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Commercial vehicles are typically large vehicles that require more skill and experience to operate than standard passenger vehicles. To ensure public safety, drivers of commercial vehicles must undergo rigorous training to obtain their commercial driver license (CDL). Commercial vehicles must also pass frequent inspections to ensure that they are safe to be on the road. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 499,000 crashes involving large trucks in 2018. Of those crashes, 4,415 (1 percent) resulted in fatalities, and 107,000 (21 percent) resulted in injuries. If you have been injured or lost a family member in a commercial vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss. The Denver commercial vehicle accident lawyers at Fuicelli & Lee can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today by calling (303) 355-7202.
Why Choose Fuicelli & Lee
- As a boutique law firm, we don’t measure our success by the volume of cases we handle, but by the difference we make in our clients’ lives.
- We care about our clients. We specifically limit our case docket to ensure every client receives our undivided attention.
- Many firms are intimidated to go to trial and don’t have the experience needed to win in court. All of our attorneys are former prosecutors with over 20 years of experience.
If you have suffered injuries or the loss of a family member from a commercial vehicle accident, call us today at (303) 355-7202 to schedule a consultation with one of our expert attorneys. We offer free initial case consultations.
What Is a Commercial Vehicle?
Under Colorado state law, a commercial vehicle is defined as any vehicle with the following characteristics:
- A gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more used in commerce;
- A vehicle designed to carry 16 or more passengers, including the driver, except school buses
- Any vehicle that does not have a gross vehicle weight of 26,001 or more pounds and is owned; or operated by a school district that does not receive remuneration for its use;
- Any vehicle designed or equipped to transport other vehicles by towing, pulling, or lifting when used in commerce; and
- Any vehicle that is used to transport large quantities of hazardous materials that require placarding by regulation.
Any person operating a commercial vehicle must have a CDL.
Required Vehicle Insurance Coverage
In Colorado, every vehicle owner is required to carry a minimum liability policy in the following amounts:
- $25,000 to cover bodily injury or death for one person in an accident;
- $50,000 to cover bodily injury or death for all persons in an accident; and
- $15,000 for property damage.
While this is the prescribed minimum, vehicle owners can get policies that provide more coverage. It is an offense for any vehicle owner to allow their vehicles to be operated without the minimum insurance coverage. Whether they are using employee drivers or contract drivers, they must take financial responsibility for the operation of their vehicles.
Who Is Responsible for My Injury in a Denver Commercial Vehicle Accident?
When in use for business, commercial vehicle owners are responsible for any losses caused by the operation of their vehicles, even when the vehicle is not operated by the owner. For instance the vehicle could be operated by a contract or temp driver, making intrastate deliveries and the vehicle owner could still be financially responsible for any injury caused by the vehicle.
Contact a Denver Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney
If you are injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle, you should consult with a commercial vehicle accident attorney who can assess your case and explain your rights in the circumstances. To find out more, call the experienced Denver injury attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee at (303) 355-7202 for a free initial consultation.