Underride Truck Accidents

Underride Truck Accidents

When a smaller car slides under a large commercial truck or tractor-trailer, it is known as an underride collision. Underride truck accidents are the most dangerous type of truck accident. They are frequently fatal or result in devastating injuries as the vehicle sliding under the truck is typically crushed.

Types of Underride Collisions

There are three types of underride collisions. A rear underride collision occurs when a vehicle slides under the rear of the truck. A side collision happens when a smaller vehicle slides underneath the side of the truck, and front underride collision occurs when the truck drives over the other vehicle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 57% of underride collisions involved the front of the truck, 22% involved the rear, and 20% involved the side.

What Causes Underride Truck Accidents?

Underride truck accidents are often caused by:

  • Improper maintenance of the truck—if a truck is not properly maintained by the driver, owner, or trucking company, there can be defects in the truck that make it dangerous. Brake failure can result in a truck driving over a car in front of it. Defective brake lights, headlights, and sidelights can also lead to dangerous accidents.
  • Weather conditions—truck drivers should be properly trained on how to appropriately drive in adverse weather conditions. When a driver isn’t careful, conditions such as wet roadways and fog can lead to collisions.
  • Distracted, reckless, or impaired driving—truck drivers who are not driving safely are a menace. Improper lane changes can lead to side underride collisions. Speeding and erratic braking can lead to other types of accidents. Not paying attention to the road can also have dangerous consequences.
  • Improper underside guards—all trucks are required to be equipped with rear underside guards. While it is not required, some trucks have side guards to prevent side underride collisions. If underside guards are improperly placed or nonexistent, then serious accidents can occur. In addition, some underride guards are not strong enough to prevent a collision. Even sturdy guards may not be strong enough if a collision occurs at high speed.

Contact a Florida Truck Accident Attorney

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you want an experienced truck accident attorney on your side. Gregg Goldfarb has over 20 years of experience representing truck accident victims. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.

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