What is Considered a Commercial Vehicle in North Carolina?

December 17, 2020 | By Riddle & Brantley Accident Injury Lawyers
What is Considered a Commercial Vehicle in North Carolina?

Roads and highways are heavily trafficked by trucks and tractor-trailers. These vehicles are subject to trucking rules and regulations, but you might be wondering, “What is considered a commercial vehicle?”

In this article, we’ll break down exactly what makes a truck, van, or tractor-trailer a commercial vehicle.

Commercial Vehicle Accidents in North Carolina

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Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Commercial Vehicles 

Commercial vehicle designation depends on a vehicle’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). GVWR is a rating that is determined by the vehicle manufacturer. It represents the maximum combined weight of the:

  • vehicle
  • cargo
  • passengers
  • fuel
  • and other fluids
What is Considered a Commercial Vehicle in North Carolina

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS), vehicles with a GVWR of 10,001 lbs. or more that are used a part of a business (including a non-profit organization) and cross state lines are considered “commercial motor vehicles.”

This commercial vehicle definition applies to both single trucks and vans, as well as combination vehicles such as tractor-trailers or trucks pulling other equipment.

At a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more, a commercial vehicle is also subject to additional rules and regulations, including the requirement that drivers obtain a Commercial Driver’s License and submit to drug and alcohol testing.

Other Commercial Vehicles 

There are certain exceptions to the criteria above.

In North Carolina, vehicles carrying hazardous materials and certain passenger-carrying vehicles are considered commercial vehicles regardless of GVWR.

For more information on commercial vehicle designations in North Carolina, please visit the NCDPS FAQ page.

Rules and Regulations for Commercial Vehicles in North Carolina

Commercial vehicles are subject to specific trucking rules and regulations.

These include:

  • Hours of service rules
  • Truck insurance rules
  • Truck accident reporting rules

Federal and state agencies regulate the trucking industry in North Carolina. These agencies include the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS).

Failure to follow rules and regulations pertaining to trucks and commercial vehicles is generally considered an act of negligence, and may play an important part in determining the outcome of a truck accident claim.

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Injured in a Commercial Vehicle Accident in North Carolina?

If you’ve been injured in a truck, van, or other commercial vehicle accident in North Carolina, our personal injury lawyers are ready to help you fight for justice however we can.

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Truck accidents and commercial vehicle accidents often involve a significant amount of evidence and a comprehensive truck accident investigation may be required to determine liability. At Riddle & Brantley, our award-winning truck accident lawyers (see disclaimer below) are supported by a team of experienced accident investigators who can help prove liability.

In some cases, we’ll even bring in outside experts like accident reconstructionists and commercial vehicle safety experts to help strengthen our clients’ cases. In a recent tractor-trailer accident case, we even subpoenaed traffic data from Google Maps in order to prove liability. That case resulted in a total settlement of $9.45 million (see disclaimer below).

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