Commercial trucks are typically based on a vehicle’s weight rating, which is sometimes known as its GVWR. Weight classes range from 1-8. GVWR classifications exist in order to make sure that trucks are not overloaded beyond a safe operating weight.
Below, our experienced truck accident lawyers will discuss the various types of commercial trucks a motorist may encounter on California’s roadways. If you have suffered injuries as a result of a trucking accident, the experienced truck accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are always here to answer any questions you may have about truck accident claims and damages.
Extra Duty Trucks. These heavy trucks are primarily used to carry large machinery or equipment. They are typically extra long, move very slowly, and require special permits to operate.
18 Wheelers. These trucks are very common and are sometimes known as big rigs or semi trucks. 18 wheelers are known for having enclosed trailers and large sliding doors at the back of the truck. What is thought of as the typical 18 wheeler has an enclosed trailer with a large sliding entrance at the rear of the truck. 18 wheelers are the first type of commercial truck that people think of.
18 wheelers require a commercial driver’s license and are very difficult to operate largely because of the trailer and the tractor or truck.
Flatbed Trucks. These trucks are part truck and part trailer. The trailer portion is flat and open. Much like extra duty trucks, flatbeds are made to transport heavy equipment and large machinery.
Due to the weight and size of the cargo being transported, an accident with a flatbed can have more severe consequences than with an 18 wheeler.
Tanker Trucks. These types of commercial trucks are part truck and part liquid carrying trailer. As they typically carry flammable liquids or corrosive material, they are necessarily subject to special regulations.
Dump Trucks. We’ve all seen these on the freeway. These trucks are of course used to carry used construction materials. They can also be the familiar trash truck that makes the rounds around the neighborhood. The danger of a trash truck is that it often must back up. It is common for a dump truck driver to not see a vehicle behind it and back into it, causing property damage and injuries.