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Types of Trucks & Large Commercial Vehicles

Not all accidents are caused by tractor-trailers. For instance, do you know the difference between a dump truck and a garbage truck? To help you understand, here are a few types of trucks that could cause an accident. And remember, if you get into an auto accident with a truck, contact Munley Law immediately for a free consultation.

  • Dump Truck: A dump truck or production truck is a truck used for transporting loose material (such as sand, gravel, or dirt) for construction. dump-truck-tractor-trailer-lawyersA typical dump truck is equipped with a hydraulically operated open-box bed hinged at the rear, the front of which can be lifted up to allow the contents to be deposited on the ground behind the truck at the site of delivery.
  • Eighteen Wheeler: A Semi-Truck configuration consisting of 18 wheels.
  • Flatbed Truck: A flatbed truck is a type of truck which can be either articulated or rigid. It has an entirely flat, level body with absolutely no sides or roof. This allows for quick and easy loading of goods, and consequently they are used to transport heavy loads that are not delicate or vulnerable to precipitation, such as construction equipment, and also for abnormal loads that require more space than is available on a closed body.
  • Garbage Truck: A waste collection vehicle (WCV), is a truck specially designed to pick up smaller quantities of waste and haul it to landfills and other recycling or treatment facilities. They are a common sight in most urban areas.
  • types-of-trucks-tractor-trailer-lawyersHeavy Trucks: Heavy trucks are the largest trucks allowed on the road. They are mostly used for long-haul purposes, often in semi-trailer or B-double configuration.
  • Panel Truck: A panel truck is a windowless cargo van built on a truck chassis. Similar in function to its smaller cousin, the sedan delivery; which is a station wagon with no backseat, and no side windows aft of the front doors. Both types of vehicles are frequently used for delivery of flowers, retail bakery products, diapers, laundry, and other consumer conveniences.
  • Semi-Trailer Truck: A semi-trailer truck or tractor-trailer (colloquially known as a transfer truck, 18-wheeler, semi, or big-rig in the U.S.; as a semi in Australia, and Canada; and as an articulated lorry (artic), or truck and trailer in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand) is an articulated truck or lorry consisting of a towing engine (tractor in the U.S., prime mover in Australia, and truck in the UK, Canada and New Zealand), and a semi-trailer (plus possible additional trailers) that carries the freight.
  • Tanker Truck: A tank truck is a motor vehicle designed to carry liquefied loads, dry bulk cargo or gasses on roads. The largest such vehiclessemi-trailer-trucks-tractor-trailer-lawyers are similar to railroad tank cars which are also designed to carry liquefied loads. Many variants exist due to the wide variety of liquids that can be transported. Tank trucks tend to be large; they may be insulated or non-insulated; pressurized or non-pressurized; and designed for single or multiple loads (often by means of internal divisions in their tank). Some are semi-trailer trucks.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a commercial trucking accident, you need the experienced lawyers of Munley Law to protect your rights. Large trucking companies have their own investigators and attorneys fighting for them, you need someone on your side.

Munley Law charges clients of personal injury claims on a contingency basis. What that means is the attorney is only paid if he or she wins money damages for you – the client. This makes it possible for anyone to hire only the best lawyer. It gives everyone access to the justice system and representation that is equal to the best that insurance companies, doctors and other defendants can hire. Contact the lawyers of Munley Law for a free consultation.