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When you’ve been in an accident, it’s important to know whether or not the other vehicle involved in your accident was a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). Certain vehicles, such as CMVs, are held to different sets of regulatory safety codes than others.
Definition of a Commercial Vehicle
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defines a CMV as a motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles used in commerce to transport passengers or property if the motor vehicle:
- Has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more)—whichever is greater—inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds), whichever is greater.
- Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more), whichever is greater.
- Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
- Is of any size and is used in the transportation of hazardous materials.
If the violation of a safety code was a contributing factor in you or your loved one’s accident, then the driver or trucking company may be held liable—or responsible—for your truck accident. As Ohio truck accident attorneys, it’s our job to hold companies that are out-of-compliance accountable for your injuries and losses.
Types of Commercial Vehicles
From tow trucks and tanks to garbage trucks and tractor trailers, there are a variety of trucks that are considered CMVs, including:
- Single-Unit Trucks
Trucks with two, three, or more axles
- Combination Unit Trucks
Truck tractors (a “bobtail” or tractor trailer without a trailer), trucks pulling trailers, truck tractors pulling semi-trailers, truck tractors pulling two trailers, and truck tractors pulling three trailers
- Cargo Trucks
Vans, livestock/auto carriers, flatbed trucks, lowboys, pole/logging trucks, tanks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, cement mixers, and more
How We Can Help
If your truck accident involved any of these commercial vehicles, you may have legal rights to compensation. An Ohio truck accident lawyer at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy can help you level the playing field against big truck companies and their insurance providers. It’s our job to determine what caused your accident and hold those responsible accountable.