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What Is a Common Carrier and Why Is It Important?

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in commercial vehicle accidents on Friday, March 20, 2020. A common carrier, in the United States, is simply a vehicle that transports something for commercial purposes. A box truck could be a common carrier while transporting goods, for instance. A bus or a taxi count as common carriers while moving people from one location to another. Even larger vehicles, like commercial airliners, cruises ships and passengers trains fall into this category. One thing these have in common is that there is a fee. If you ride home with a friend after work, your friend is not a common carrier. If you pay a taxi driver to take you home, he or she is a common carrier. You're paying money for the [...]

2020-12-02T15:57:12+00:00March 20, 2020|Commercial Vehicle Accidents|

What To Do If You’re In An Uber Accident

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in commercial vehicle accidents on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The busy roads of Kansas City, Missouri, are full of vehicles of all kinds. Some of those, naturally, are commercial vehicles. Correspondingly, there are a significant number of commercial vehicle accidents, including ones that involve drivers for services like Uber. That leaves many people wondering what their legal options are in those cases. The initial impulse of someone whose person, vehicle or property was hit by an Uber driver, or who was in an Uber car that crashes, might want to sue both the driver and the company. However, drivers for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are not employees of those companies. They are independent contractors, and their status as such [...]

2020-12-02T15:55:50+00:00January 23, 2020|Commercial Vehicle Accidents|

Be Careful When Hiring a Charter Bus Company

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in commercial vehicle accidents on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. There are a wide array of vehicles on Kansas City, Missouri, roads. Correspondingly, there are occasionally commercial vehicle accidents. Those accidents include charter buses, so anyone choosing to use a charter bus company for the transportation of their group should do so carefully. Charter bus companies are often hired by schools, but many of those charter bus companies have a less than satisfactory rating. Ratings are assigned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Of course, that is cause for concern. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to protect the lives of those in your group when looking for a charter bus company to transport them. First, ask [...]

2020-12-02T15:54:42+00:00October 16, 2019|Commercial Vehicle Accidents|
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