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Commercial Vehicle Accidents

You Shouldn’t Have To Pay For Someone Else’s Negligence

Commercial vehicles are larger than most vehicles on the road, and they often carry heavy freight. Despite the additional training that drivers must complete to obtain a commercial driver’s license, they sometimes fail to adhere to the heightened safety standards that are required of them.

Motor vehicle accidents involving commercial vehicles are often catastrophic or even fatal. If you have been injured, or someone you love has been killed, in an accident caused by a commercial vehicle, you are probably experiencing a range of emotions. Anger, grief and confusion, combined with the physical and financial stress of a serious injury, can create a situation that is overwhelming for many.

Professional, Compassionate Representation

At this difficult time, it is important to understand your legal rights and options, so you can make informed decisions for yourself and your family. Jeff Carter Law Offices, P.C., can help. We have 30 years of combined experience representing individuals and families who have suffered the devastating effects of motor vehicle accidents caused by the negligence of others.

Our attorneys are highly skilled trial lawyers and counselors who have helped injured clients achieve multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements to pay for their medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, property damages, and pain and suffering. We provide compassionate, personalized attention to each of our clients, with a focus on helping them obtain justice and full compensation, so they can move forward with their lives from the best possible position.

Our firm represents clients injured by a wide variety of commercial vehicles, including:

  • Trucks
  • Delivery vans
  • Semitrucks and tractor-trailers
  • Freight vehicles
  • Buses
  • Taxis
  • Coaches
  • Government vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Here are some of the questions our firm hears most often:

What types of commercial vehicles can cause accidents?

Federal motor carrier safety regulations define a commercial vehicle as any that weighs 10,001 pounds or more, is meant to transport more than 15 people (including its driver) or requires a placard notifying others that it is transporting a large quantity of hazardous materials. That includes:

  • Tractor-trailer (semis)
  • Certain delivery trucks
  • Medium or large box trucks
  • Buses (including school buses)
  • Tanker trucks and refrigerated vehicles
  • Flatbed trucks
  • Construction vehicles

Even garbage trucks and some farm equipment can qualify as commercial vehicles.

What qualifies a DOT-recordable accident?

The Department of Transportation keeps track of collisions involving commercial vehicles. To that end, truck accidents that meet the criteria outlined in Section 390.5 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations must be reported. These involve any accident where:

  • A vehicle had to be towed away from the scene of the crash
  • Someone suffers a bodily injury and needs transport for immediate medical care
  • There were fatalities (whether they occurred at the scene or in a hospital afterward)

Investigating the DOT-recordable accidents involving a specific trucker or their employer can help provide insight into problematic behavior or a history of negligence.

How common are commercial vehicle accidents in Omaha and Des Moines?

Both Omaha, Nebraska, and Des Moines, Iowa, are important places in the U.S. transportation industry – but that means accidents involving commercial vehicles are frequent.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation indicates that buses, semis, utility vehicles and other heavy trucks were involved in more than 5,000 Omaha accidents in 2020 (the last year for which records are currently available).

The Iowa Department of Transportation does not have city-specific data on truck crashes available, but the agency’s records indicate that more than 3,800 crashes each year involve semis and other heavy trucks within the state.

Contact Jeff Carter Law Offices, P.C.

If you have been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, call our Des Moines commercial vehicle accident attorneys for a free consultation to discuss your options. We can be reached at 515-644-4871 or 402-979-8675. You can also contact us via email.

Our firm serves clients throughout Iowa, and we are also equipped to handle cases in Nebraska, Minnesota and Georgia. In-home, weekend and evening appointments are available upon request. Personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no attorney fees unless we win compensation for you.