Any kind of truck accident can be horrible, of course, but an override or underride accident can be particularly terrible, often ending in death. If someone is lucky enough to survive this accident, they can be left with severe injuries that can, in some instances, be catastrophic.
If you’ve suffered an injury in an override or underride accident caused by someone else’s negligence, or you’ve experienced the tragic loss of a loved one, the attorneys with Penn Kestner & McEwen will be here to help. We have a great deal of experience in representing clients in cases similar to yours, and we have a long record of delivering results.
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Imagine being stuck in traffic on a highway and seeing a huge commercial truck approaching you at full speed. All because the driver has no idea all vehicles have come to a standstill. There’s nowhere you can go, and nothing you can do. The truck slams into the back of your car and rolls over the top.
This is the nightmare scenario caused by an override accident. When it happens, it’s almost a guarantee that the back portion of the vehicle will be completely crushed. And anyone in that part of the car will more than likely be severely injured or killed. If the truck continues on the path and runs over the top of the car, the results will probably be tragic.
Override accidents take place for a number of different reasons. The truck driver may be traveling too fast, and can’t react quickly enough as a result. Or, the truck’s brakes may have failed due to negligence on behalf of the trucking company. The driver will obviously not be able to stop as a result.
As you would probably expect, an underride accident occurs in the opposite fashion. The truck doesn’t roll over the top of the car – rather, the car slams underneath the truck. Federal regulations are in place to help prevent this kind of accident. Trucks are required to have underride guards to keep this from happening. Unfortunately, there are still commercial trucks that don’t have guards. If a vehicle strikes a truck without one, the truck’s bumper could very well shear off the top of the car.
There is another type of accident – a side underride wreck. It happens when the front of a car hits the truck’s side. The truck could be stopped at an intersection, and the vehicle can plow into it as a result. This will also oftentimes lead to the top of the car being taken off. Even though there are side guards that could go a long way toward preventing severe injuries and death, federal law doesn’t require them for some inexplicable reason.
Underride collisions can also occur for several reasons. The truck may not be properly marked, or it’s moving much more slowly than other vehicles on the road. A truck could be parked on the shoulder of the road without the hazard lights flashing to warn other drivers.
There are many parties that could be potentially liable for either an override or underride accident. That’s the reason this kind of truck accident can be extremely complex, and will require the help of a skilled, experienced attorney. These are just some of the parties that could face liability.
As you might expect, there are several types of catastrophic injuries that can result from an override or underride accident. These can include traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, spinal cord injuries and many others. All of these can lead to tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. As well as a lifetime of debilitation.
Since a truck accident will typically lead to terrible injuries, the insurance policies that cover trucking companies are very expensive. Oftentimes, they’ll be $1 million or even more. No reputable law firm will ever make any promises regarding how much a truck accident victim will be able to obtain. However, at Penn Kestner & McEwen, we can promise that we’ll do everything we can to help you get as much as possible.
Learn more about how our firm can help you get the money you deserve. You can give Penn Kestner & McEwen a call at (800) 732-3070, or you can contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our experts.