Underride Truck Accident Lawyer

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Underride Houston Truck Accident Lawyer & Lawsuits

Large trucks such a semi-trailer have a high clearance under their carriages that can become hazardous in an accident with a passenger vehicle. One of the most common serious injury accidents involving a large truck and lower vehicle such as a car or family vehicle is when the passenger vehicle slides under the large truck, crushing the top of the vehicle. This is referred to as an under-ride or under-carriage accident that can cause severe bodily injuries and fatalities.

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Severity of Truck Underride Accidents

Most underride accidents involving large trucks involve a passenger vehicle hitting the truck from behind and sliding under the trailer of the truck. The problem lies in that the trucks are high enough to allow most hoods and bodies of vehicles to clear the under-carriage of the truck, but the windshield, roof and passenger area of the vehicle is crushed or sheared off as the vehicle slides under the truck. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these accidents are a major cause of injuries and fatalities every year.

  • An estimated 423 people die in underride accidents with large trucks each year
  • Over 5,000 people are seriously injured in truck underride accidents per year
  • Over 70% if all fatalities in large truck accidents are passengers in other vehicles

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also performed a study on truck underride accidents, looking at 1,000 truck accidents that occurred between 2001-2003. 115 of these accidents that involved a passenger vehicle hitting the rear of the truck, 78% were underrride accidents. 23 of the 28 accidents that ended in a fatality in the passenger vehicle, underrride damage was reported.

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Ineffective Safety Underride Equipment Used On Many Semi-Trucks

To prevent underride accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rerequired that large trucks use both rear impact guards and reflectors or reflective tape since 1998/1999. However, the guards only are required on trucks that were made after 1998, leaving many without the guards. Although both these safety requirements are meant to reduce underride accidents, there is he question to whether they are effective.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performed a crash study on the effectiveness of rear impact guards. They found that even at speeds as low as 35 MPH, guards could tear off or bend forward, allowing the passenger car to still slide under the truck. In addition, even in rear-end collisions that were not head on 100%, with the passenger car only hitting the rear of the truck partially, there was still a high number of underride accidents, even with guards.

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Severe Injuries In Truck Underride Accidents

Due to the anatomy of the underride accident, passengers in the impacting vehicle are at high risk for serious and even fatal injuries. The most serious concern is the impact to the passenger’s head, with tragic decapitation a possibility. Due to the severity of these accidents, victims can be facing large medical bills, lost wages and ongoing medical treatments for injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Lacerations
  • Amputations

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Attorneys Prosecuting Truck Accident Underride Cases in Houston, Texas

Commercial truck accidents can be complex with more than one entity liable for injuries and fatalities caused by the accident. To ensure that victims receive the compensation they are entitled to, the expertise of an experienced Texas truck accident attorney who has successfully prosecuted similar cases. Houston Truck Accident Lawyer RJ Alexander Law, PLLC represents people who have been injured in truck accidents throughout Texas and across the country. We invite you to speak to one of our attorneys for a free consultation where you can discuss your legal rights following a collision involving a truck at (832) 458-1756.

 

Houston Truck Accident Lawyer RJ Alexander Law, PLLC Serves Victims of Overweight Trucks in Houston and Nationwide.

To speak with an attorney about your case, call Houston truck accident lawyer RJ Alexander Law, PLLC at 832.458.1756 or contact the firm online. Attorney Reshard Alexander offers evening and weekend appointments as well as home and hospital visits.

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