Most of us don’t give much thought to the different classes of vehicles out on the road. A car is a car, a truck is a truck, right? While that’s true, the law separates vehicles into categories based on a number of factors, such as their weight, their purpose, and their cargo. There are also various types of driver’s licenses connected to each one that a person must obtain before he or she can legally operate a vehicle within that category. A vehicle’s classification and that of a driver’s license can be extremely important when there is an accident. A successful personal injury suit can hinge on these details.
Attorney Chris J. Roy, Jr. knows how to create an effective case to secure maximum compensation. By choosing the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm, you will benefit from nearly three decades of experience and skilled representation. If you have suffered a serious injury or lost someone you love in a commercial vehicle accident in Alexandria, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Grant Parish, or anywhere in Central Louisiana, contact common carrier wreck attorney Chris J. Roy, Jr. by calling 1-318-487-9537.
Here in Louisiana, there are five general kinds of licenses: three for commercial drivers, one for chauffeurs, and one for those who want to drive a personal vehicle (those who want to operate motorcycles must get an endorsement to their existing license).
- Class A drivers are considered combination vehicle permit holders who can drive all commercial vehicles or a combination of commercial vehicles with a gross weight of 26,001 lbs. or more.
- Class B drivers are considered heavy straight vehicle permit holders who can drive any vehicle within Classes C, D, and E, plus any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of more than 26,001 lbs.
- Class C drivers are considered light vehicle permit holders who can drive any vehicle within Classes D and E, plus any single vehicle less than 26,001 lbs.
- Class D drivers are considered chauffeur’s license holders who can drive any vehicle within Class E plus any single motor vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property if the motor vehicle has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) between 10,001 lbs. and 26,000 lbs.
- Class E drivers are considered personal vehicle holders who can drive any single motor vehicle under 10,001 lbs. GVWR or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 lbs. GVWR.
Federal law defines a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) as one with a GVWR of 10,001 lbs. or more used in commerce to transport property or a certain number of passengers. Louisiana law further defines a commercial vehicle to mean every vehicle used or operated upon the public highway in connection with any business function except that of a common, contract, or charter carrier, and except vehicles owned and used by churches, church schools, and religious orders for their purposes.
So what is a common carrier? Generally, it is an individual or company that transports goods or people and that is responsible for any possible loss of the goods during transport. These services are offered to the public under authority given by a regulatory agency. It can be hard to tell sometimes in what capacity a vehicle is being used. For example, UPS, FedEx, and DHL offer so many services and have so many corporate divisions that it can be difficult to sort through the layers to get to the root of any shipment.
Courier vans, limousines, and box trucks are just some of the vehicles out there sharing the road, and they carry with them some particular risks. Delivery services that are under time constraints. Cargo that shifts en route. Insufficiently trained drivers on unfamiliar roads. Tired, impaired, or distracted drivers taking shortcuts like speeding, failing to use directional signals, not completely stopping at stop signs or before turning right on red. Some are independent contractors; some are employees. Some may not be properly licensed or insured. Any of these scenarios can result in traffic wrecks, leaving innocent people with serious injuries – or worse.
Central Louisiana delivery truck accident lawyer Chris J. Roy Jr., founder of the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm, understands that life after an accident can be overwhelming. He seeks to ease the financial, mental, and physical burden that the litigation process can add by consistently communicating with you, as well as handling the complicated details so you can focus on your recovery. While the firm is large enough to supply the necessary resources to handle any type of personal injury, it is also small enough to provide the individual attention that your case deserves. Chris J. Roy, Jr. will carefully examine all possible avenues for compensation to make sure you get the best recovery possible. A trusted advocate, Chris has handled hundreds of crash claims and takes pride in helping accident victims in Alexandria and throughout Louisiana.
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