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What Happens If I Get Into A Car Accident With A Commercial Vehicle?

Have you ever thought about the differences when getting involved in a car accident with a commercial vehicle?

When you’re involved in a car accident with another driver, the issue is typically straightforward. In the event someone hits your car, their insurance would pay for the damage to your car, your medical expenses, as well as your pain and suffering. A settlement agreement will most likely be reached with the insurer after you make a third-party claim.

But what happens when you are hit and injured by a commercial vehicle? Who is at fault and how you can get the compensation to pay for your recovery? An experienced personal injury attorney can advise you on your rights, research the situation, and help you recover the most compensation possible.

At The Joel Bieber Firm, we are here to help you receive legal justice and fair compensation for your auto accident. We will meet with you to discuss your injury and damages to determine the best course of legal action. Contact our team today. Your first consultation is free.

Examples of Commercial Vehicles

An employer-owned or leased vehicle, or a vehicle used for a business, is regarded as a commercial vehicle. Examples of commercial vehicles may include:

  • Fleet vehicles
  • Delivery trucks (Amazon, UPS, FedEx, USPS)
  • Moving company trucks
  • Construction company vehicles
  • Repair company vans
  • Utility company trucks
  • Gardening trucks
  • Food trucks
  • Refrigerator trucks
  • Grocery delivery vehicles
  • Ice cream trucks

In most cases, employers are responsible for the actions of their employees. If you were hit by a vehicle driven by a company employee, you may be able to recover compensation in a lawsuit against the company. The company may contest or dispute liability in some cases. What if, for example, the employee took the company car on a detour in order to run a personal errand? 

Personal injury claims are complex, and they may become even more complicated if there is a commercial vehicle involved. Your claim will have the best chance of success if you have a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.

What To Do If You Get Into An Accident With A Commercial Vehicle

If you’re involved in a car accident involving a commercial vehicle, contact a member of The Joel Bieber Firm. You should do everything that you would normally do following an accident:

  • Contact the police immediately
  • Get the other driver’s information 
  • Collect evidence (take photos, collect witness testimonies)
  • Seek medical attention and follow your doctor’s recommendations for recovery
  • Report the accident to your insurance company 
  • Connect with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible

If there is any “good news” when it comes to an accident with a commercial vehicle, it is that many companies have a higher amount of insurance on company-owned or leased vehicles. As a result, you may be entitled to more compensation. However, due to the enormous stakes, insurance companies and corporate counsel will vigorously defend their role in a collision and may even attempt to place the blame on you. If you don’t have an attorney, the insurance company may see an opportunity to offer you only a small percentage of the compensation you deserve. 

Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys For More Information 

If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, contact us at The Joel Bieber Firm to have a completely free consultation with a member of our team. Our attorneys are here to help you seek legal justice and fair compensation for your auto accident. We will meet with you to discuss your injury and damages and decide how best to proceed.