Austin Underride Truck Accident Lawyer
Sharing roads and highways with large commercial trucks is a reality that can be intimidating for many drivers of passenger vehicles. It’s important to take precautions and stay at a safe distance from 18-wheelers and other large trucks when driving behind them.
One of the most dangerous kinds of truck accidents to take place on Texas roads and highways is a truck underride accident. A truck underride collision occurs when a passenger vehicle collides with a truck and slides partially or fully underneath it or the trailer.
When a big rig stops suddenly or a car is rear-ended and pushed into the truck in front, a passenger car can slide underneath, sheering off or crushing the top of the car and causing fatal or catastrophic injuries.
If you have experienced one of these crashes, an Austin underride truck accident lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP can help you pursue the compensation owed to you by the entity who caused the crash.
The Dangers of Underride Crashes
In 2014, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that out of the 2,485 passenger vehicle occupants killed in large truck crashes, 371 were killed in underride accidents.
An earlier 2011 report from the IIHS suggested that, after a series of crash tests, the steel safety guards installed on most tractor-trailers and large trucks are inadequate and fail to stop cars from sliding underneath trucks, thereby causing catastrophic injuries for drivers and their passengers.
Furthermore, these steel guards often fail in low-speed crashes. When an equipment failure such as this occurs, it means that you could also pursue compensation from the manufacturer or the maintenance company, depending on the reason for the failure.
What Causes Truck Underride Accidents?
There are several factors that can contribute to Austin underride truck accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Faulty or poorly maintained brakes
- Faulty lighting on trucks
- Slow-moving truck without emergency flashers
- Broken down truck without emergency safety lights or road cones
- Failure to use turn signals
Because the point of impact in underride collisions is often at head level for occupants of passenger vehicles, brain injuries, spine injuries, and wrongful death are all highly likely outcomes.
Other potential injuries could include broken bones, emotional trauma, and internal organ damage. These injuries and their resulting expenses should all be compensated to you by the at-fault driver, whether that was the trucker or another driver behind you.
An Austin Truck Underride Accident Lawyer Can Help
Suffering an injury in an underride truck accident can prove life-changing or even fatal for victims. The Austin underride truck accident lawyers from Colley & Colley, LLP understand the consequences you and your family may endure as a result of this type of accident. Medical expenses, lost income, and property damage can all have a profound effect on your financial future.
Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys can help you get the compensation you and your family deserve for your injuries and losses. You can count on us to diligently build a strong case while you recover. Schedule a no-obligation consultation by calling 512-477-2001 or filling out the form at the bottom of this page.