Underride Accidents in Texas
If you’ve been involved in an underride accident with a tractor trailer or semi truck, let attorney Neal Davis help you fight for your compensation.
Many accidents involving tractor trailers, semi trucks, 18-wheelers, or cars are similar: head-on collisions, side impacts, and rear-end collisions, to name a few.
However, underride accidents are exclusive to truck accidents.
Underride trucking accidents occur when a smaller vehicle rear-ends a tractor trailer and becomes wedged underneath, and such an accident can cause serious injury, damage to your vehicle, or even death. If you or a loved one have been in an underride accident, don’t leave your case to chance. Let Houston truck accident attorney Neal Davis fight for your rights.
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What is an Underride Accident?
Underride accidents occur when a motor vehicle hits a tractor trailer from behind. This type of accident is often serious since a truck’s ground clearance is so much higher than a car’s. As a result, it’s easy for a car to become pinned beneath the trailer. When this happens, the front and top of the vehicle can be crushed, and the driver and/or their passenger is often seriously injured or killed.
There is another type of underride accident, but it rarely occurs. Occassionaly, if a truck driver doesn’t see a car in his or her mirrors and chooses to change lanes, the car can become stuck underneath the trailer. Serious damage and injury are also likely in this case since the top of a car is less equipped to withstand damage.
Injuries from Underride Accidents
Because of the likely severity of underride accidents, injuries are often just as severe and can leave drivers facing months or years of recovery. These long recovery periods or wrongful death can leave loved ones stuck with high medical bills and emotional damages. Some common injuries associated with underride accidents include:
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Who is Liable?
If your loved one survives an underride accident, they will likely be out of work for weeks, months or years afterward, and they may qualify to receive compensation to help with these lost wages and medical bills. In order to do this, however, liability must be established.
Liability varies depending on each situation, and most rear-end collisions are the fault of the vehicle that strikes the one in front. However, most often, truck drivers are held liable for underride accidents even though it is the smaller vehicle that crashes from behind.
These accidents are often caused by faulty tail/brake lights, lack of reflectors, or sudden braking, and each of these instances spells negligence on the truck driver’s part.
Smaller car drivers may also be held liable, however, if the truck’s safety features were all working and there was no sudden braking on the truck driver’s part. Smaller car drivers can be liable if they were following too closely, speeding, or committing other traffic violations.
Underride Guard Failures
In an attempt to help prevent underride accidents, trucks are required to have underride guards installed. These guards are designed to prevent smaller vehicles from being pinned beneath the trailer if a rear-end collision occurs. Unfortunately, these underride guards fall short when it comes to some vehicles, and it can still be possible for vehicles to be wedged beneath tractor trailers.
These guards tend to be poorly designed and are only attached to the back of the trailer, ignoring the possibility of a vehicle being wedged underneath from the side. If a tractor trailer does not have an underride guard or if the guard is damaged, a trucking company may be held liable for the accident by failing to install the guards correctly.
Texas Underride Accident Attorneys
If you or your loved one has suffered an underride accident, you may be able to collect compensation to offset your injuries, damages and loss. This is where an attorney can make a huge difference. Going at the legal process alone can be stressful and confusing, especially if you’ve just been involved in a life-altering accident.
Texas truck accident attorney Neal Davis serves Houston and the surrounding areas, and is fully prepared to take on your accident case - including severe underride accidents. We're ready to fight for your right to compensation and guide you through the legal process every step of the way. If we don’t win, you don’t pay. That’s our No Fee Guarantee. Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can help you.