needs to be shown in any successful personal injury claim. This is where the law can get tricky. If the driver of the commercial vehicle exhibits negligence while driving such as speeding, running a stop sign or red light, or being distracted while driving then the negligence falls on the driver. However, the company itself may also be liable depending on the circumstances of the accident, especially if they inadequately trained the driver or allowed a poorly-maintained vehicle to go on the roads.
Commercial vehicles also carry special insurance protection which can make getting the compensation you deserve more difficult. Fishkill attorney Ira M. Maurer has over 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of those who’ve suffered because of another’s negligence. He can help you navigate these complex areas of the law so that you can focus on your recovery without worrying about how your medical and/or rehabilitation bills will be paid.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by a commercial vehicle, it’s important that you speak with an experienced, dedicated attorney as soon as possible. Please call the Maurer Law Firm today at 845-896-5295 to schedule your free consultation with Mr. Maurer. He proudly represents those who live in and near Fishkill, Myers Corner, Beacon, Legrangeville, and other nearby areas of the Hudson Valley, New York.