Amount of Compensation for Victims of Truck Accidents May Depend of the
Type of Motor Carrier Involved
There is a key legal distinction between an interstate motor carrier and
an intrastate motor carrier. An interstate motor carrier is generally
defined as a trucking company that hauls goods or provides services across
state lines. An intrastate trucking company is usually a company that
only operates within the State of Georgia. This may include log trucks.
Interstate motor carriers are usually required to maintain at least $1,000,000.00
in liability coverage. These carriers are also subject to stringent requirements
set by federal law. Intrastate motor carriers, however, are subject to
state regulations but not all federal regulations related to safety and
insurance coverage. Therefore, an intrastate carrier, under some circumstances,
may not be required to carry more that $100,000 in liability coverage.
If you are victim of a trucking accident involving an intrastate motor
carrier, it is very important that your attorney review your insurance
coverage to see if additional funds are available for your severe injuries.
Also, it is important to determine whether there are theories of liability
available for the shipper, broker, or loading company involved in the
case. Though important in all cases, this is particularly an area of concern
in a case involving an intrastate motor carrier because the more parties
who are assigned liability for the accident, the more compensation that
is available to the victim.
When you or your loved one is a victim of a truck accident, you should
not attempt to sort out these legal distinctions alone. You need a Georgia
trucking accident attorney that is familiar with the differences between
intrastate and interstate motor carriers as well as the insurance implications
associated with these cases. At Ferguson & Paisley, we have handled
cases for truck accident victims in cases involving both intrastate and
interstate motor carriers and we stand ready to assist you with these