What Is an Underride Accident?
Advocacy from a Skilled Houston Truck Accident Lawyer
Certain types of truck accidents and car accidents are very similar, for the most part. Underride accidents, however, are unique to truck crashes. These incidents involve a large commercial truck as well as a passenger motor vehicle or motorcycle on the road. When the other vehicle is unable to slow down to avoid a stalled or slowly moving truck in its path, it could very well become pinned underneath the truck's trailer. This is what is known as an underride accident.
Unlike a rear-end collision between two motor vehicles of approximately the same size, trucks are so much larger than their roadside counterparts that colliding into the rear of an 18-wheeler or semi truck doesn't result in the same type of incident as two passenger vehicles. That is why an underride accident is much more likely to occur.
If you or a loved one was hurt in an underride accident, call our Houston truck accident lawyers.
Other Types of Underride Accidents
There is another type of underride accident that can occur, although it is rare. In some situations, a truck driver may not see the car in their neighboring lane before making a lane change. As a result, the car and its driver could end up underneath the trailer of the truck if the truck driver proceeds to change lanes when it is still unsafe to do so.
Underride accidents can also occur if a sliding, jackknifing truck swoops across the lanes of a highway and passes over other vehicles on the road. A common reaction among truck drivers is to slam on their brakes in panic. Unfortunately, this is perhaps the most detrimental move that could be made, as the car driver can be killed instantly on impact.
Statistics of truck accidents in the United States report hundreds of injuries and fatalities from underride accidents each year. While these types of accidents are not common enough to occur on a daily basis, they are catastrophic enough to cause high fatality and injury rates when they do occur. The serious injuries and wrongful deaths that can occur from trucking accidents of this nature must not be taken lightly.
Are There Laws to Protect Drivers from Underride Accidents?
A tremendous amount of energy has been invested into bettering the safety regulations and maintenance laws of trucking companies and the drivers who work for them. Unfortunately, unsafe driving and negligent practices remain a problem for truckers throughout the nation. Therefore, if you have been injured or if you lost a loved one in a fatal underride trucking accident, then you owe it to yourself—and your family—to take legal action.
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At our firm, we have handled some of the largest truck accident cases in all of the United States. The reckless and negligent behaviors of truck drivers and trucking companies can be brought to light and used in the representation of your accident and injury case. We know what it takes to successfully recover damages for truck accident victims, and we are prepared to employ the necessary measures to protect and uphold your rights after an accident of this nature.
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