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Underride Trucking Collisions

Underrides are among the most devastating accidents involving large trucks. If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an underride trucking collision, contact Brodhead Law, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia as soon as possible. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • Our attorneys are well-versed in all types of trucking accidents, including underrides. We have comprehensive knowledge of state and federal trucking regulations and how they impact cases.
  • We understand the value of underride trucking collision cases and are prepared to pursue the maximum compensation available under the law. Our lawyers are ready and willing to take your case to court, and insurance company defense lawyers are aware of our track record of successful verdicts.
  • We have a long history of success – more than 20 years of fighting for seriously injured accident victims with a success rate of more than 99 percent.

What Is an Underride Trucking Accident?

An underride trucking collision occurs when a passenger vehicle is crushed under the rear or side of a tractor-trailer. Semi tractor-trailers have a raised design that allows enough room for a car to barely fit underneath the trailer, while the roof of the vehicle is sheared off. This type of accident is often fatal, and victims who survive usually suffer catastrophic injuries.

How Do Underride Trucking Collisions Occur?

Although passenger vehicle drivers may bear some fault for some trucking underride accidents, many are caused by truck driver or trucking company negligence. Factors leading to underride wrecks may include:

  • Truck driver stopping suddenly: When a large commercial truck driver makes a sudden, unexpected stop, it can cause an underride crash at the rear of the trailer, particularly when the roads are slippery, or visibility is poor.
  • Failure to install underride guards: These guards are designed to protect passenger vehicles and their occupants from being crushed under the trailer. Not all commercial trucks have underride guards installed.
  • Failure to install or maintain reflective tape: Most trucking underride accidents happen at night. Trucking companies are required to make their tractor-trailers highly visible.
  • Truck driver making negligent turns: A truck driver making a negligent left-hand turn can cut off oncoming traffic and cause a crash. When the driver makes a negligent right-hand turn, underride accidents can occur.
  • Truck driver making an improper lane change: When a truck driver fails to signal adequately or fails to check blind spots before changing lanes, his or her actions can cause a deadly underride collision.

Common Injuries in Underride Trucking Collisions

Trucking underride collisions are horrific accidents that can cause catastrophic or fatal injuries, particularly when the top of the car is torn off. Injuries commonly sustained by passenger vehicle occupants in truck underride accidents include:

  • Head and neck injuries (skull fracture and traumatic brain injury)
  • Spinal injuries (nerve damage, fractures, and paralysis)
  • Fractured bones

Contact Brodhead Law, LLC in Atlanta Today

Trucking companies are likely to have a team of lawyers and investigators who will try to downplay any wrongdoing and liability on their part. If you or your loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a trucking underride collision, you need a dedicated legal advocate with a successful track record in trucking accident cases. Call Brodhead Law today to find out how we can help.