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What Is Considered a Truck in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, most vehicles that people commonly call “trucks” are legally recognized as commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). This definition aligns with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidelines, which set forth specific criteria for classifying vehicles as CMVs.

This is more than just splitting hairs over words. A CMV classification is crucial when discussing a truck accident injury case because it brings forth a different set of regulations and standards than an accident between passenger vehicles.

So, what exactly constitutes a CMV in South Carolina? According to the FMCSA, a vehicle is a CMV if:

  • It has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 26,001 pounds or more, including towed units with gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWRs) or gross vehicle weights exceeding 10,000 pounds.
  • It has a GVWR or gross vehicle weight of 26,001 pounds or more, irrespective of any towed units.
  • It is designed to transport at least sixteen passengers, including the driver.
  • It is used to transport hazardous materials. This includes vehicles of all sizes, not just large trucks that transport materials deemed hazardous by law.