When we hail a cab, board a bus or get stuck behind an 18-wheeler in traffic, we are likely not giving much -- or any -- thought to the fact that these are all commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles include buses, trucks, taxis, limos, delivery vans, shuttles and other types of motor vehicles that transport people or goods.
After a serious accident, you can be enormously overwhelmed by everything that seems to happen in the blink of an eye. Injuries need medical attention; your car may be completely destroyed; you have to speak with insurance agents and police officers.
As one can imagine, when a passenger car collides with an 18-wheeler, it can be catastrophic for the driver of the smaller vehicle. Such was the case for one driver who was critically injured on Saturday, Dec. 19, in an accident in Augusta.
One of the major responsibilities that commercial vehicle owners and operators have is to make sure their vehicles are safe and properly maintained. These enormous vehicles can sustain heavy wear-and-tear due to the fact that they travel long distances and often carry very heavy cargo.
Any motor vehicle accident can change your life in the blink of an eye. But when a crash is major, the aftermath may not just be life-changing; it could be life-threatening.