An underride truck accident occurs when a car or motorcycle slides underneath the rear impact guard in an accident. This occurs most often in rear-end accidents and it is almost always fatal. In fact, more than 350 people are killed each year in underride trucking accidents. While rear impact guards are designed to prevent these fatal accidents from occurring, they often do not work like they are designed to.
In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that even in accidents that occurred at just 35 mph, the rear guard on many trucks gave way, allowing cars to slide right underneath. When this occurs, the front of the car is pushed backwards into the driver and the top of the vehicle is crushed or in many cases, sheared off completely.
How fatal are underride trucking accidents? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that of the 539 vehicles that struck the rear of a large commercial truck, there were 532 fatalities. Of these accidents, 40% occurred at the rear corners where impact guards are the weakest.
Causes of Underride Trucking Accidents
There are many reasons an underride trucking accident can occur, and many of these reasons are a result of truck driver or truck company negligence.
- No rear guards on the back of a commercial truck
- Rear guards that do not meet U.S. standards
- No reflective tape or reflectors on guards on the back of trucks
- Covered or partially covered reflectors
- Truck driver inattention
- Broken taillights or reflective devices
- Trucing company negligence or poorly maintained vehicles
- And more
If you or someone you love is injured or killed in an underride trucking accident, you may have reason to file a claim. The trucking company and truck driver may be to blame for your accident and you should be compensated for your losses. You and your family may be entitled to damages for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, rehabilitation, disability, pain and suffering, and more. Time is of the essence, however. Trucking companies will seek to reduce their liabilities quickly after a devastating trucking accident. As such, you will need an aggressive Denver trucking accident attorney on your side from the moment you are injured.
Contact a Denver Trucking Accident Attorney Today
If you are the victim of a trucking accident, contact Colorado personal injury attorney Robert Paysinger today. Robert can answer all of your questions and let you know what kind of compensation you may be entitled to under Colorado law. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303. 279.0221.
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