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What are some basic points I should know about truck accidents?

Being involved in a crash that involves a semi-truck or any other large vehicle can lead to very serious effects. Trying to decide what you should do after the accident can be difficult. If you were involved in an accident that was caused by a commercial truck, you should understand some basic points.

What is a commercial truck?

A commercial truck is any vehicle that is used to move commercial goods or one that is used for business purposes. Generally, tanker trucks, semi-trucks, delivery trucks, hazardous material trucks and other large trucks are considered commercial trucks. In most cases, drivers of these trucks will have to hold a commercial driver's license. One exception to this is when a delivery truck is a smaller truck, such as a furniture delivery truck. In that case, the vehicle is commercial but the driver doesn't hold a commercial driver's license.

What should I do if I'm hit by a commercial truck?

You should seek medical care for your injuries so that you have documentation about what is wrong with you. You might also decide to seek compensation for the damages you suffered in the accident. This can include medical bills, property damage costs and other damages like missed wages.

If you are considering a personal injury lawsuit for the truck crash, you should understand that you will need to show the connection between the commercial truck, the accident and your damages. These are all necessary elements for your case. The more information and proof you have, the stronger your case against the defendants in the case.

Source: FindLaw, "Truck Accident FAQ," accessed Feb. 12, 2016

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