What Kind Of Commercial Trucks Are There?

Accidents involving commercial trucks typically involve one of two types of trucks:  vocational trucks or over-the-road trucks, defined as follows:

  1. Vocational trucks: In general, a vocational truck is one that does more just pick-up and haul freight to a destination. Examples of vocational trucks are cement mixers, tow trucks, cranes, garbage trucks, and dump trucks.
  2. Over-the-road trucks: In general, a typical over-the-road truck brings goods from point A to point B. Examples of over-the-road trucks are 18-wheelers, semi-tractors, and tractor-trailers.

Types Of Semi Trucks

When most people think of big trucks, they think of semi trailers or “semis”.  A semi trailer has no front axle.

Instead of having a front axle, the weight of semi trailers is supported by (1) a tractor; (2) the tail of another trailer; or (3) a detachable front axle called a dolly.

There are many breeds of semi truck on the road.  Common examples you may have seen include:

  • Box
  • Bus
  • Bucket truck
  • Car carrier trailer (auto transport trailer)
  • Dry bulk
  • Dump
  • Flatbed
  • Lowboy
  • Refrigerator (“reefer”)
  • Tanker

 Vocational And Over-The-Road Trucks Are Dangerous

Most vocational trucks and over-the-road trucks are significantly heavier than other vehicles on the road.  This means that if you or a loved one is involved in a collision with one of these vehicles, the odds are stacked against you.  Injuries suffered in truck accidents involving vocational and over-the-road trucks tend to be more severe as a result.

Our Texas Truck Accident Lawyers Help Those Injured By Vocational And Over-The-Road Trucks

Whether your accident involved a vocational truck or an 18-wheeler, the Houston truck accident lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard are privileged to represent ordinary people who are hurt in trucking and other vehicle accidents.

Please contact us now for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your options. Your consultation will be kept secret, and it does not obligate you to hire our law firm or file a claim.

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