Truck collisions involving large semi-trailers are one of the scariest types of collisions a person may be involved in. Specifically in Knox County more than 1,990 truck collisions were reported in 2007 that involved a driver error.
There are many types of truck accidents that another motorist may be involved in, however, truck underride collisions specifically are the deadliest. Truck underride occurs when the front or rear end of a vehicle travels underneath the body of a large truck. In some cases this may only be the hood of a smaller vehicle however depending on various circumstances nearly half the vehicles body could travel underneath the truck causing a fatal collision.
A 1997 Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) study of fatal accidents involving large trucks and passengers found that truck underride occurred in approximately half of the crashes. Of these underride crashes more than half involved the front of the truck, while 20 and 22 percent respectively, involved the back and side of the truck.
If you or a loved one has suffered from serious personal injuries during a truck underride crash that caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to further compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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Causes of Truck Underride Collisions
A crash between a large truck and small vehicle is a high-risk event no matter what type of collision. Large trucks are often double or triple the weight of a regular-sized vehicle, depending on the cargo should it spill it could lead to an even more dangerous situation.
Some common causes of truck underride accidents include:
- No Use of Turn Signal
- Poor Truck Maintenance
- Dirty, Broken, or Dim Taillights
- Failure to Use Flares, Reflective Triangles When Pulled Over
- Truck Abruptly Stops
- Missing or Faulty Reflective Tape/Lighting
Truck underride collisions commonly occur at night which is why it is so important for a truck driver to properly maintain their vehicle which reflective tape and lighting, as well as bright head and taillights. In some cases drivers of the smaller vehicle may also be at fault if they are following too closely or speeding. It is important that all drivers keep enough space between themselves the vehicle in front of them at all times.
In the United States there are no specific laws governing the use of truck underride guards despite the large amount of fatal accidents that occur due to truck underride. Some truck companies do use protective guards to help lessen the impact, however, a study by the IIHS noted that most underride guards failed to stop deadly crashes as the guards tend to break on impact. Furthermore, side-impact collisions can still be deadly when the vehicle slides underneath the trucks body.
Truck Underride Accident Injuries
If a person is involved in a truck underride collision they will likely suffer from serious personal injuries particularly if the vehicle is small. Motorcyclists are particularly in danger of suffering from life-threatening injuries if they are unable to prevent the collision from occurring.
Some common truck underride accident injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Loss of Eyesight
- Loss of Limb
- Dental Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Although most vehicles are equipped with safety devices to protect a driver and passenger, in a truck underride collision all victims may experience severe injuries that were not preventable.
Contact our Knoxville Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries due another drivers negligence, the personal injury attorneys based in Knoxville, TN at Greg Coleman Law are ready to help you fight for your right to fair and just compensation. We understand how frightening it can be to be involved in such a serious collision and believe that those who caused the accident should be held responsible for their actions.
With more than 40 years of combined legal experience our attorneys can provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific case. Our office is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and we proudly serve the following areas:
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