What is a "commercial truck?"

Two Commerical Trucks Being Loaded at a WarehouseA commercial truck is a vehicle used in the course of business and/or for the transport of commercial goods. Examples of a commercial truck include eighteen-wheeler tractor trailers, tanker trucks, delivery vehicles, and other large freight trucks. If you are involved in a crash with a truck, it is important to know whether it is considered a commercial vehicle, as that will complicate any legal action. Crashes with commercial vehicles often involve federal regulations, trucking companies, drivers, cargo loaders, and more.

Definition of a Commercial Motor Vehicle

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) as a motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles used in commerce to transport passengers or property if the motor vehicle has any of the following:

  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds inclusive of a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds
  • Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver
  • Is of any size and is used in the transportation of materials found to be hazardous for the purposes of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and which require the motor vehicle to be placarded under the Hazardous Materials Regulations

Keller & Keller Understand Indiana Commercial Truck Accident Claims

Call our Indianapolis truck accident lawyer if you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck in Indiana. We understand the complications involved in a commercial truck accident and will walk you through your case step by step.


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