What Is a Commercial Vehicle?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act defines commercial vehicle as:

  • Motor vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property that:
    • Has a gross vehicle weight/gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or greater
    • Is designated to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver
    • Is used to transport certain quantities of “hazardous materials” as defined in 49 CFR  383.5.

The Texas Motor Carrier Safety Act defines a commercial vehicle in the same way, except the Act exempts farm vehicles operated intrastate when the vehicle has a gross weight of less than 48,000 lbs, self-propelled oil and water well servicing and drilling equipment, mobiles cranes, cotton seed modules or concrete pumps.

More simply put, a commercial vehicle is any kind of vehicle that is used solely for the benefit of a business. It could be a truck, van, car, taxi or bus and will generally be registered and insured under the company’s name.  

Who is Liable When a Commercial Vehicle Gets in an Accident?

If you've been in an accident with a commercial vehicle in DFW and it was the other driver's fault, the business that owns the vehicle will be responsible for paying for your injuries. 

The company’s insurance policy will cover your medical bills and lost wages. For commercial vehicle accident victims, this is good news because the commercial trucking businesses generally have larger insurance policies than an individual car driver.

If you have been hurt in a commercial vehicle accident in Texas, contact the Anderson Law Firm for help with your legal questions. Our attorneys have years of experience with commercial vehicle accident claims and trials and can help you get on the path to recovery after your accident. 

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Mark A. Anderson
Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas