In the state of California and beyond, a commercial vehicle is one that is used for business purposes. Most people believe that a commercial vehicle is a large truck, but this is not always the case. Technically, any vehicle that is used for commercial purposes can be considered to be a commercial vehicle and is subject to specific insurance laws.
Commercial trucks and vehicles include, but are not limited to:
- Passenger vehicle
- Passenger bus
- Box truck
- Cargo van
- Cement mixer
- Ice cream truck
- Pickup truck
- Sport utility vehicle
As can be seen, vehicles that are typically considered to be passenger vehicles are also on the list of commercial vehicles. How these cars and trucks are classified depends on how they are used. For example, if Sue owns an SUV that she uses to get to work, it is considered a personal vehicle. If Marcus owns the same SUV but drives it to haul materials and get back and forth to a work site, it could be considered a commercial vehicle. An insurance agent or DMV employee can be of assistance in determining what type of classification a vehicle should have.
When a person is injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle, they may have the right to compensation for injuries, time out of work and more. Reach out to our office to schedule a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney. We will review your case and advise you of your legal options. No person should have to suffer financially due to someone’s negligence.