The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defines a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) as a self-propelled or towed vehicle used in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property. More specifically, a CMV must have a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more or be designed to transport more than 15 passengers. This includes everything from 18-wheelers and box trucks to heavy equipment vehicles and buses.
At Charles J. Argento, our Houston personal injury lawyer knows that being involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle in Texas can be life-changing for the occupants in much smaller cars, trucks, or SUVs because of the sheer size and weight differential.
Unfortunately, injury victims are often intimidated by the corporation behind commercial vehicles, which limits their ability to pursue the compensation they deserve. Whether it is a large trucking company, a construction company, or a charter company, the name behind the vehicle does not impact your rights to pursue compensation for your damages.
We can help ensure that this is true.
You Have the Right to Report the Accident
You should report the accident to the appropriate authorities, including local police or highway patrol, especially if there are injuries or significant property damage. A police report can be valuable in establishing the details of the accident.
When explaining to law enforcement what happened, be cautious when making statements about the accident, especially if you are uncertain about the facts or the extent of your injuries.
Avoid admitting fault, as this could impact your ability to seek compensation.
You Have the Right to Document the Accident and Collect Evidence
If you can do so safely, exchange information with the commercial vehicle driver, including the company the driver works for and any other parties involved in the accident. Gather all parties’ names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance information.
Document the scene by taking photos or videos of the vehicles involved and any essential surrounding details. This documentation can serve as evidence later on.
You Have the Right to Seek Medical Attention
You have the right to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. Your health and well-being should be your top priority, so do not delay medical treatment. Once a treatment plan is in place, follow all your doctor’s orders and attend all follow-up appointments.
You Have the Right to Legal Representation
You have the right to consult with an experienced commercial vehicle accident attorney who can advise you on your rights, guide you through the legal process, and help you pursue compensation from the responsible party, which may include the commercial vehicle driver, their employer, or other potentially liable parties.
Once we establish liability, you may be entitled to compensation for various damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and other related costs. If your injuries have long-term or permanent consequences, you have the right to seek compensation for future medical expenses and ongoing losses.
Contact Our Houston Commercial Accident and Injury Attorney Today
At Charles J. Argento, our experienced personal injury attorney in Houston, we can help you understand your rights fully and receive personalized guidance on protecting your interests and pursuing the compensation you deserve after a commercial vehicle accident. Schedule a free consultation by calling (713)-225-5050 or contacting us online so that together, we can pursue justice by holding the negligent person or combination of parties liable for your full financial recovery.