Were You Involved in an Underride Accident?
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Nearly half of all trucking accidents that have resulted in fatalities have been caused by either underride or override accidents. Simply put, an underride accident occurs when the trailer of a big rig collides with a car, resulting in the car becoming lodged underneath the trailer. These types of collisions can result in devastating injuries and damages for those who are in passenger vehicles.
If you have been hurt in an underride accident, call the Voorhies Law Firm. We pride ourselves on providing legal counsel with integrity, and we will stand beside you.
All commercial trucks are required to have safety precautions installed in order to allow greater visibility for other drivers and to prevent accidents like underrides. However, if these measures are not taken or safety features are not properly installed or maintained, this can lead to catastrophic injuries for the victim.
Causes of Underride Accidents
Often times, truck drivers are under an immense amount of pressure to meet their deadlines. Therefore, a stressed or fatigued driver may be more likely to make a careless decision, not considering that a small miscalculation can become disastrous.
Here are some of the common reasons why underride accidents may occur:
- Truck has no visible taillights
- Truck has a jackknife accident
- The taillights are damaged or concealed by dirt
- Truck backs into another car
- Underride guard is broken, missing, or defective
- Reflective tape is concealed by dirt or damaged
According to state law, reflective tape must be affixed to these trucks to prevent accidents from happening. This reflective tape allows the truck to be more visible, especially for those driving at night. The headlights of an oncoming vehicle flash on the tape, which signals to the driver that there is a truck in the distance. If these tapes are missing or improperly maintained, the driver can be held liable.
Very serious injuries, and in some severe cases even fatalities, can result from these accidents. If you were a victim of an underride accident, the best thing you can do is to get in touch with our New Orleans truck accident attorneys to have your case examined. We can find the best possible strategy and solution for obtaining the compensation your deserve.
Our team has successfully secured tens of millions of dollars in winning verdicts for our clients. We can provide that same level of commitment to your case today.