Large commercial trucks are the lifeblood of the North Carolina economy. These vehicles move an incredible amount of goods from place to place each day, and their value has become particularly obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, accidents involving large commercial trucks can be particularly devastating to those inside traditional passenger vehicles. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our qualified Charlotte truck accident attorneys want to discuss underride accidents. These accidents are particularly devastating for victims, so we want to make sure you know what they are and where you can turn if you are injured in a large truck crash.
Underride Accidents Are Usually Preventable
An NBC report shows that around 200 people lose their lives each year due to something called underride accidents. However, many thousands more are severely injured due to these incidents.
An underride accident occurs when a passenger vehicle collides with a stationary or moving large commercial truck and slides underneath. This can occur along the back of the large commercial truck or along the sides. These incidents often lead to significant damage to the upper portions of the passenger vehicle, including the top portion being sheared completely off in some instances. These accidents are often catastrophic for those inside the passenger vehicle.
Victims Of Underride Accidents Regularly Sustain The Following Injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Crush injuries
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Spinal cord trauma with paralysis
Underride accidents often result in entrapment, meaning that victims are trapped in their vehicles until emergency crews can extricate them.
There are various causes of underride accidents. In many cases, these incidents occur due to the careless or negligent actions of the passenger vehicle driver. It is not uncommon for underride accidents to be caused by passenger vehicle drivers impaired by alcohol or distracted by their phones. However, in some cases, these incidents are caused by the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company. This can include:
- Truck drivers coming to a sudden stop
- Truck drivers making illegal lane changes
- Truck drivers not using emergency flashers when stopped on the road or the roadside
- Truck drivers not using emergency reflective triangles when stopped on the road or the roadside
- Trucks experiencing vehicle failure and breaking down on the roadway
- Trucks with defective safety lighting
- Trucks with dim, faulty, or dirty tail lights that make it difficult for oncoming traffic to see if a truck is slowing down, turning, or stopping
Call Our Team For A Free Consultation Today
If you or somebody you love has been injured in an underride accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver, contact an attorney immediately. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we are here to help you secure the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of these incidents. This can include coverage of:
- Your medical bills related to the crash
- Lost wages if you cannot work
- Property damage expenses
- Household out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages