What is an Underride Accident?
The types of truck accidents in which one can be involved are very similar to the types of car accidents in which one may be involved. Unique to trucking collisions, however, are underride accidents. These are incidents that involve not only a truck, but another motor vehicle or motorcycle on the road as well. When another 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. 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 is very unlikely. More likely to occur is an underride accident.
Similar situations can arise in the rare event that a truck driver does 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 they proceed to change lanes when it is unsafe to do so. Underride accidents can also occur when a sliding, jackknifing truck swoops across the lanes of a highway and passes over other vehicles on the road. In instances when it is possible, a very 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 it almost ensures that the car driver will be killed instantly on impact.
Trucking Accident Statistics
Statistics of truck accidents in the U.S. 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 kill many in their wake. The serious injuries and wrongful deaths that can occur from trucking accidents of this nature cannot be taken lightly, nor will they be when you choose to work with Andrew Toscano.
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 continue to be a problem for truckers throughout the nation. Therefore, if you have been injured or you lost a loved one in a fatal underride trucking accident, then you owe it to yourself – and your family – to take legal action.
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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