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What are Underride Truck Accidents?

What are Underride Truck Accidents?

Texas is the second largest state in the country as well as the second most populated. In addition, the large state is located in the central region of the United States, making it a common place for truck drivers to commute through when in route for work.

Without a doubt, big rig trucks are the largest vehicles seen on freeways and highways on a regular basis. Of course, this increases the risks of truck accidents. Due to the size and weight of such vehicles, these crashes can be detrimental and even fatal to those involved. Although there are many types of truck accidents, one of the most dangerous types are underride accidents.

Underride accidents are one of the most common types of truck accidents and account for over 350 fatalities a year. An underride accident occurs when a car hits the back of a truck, slips under the back end, and continues traveling underneath. Oftentimes, these accidents cause death or damaging injuries to those in passenger vehicles.

While safety standards are implemented to protect passenger vehicles from these kinds of accidents, the designed safety guards can fail to work or may be designed poorly, leaving big rig trucks as one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Some of the reasons these safety guards fail include:

  • The safety guards are too high, allowing cars to still slide underneath the trucks.
  • The safety guards are too narrow in comparison to the truck’s width, leaving a large space for cars to enter the undercarriage of the big rig.
  • Many of the safety guards are defective and break when hit by passenger vehicles.

On July 17, 2015, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking. The administration states that this will be the first step to the agency’s initiative to upgrade the regulations for underride crash protection. The NHTSA states that it will gather input from the public and stakeholders to determine the estimated costs and benefits of upgrading these safety procedures.

If You Have Been Injured in an Underride Truck Accident

It is important to retain an experienced truck accident lawyer if you have been injured in an underride truck accident. The Houston truck accident lawyers at The Daspit Law Firm understand the hardships that may occur as a result of an accident involving a big rig truck. Our team is dedicated to giving you aggressive and relentless representation.

We have the necessary resources and experience to go above and beyond to recover financial compensation for any medical expenses, physical pains, emotional distresses, and lost wages that may accumulate as a result of your accident. When your health is on the line, don’t hesitate. Let us pursue justice for you.

To speak with Houston truck accident attorney, call The Daspit Law Firm today! You won’t pay a single penny unless we win your case.