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What are “commercial” vehicles?

Frankfort area drivers encounter commercial vehicles on the roads every day. Commercial vehicles are important for businesses to move their merchandise. But, how is a “commercial” vehicle defined?

In general, a commercial vehicle is one that is used for business purposes. These may include charter buses, semi-trucks and large delivery trucks. Drivers of commercial vehicles are required to have a commercial vehicle drivers license, which has more restrictions, including a lower blood alcohol content limit. A commercial vehicle is usually over 26,001 pounds, designed to transport at least 16 passengers or is of any size and used to transport hazerdous materials.

There are many commercial trucks on the roads around Frankfort. Interstates 64 and 75 are major thoroughfares for moving goods across the state and country. These trucks usually share the roads safely with other cars, but occasionally serious accidents occur. An accident involving a semi-truck often has terrible injuries involved because of the size difference between a passenger car and a tractor-trailer. If a family has a loved one who was involved in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury law. An attorney understands the laws regarding commercial vehicles and can investigate what happened to cause the accident. If negligence was a factor, compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages and other damages.

Commercial trucks are necessary to transport goods and people in Kentucky. But, occasionally, a commercial truck driver causes an accident that seriously injures a beloved family member. It is in these occasions that an attorney can help a family get the justice they deserve.

Source: injury.findlaw.com, “Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Overview“, accessed on Jan. 6, 2018

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