Proven Advocacy for Victims of Truck Accidents
Wrecks involving commercial trucks and tractor-trailers are among the most devastating accidents on our roads. This is due to the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles, which can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. In collisions involving trucks and standard passenger motor vehicles, it is nearly always passenger vehicles that bear the brunt of damage. This is especially true in underride accidents.
Underride accidents are a term used to describe a type of trucking wreck in which passenger vehicles collide with and travel under the read-end of a truck or tractor-trailer. Because commercial vehicles typically have higher clearance than passenger automobiles, cars that hit the rear of a truck can continue forward underneath the truck’s trailer. As a result, the rear-end of a truck can compress the windshield and front portion of a vehicle, many time crushing it entirely or ripping it off due to sheer force.
If you or someone you love has been harmed in an underride wreck, or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, our legal team at Holladay Law Firm, PLLC is available to help. As a law firm that fights for victims harmed by negligence, we can leverage our extensive experience and insight to guide you through the personal injury or wrongful death claim process and toward the compensation you rightfully deserve.
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Underride Accidents & Serious Injuries
Underride accidents have been noted for their overwhelming potential to result in serious harm. Often, these wrecks result in direct injury caused by crushed vehicle cabins, including blunt force trauma, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. In many cases, they are fatal. In fact, trucking accident statistics how that hundreds of injuries and fatalities stem from underride wrecks each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) further reports that approximately 40% of all underride accidents result in fatalities – particularly when passenger vehicles collide into the rear corner of a truck.
Standards, Safety & Negligence
Due to the tremendous risks inherent to underride accidents, there are numerous safety regulations with which truck drivers and trucking companies must comply in order to keep the public safe. These include regulations that ensure truckers receive adequate training and drug testing, are fit and healthy enough to drive, and that they get enough sleep. Impaired, fatigued, unhealthy, and distracted truckers, for example, can make critical driving errors that lead to underride accidents, such as sudden stops.
The trucking industry is also required to comply with regulations that ensure the safety of their vehicles. For instance, commercial truck operators must meet standards requiring the use of underride guards – which are bars that hand from beneath a truck trailer to block vehicles from traveling underneath the truck during a collision. Other regulations are in place to ensure these guards and other features of commercial vehicles are regularly and appropriately maintained.
Even when drivers of passenger vehicles take every precaution to operate their vehicles safely, they can suffer preventable harm due to the negligence of truck drivers or trucking companies that fail to abide by safety regulations or fail to uphold their legal obligations of ensuring public safety. When this is the case, victims and families can pursue legal action to hold them accountable for their negligence, and liable for resulting damages.
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