Truck Underride Accidents
Cars Sliding Under Trailers
"We need lower, safer, more energy-absorbing guards," says Nancy
Meulener. Nancy is a
truck underride accident victim. Most people do not survive underride accidents
– Nancy is one of the few – but she now lives with permanent
disfigurement and disability.
One threat that big rigs pose to cars is the possibility of vehicles sliding
under the trailers. To prevent this, trucking regulators require many
commercial trucks to be equipped with rear and side guards or "underride
guards." However, when put to the test, these guards do little to
protect vehicle occupants.
Underride Events and Contributing Factors
According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), "rear underride was noted in about 75 percent of rear-end
struck crashes where the striking vehicle was a light vehicle." From
2008 to 2009, a research institute compiled data from rear end accidents
involving large trucks and found that there were 934 fatalities. Underride
occurred in 70 percent of those fatalities.
On average, these types of rear end accidents occur at a speed of 44mph.
Crash tests have proven that rear guards on trucks can collapse when impacted
at speeds of 35mph and sometimes even slower. The safety of rear guards
on trucks has also been called into question. For many passenger vehicles
with a lower front end, impact with a rear guard could mean decapitation.
Liability in Underride Accidents
Determining liability in underride accidents can be complicated, requiring
extensive accident investigation and reconstruction. For this reason,
claims and lawsuits can take a year and sometimes longer to resolve. If
you or a loved one was involved in an underride or similar type of rear
end accident with a large truck, our firm could step in and compile a
strong case for your compensation.
Victims of big rig accidents could be entitled to compensation in the form of:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage (cost of repairing or replacing a vehicle)
Pain and suffering (a noneconomic damage for emotional/psychological harms)
- Loss of enjoyment of life (from permanent disability or disfigurement)
- Loss of earning capacity
- Funeral expenses (in cases of wrongful death)
Contacting Shook & Stone to File a Claim
Contact Shook & Stone if you or someone you love has been injured in
a serious accident with a truck. We handle all types of personal injury
claims and lawsuits for plaintiffs. Our goal as a firm is to ensure that
justice is served, and victims receive the full compensation that is due
to them. To get in touch with our firm, you can call us at
(888) 662-2013 or fill out a
free case evaluation form.