Underride Truck Accidents - Recover Compensation for Your Injury

Jun 19, 2018 — by Gary Zucker
Tags: Truck Accidents

Accident Involving a Car and TruckUnderride truck accidents are some of the most dangerous types of auto accidents. They occur when a passenger vehicle collides with the rear or side of a truck and slides underneath the body of the trailer.

Typically, these accidents cause serious injuries, ranging from head trauma and brain injuries to paralysis and death. If you or someone you love suffered an injury and you believe the other party might be at fault, contact the experienced underride truck accident lawyers at Gary A. Zucker & Associates in Brooklyn, NY. We will evaluate your case and help you secure fair compensation.

An Overview of Underride Truck Accidents

Semi-trailers and other large trucks have a high clearance underneath their carriages. This can pose a serious hazard in an accident with a smaller vehicle, such as a car. The smaller vehicle can slide underneath the large truck, crushing the top of the vehicle.

Government statistics show that more than 200 people a year are killed in these accidents. Those that survive are often saddled with lengthy and life-altering injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), bone fractures, amputations, and lacerations.

Causes of Underride Truck Accidents

When a passenger vehicle makes contact with the undercarriage of a tractor-trailer or semi-truck, the passenger compartment can tear off or become crushed. What causes these accidents?

  • The truck driver fails to check blind spots before changing lanes and proceeds to run over a vehicle in the passing lane
  • Lack of or defective rear guards or protective bumper
  • Poor visibility at night, whether due to adverse weather conditions or improper lighting and reflective systems
  • The truck’s taillights went out
  • A truck is parked on the shoulder of the road without the placement of warning cones
  • One car pushes another under a truck in a multi-car pileup

How an Underride Accident Lawyer Can Help You

All trailers and trucks manufactured after 1998 must be equipped with rear impact guards that meet Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) standards. Further, FMSCA requires trailers to have reflective tape or reflectors that are visible to the driver.

Other preventive measures required of trucks and truck drivers include:

  • Brakes must be inspected regularly
  • Warning signs must be used when parked on the side of the road
  • Drivers must keep a safe following distance on the road

Should drivers or truck companies fail to meet any of these safety measures, they can be held responsible for any resulting damages.

To ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to, it is important to call on the attorneys at Gary A. Zucker & Associates. We have the know-how to identify the responsible party and help you obtain compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact a Underride Truck Accident Lawyer

Underride truck accidents can result in life-changing injuries, and you deserve compensation to help pay for medical care and other expenses. Our team of highly-skilled attorneys can help you secure the compensation you deserve. Do not wait; call (718) 624-1211 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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