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Interstate Vs Intrastate Truck Accident Liability

If you have been involved in a truck accident, the type of commercial vehicle that hit you may affect your ability to recover damages. There is a different set of laws and regulations for interstate and intrastate commercial vehicles.

If you or a loved one were injured in a truck crash, whether it was traveling interstate or intrastate, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact a Connecticut truck accident attorney today to discuss your legal options.

To learn more about truck accident liability, fill out the Free Case Evaluation form on this page.

Interstate Trucks

When commercial trucks travel between states, this is referred to as interstate traffic. Listed below are some examples of interstate trucks:

  • UPS trucks
  • FedEx trucks
  • Logging trucks
  • Department store trucks
  • Private charter vehicles like Greyhounds

Commercial vehicles that travel interstate are regulated by the Department of Transportation and follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

If you were injured in a truck accident due to the negligent actions of another, you may be eligible for legal recourse. Fill out the contact form to speak with a member of our legal team about your collision.

Intrastate Trucks

Intrastate traffic refers to vehicles that work and transport cargo within one state. Some common intrastate vehicles include:

  • Gas trucks
  • Water trucks
  • Dump trucks
  • Transit buses
  • Garbage trucks
  • School buses
  • Fire trucks

Vehicles that travel intrastate are not regulated by the Department of Transportation; however, they must follow the state’s laws. For example, if you are injured in a garbage truck accident, your ability to recover losses will be determined by Connecticut’s laws.

Like many other states, Connecticut has adopted most of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for intrastate trucking; however, there are some exceptions:

  • Drivers of intrastate vehicles are required to be at least 18 years old; interstate truckers, on the other hand, must be 21.
  • Intrastate commercial vehicles must follow the FMCS’s regulations when the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or the gross combination weight rating is 18,001 pounds or greater.

Filing for a legal claim against an intrastate trucking company can be hard without the assistance of a lawyer. A truck accident lawyer who is well-versed in commercial litigation will know how to identify the negligent parties and file a claim against them.

Contact A Connecticut Truck Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation regardless of whether the truck was an interstate or intrastate vehicle. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers urges all injury victims to seek legal guidance following a truck accident.

At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our attorneys and staff are equipped to handle all types of truck accident cases. We offer free legal consultations to all accident victims in Connecticut. During your legal consultation, we will assess the merits of your claim and recommend the best course of action to pursue. In addition, we will determine truck accident liability and file a lawsuit against the appropriate parties.

We have offices in New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury and New London, and serve clients throughout Connecticut.