Accidents Involving Box Trucks
What is a Box Truck?
Box truck accidents are collisions involving the trucks commonly used for deliveries and/or moving known as box trucks. Box trucks are also called cube trucks, cube vans, moving vans, rolling toasters, box van or straight trucks. Typically, they are characterized by a roll up door, a cube-shaped cargo container on the back and often have lifts or roll out ramps for easy loading and unloading. They may be class 4, 5 or 6 medium duty trucks with weight ranges of 14,000 to 26,000 lbs.
More Maneuverability but Less Vision
Box trucks look a lot like a smaller version of a big rig. They are more compact than larger class 8 commercial trucks, giving them greater maneuverability on the road. Unfortunately, their large box-shaped cargo area still has many of the visibility disadvantages of large trucks in that the blind spots can make cars to the rear and sides difficult to see.
Higher Risk of Inexperienced Moving Truck Driver
Box trucks are commonly rented out to the general public as moving vans. The problem with this is that the average person does not have a commercial drivers license and may not be familiar with all of the blind spots, increased stopping distances and other variations large commercial vehicles have. So, you may be driving next to someone operating a large, heavily-loaded truck who has never been behind the wheel of one before.
Unsafe Lane Changes by Box Trucks
Regardless of their disadvantages, box trucks are still required to follow the same rules of the road as other drivers in addition to applicable federal regulations. This means it is up to them to be sure the lanes are clear when they go to change lanes. This is true of both the professional box truck drivers and the inexperienced moving van operators.
Contact An Attorney
There is a very large number of box trucks on the road due to their wide variety of uses. If you have been in an accident with a commercial truck, call us today to learn your rights. Our consultation is free. 1-800-298-0111.
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