Interstate vs. Intrastate Truck Collision Liability

Most motorists can identify the type of truck they were involved in a collision with, yet many will not be aware if the truck was an interstate or intrastate vehicle. Knowing whether the vehicle or company who hired the truck driver was interstate or intrastate can make a difference when figuring out who is liable for the collision.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration notes that in 2011 more than 273,000 large trucks were involved in crashes. Additionally, approximately 504,000 motor carriers were registered throughout the United States in 2012 and an additional 15,465 intrastate hazardous material motor carriers were registered.

There are about 3 million interstate commercial vehicle drivers in the United States and 900,000 intrastate drivers.

In Arizona specifically there were more than 421,000 commercial vehicles registered. Approximately 68, 200 different types of intrastate and interstate trucks were involved in accidents in 2011. Each day hundreds of thousands of drivers take to the roadways to deliver goods within or outside of the state and Arizona statistics indicate that out of all reported collisions, 34% of involved these types of trucks.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an interstate or intrastate truck crash caused by a negligent driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.

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Interstate vs. Intrastate

Commercial driving is not specific to any one type of mode of transportation which is why it may be referred to as interstate of intrastate.

Intrastate commercial driving must meet the following criteria:

  • Driving from one state to another
  • Driving within the same state, but the vehicle route takes the driver through another state to reach their destination
  • Driving between two locations within the state, but the cargo originated in or is being shipped to another state

Interstate commerce refers to drivers whose routes only take them within the state. Furthermore the insurance policy requirement for interstate vs. intrastate driving varies in some state. In Arizona, trucks travelling between or within the state must have $5 million of liability insurance except private or for-hire trucks that weigh 10,000 pounds or more and is carrying hazardous materials.

Types of Interstate vs. Intrastate Vehicles

Commercial vehicles are the most common types of trucks a person will see traveling within the state or to another states carrying different types of cargo. However, there are many other types of interstate and intrastate vehicles that are commonly seen every day on the road.

Some types of interstate vehicles include:

  • Logging Trucks
  • Commercial Motor Vehicles such as Semi-Trailers
  • Department Store Semi-Trailers
  • FedEx Vehicles
  • UPS Trucks
  • Charter Buses

Certain companies such as FedEx and UPS have various types of vehicles in their fleet including semi-trailers and box trucks.

Some common types of intrastate vehicles include:

Most frequently drivers will see various types on intrastate vehicles near construction zones and buses are usually used for public transportation which falls into the intrastate classification.

Contact our Phoenix Truck Accident Attorney

If you or loved one has been involved in a truck accident with an interstate or intrastate vehicle, the victim may be entitled to compensation. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you determine if you may be eligible to make a claim against the negligent party who caused the collision.

At Phillips Law Group we are determined to help injury victims fight for their right to fair and just compensation. For years we have provided comprehensive legal counsel to those in the Phoenix, Arizona area; we are also proud to represent those affected by a collision in the surrounding Phoenix area including:

and many more surrounding towns and cities. To find out how we may be able to help you with your claim, contact us at 1-800-300-7600. One of our steadfast intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your claim after a few preliminary questions. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.

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