An underride truck accident is one in which a smaller vehicle, such as a car or motorcycle, crashes into the rear or side of a tractor-trailer and slides underneath. This can result in severe injuries, including broken bones, lost limbs, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries. Many times, these injuries are fatal.
By law, tractor-trailers must have underride guards in the rear, to prevent cars from being trapped underneath if there's an accident. But these guards can fail, often because they are defective or not maintained properly. And there is no requirement for tractor-trailers to be equipped with underride guards on the side.
Survivors of underride accidents often require extensive medical treatment. This can include diagnostic testing, surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, medication, home health equipment, home health care and multiple follow-up appointments. The expenses involved can become overwhelming for families very quickly.
An experienced firm that knows how to get results
If you or a loved one was injured in an underride accident, our attorneys fight to recover the financial compensation you deserve. This includes compensation for all past and future medical expenses related to the injury and lost wages, and may also include compensation for disability and disfigurement, pain and suffering and other damages.
Pursuing an underride accident claim can be challenging. Truck drivers deny responsibility. Trucking companies try to hide evidence that proves negligence. Insurance companies delay the processing of claims, challenge the extent of injuries and try to shift the blame for what happened.
Our legal team investigates your accident to find out for ourselves what really happened. We take action to gain access to evidence under the possession of trucking companies. We carefully review all documentation related to the accident. We identify and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult with experts.
Our attorneys build strong cases that the insurance company can't ignore. When they see we are ready to fight your case at trial, they often agree to negotiate. But we are not interested in a lowball offer that helps them save money. We are only interested in a resolution of your case that meets your needs.
If you or loved one was injured in an underride accident, learn more about how we can help. Call (866) 439-2238 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.