According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, approximately 10% of passenger vehicle fatalities involve crashes with large trucks. These crashes often involve a passenger vehicle colliding with the back or the front of truck. When the passenger vehicle continues beneath the rear or the side of the trailer, this is known as a truck underride crash. When the front of a large truck crashes over the passenger vehicle, this is known as a truck override crash.
The consequences of underriding and overriding truck crashes can be devastating. These types of crashes often rip into the passenger compartment and can cause serious injuries and even death. In 2011, of the 2,241 passenger vehicle occupants killed in large truck crashes, 260 died as a result of the vehicles striking the rear of the trucks. Furthermore, underride accidents are especially dangerous for Nevada motorcyclists. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the accident, underride and override truck crashes frequently involve fatalities to the passengers of occupant vehicles.
If a loved one has died from an underride or override truck crash, the Ladah Law Firm’s experienced truck accident attorneys understand semi truck cases & can help you recover damages. Call us today at 702.252.0055 to find out how we can help you.
To help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities involved with large trucks, regulations became effective in 1998 requiring certain trailers to have underride guards, which are steel bars that hang from the back of a trailer. Underride guards are designed to absorb the impact of a passenger vehicle at high speeds in order to prevent the passenger compartment from sliding underneath the trailer. Unfortunately, the regulations do not entirely eliminate the possibility of an underride accident.
In 2011, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted research to test the effectiveness of underride guards installed on trucks. The Institute used a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu and struck the vehicle into the back of parked trailers at a speed of 35 miles per hour. In one of the tests, the trailers with guards that passed U.S. regulations failed every time. Adrian Lund, president of the Institute, said the “tests show how easily some of these guards are failing at relatively moderate speeds.” The Institute has been pushing for stronger regulations, as well as expanding regulations to trucks that are not required to have underride guards, such as dump trucks.
Although underside guards can provide at least some form of safety measure against these type of accidents, since the typical guard is on the back of the truck, it does nothing to prevent a car from getting underneath a semi between the from & back wheels. This is a common type of accident from lane changes when the truck driver isn’t paying close enough attention to their mirrors. A small car which is half-way past a semi, really has nowhere to go but under the truck or off the road. Imagine minding your own business, trying to pass a semi & suddenly the driver decides to switch lanes, forcing you off the road or even under the semi.
Accidents at highway speeds (where these accidents often occur) are all too often devastating or fatal. Being caught under a semi’s trailer, staring at wheels burning into the side of your car crushing metal & shattering glass is a horrifying experience even if the vehicles were to come to a stop without a major crash (which is rarely the case). The alternative of potentially driving off the road into the median isn’t a safer bet either. At speeds of 55-80 mph, this could result in a rollover, loosing control of the wheel or even crossing into oncoming traffic. Which, could easily result in a head-on collision. The outcome of these types of crashes is all to often fatal for some or all of the passengers.
These accidents, as well as many other types of truck accidents, are all too common. When they do happen, the insurance company will be ready to fight on the behalf of the driver. This is where a strong, experienced law firm should come into the picture.
If you have been injured in an underride or override truck accident, the Ladah Law Firm’s experienced truck accident attorneys want to help you. Our Las Vegas truck accident attorneys have experience helping victims obtain compensation for their injuries in a variety of types of accidents and situations.
Contact a Las Vegas accident attorney at our firm today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. Call us today at 702.252.0055.
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