Interstate vs. Intrastate Motor Carriers
Many people confuse the two words interstate and intrastate on a daily basis, there is clearly, a big difference in the definition of the two, and there is quite a bit of depth to their meaning when it comes to the appropriate certification for each truck in a commercial fleet. Each commercial vehicle is insured, and the how responsibility falls during civil lawsuits. The term Intrastate means that the goods being shipped on any type of commercial vehicle will be staying within the bounds of the state it originates from, for example a partial load is picked up from a manufacturer in Temple, Texas and is delivered to Diboll, Texas. The goods never left the state of Texas.
Interstate means that if a shipment is picked up at the shipping terminal in Lake Charles, LA., and is destined for Charlotte, North Caroline. These goods will be crossing many state lines in order to be delivered. There is also a foreign authority that allows for shipments to move from the USA to Canada or Mexico that is needed for these niche type carriers. Remember the Interstate vs. Intrastate motor carriers have to look at two different authorities when trying to discern the definitions of each.
Not only are the tractor-trailer combinations categorized for in state, or across state travel, but the partial, and full loads are categorized as such too. There can be confusion with larger trucking companies at times, as they will have a mix of both in state only, and Interstate authorized equipment, and it is up to the vehicle or asset manager, and the dispatcher to discern which ones are used in various cargo moving situation.
Making sure that the correct loads, go on the appropriately approved equipment becomes an issue for insurance, and if an intrastate vehicle is used to cross state lines with Interstate products there can be huge financial losses if an 18-wheeler accident occurs. The insurance carrier may refuse to pay any claims, since that vehicle did not have to the proper coverage to travel out of state.
In turn, this could cause a financial disaster for the trucking company, and the victims of the truck accident. The regulations, financial, and administrative logistics of such companies are extremely complex, and after a truck accident in Texas it is best to contact a Texas truck accident attorney who has the knowledge and experience in successfully handling truck accident lawsuits for victims and families who have lost a family member in a truck crash.