Underride Truck Accidents
Experienced New Orleans Truck Accident Lawyers
Nearly half of all trucking accidents that result in fatalities are caused by either underride or override accidents. Simply put, an underride accident occurs when the trailer of a big-rig collides with a car, resulting in the car becoming lodged underneath the trailer. These types of collisions can result in devastating catastrophic injuries and/or the death of those in passenger vehicles.
If you have been hurt in an underride accident, call the Voorhies Law Firm. We pride ourselves on providing legal counsel with integrity; our New Orleans truck accident lawyers will stand beside you every step of the way.
Common Causes of Underride Accidents
All commercial trucks are required to have safety features installed in order to allow greater visibility for other drivers and to prevent accidents like underrides. However, if these measures are not taken or safety features are not properly installed or maintained, it can lead to serious underride accidents.
Additionally, truck drivers are often under an immense amount of pressure to meet their deadlines. A stressed or fatigued driver may be more likely to make a careless decision or mistake, not considering that a seemingly small miscalculation can have disastrous consequences.
Here are some of the common reasons why underride accidents may occur:
- Lack of visible taillights on the truck
- Truck involved in a jackknife accident
- Damaged, dirty, or concealed taillights
- Truck reversing into another car
- Broken, missing, or defective underride guard
- Dirty, damaged, or concealed reflective tape
According to state law, reflective tape must be affixed to these trucks to prevent accidents from happening. This reflective tape allows the truck to be more visible, especially for those driving at night. The headlights of an oncoming vehicle flash on the tape, which signals to the driver that there is a truck in the distance. If these tapes are missing or improperly maintained, the driver can be held liable.
What to Do If You Were Involved in a Truck Accident
Underride accidents often lead to very serious and even fatal injuries. If you were a victim of an underride accident, or if your loved one died in an underride accident, the best thing you can do is get in touch with our New Orleans truck accident attorneys to have your case examined. We can find the best possible strategy for obtaining just compensation in your case. Our team has successfully secured tens of millions of dollars in winning verdicts for our clients; we can provide that same level of commitment to your case today.
Get in touch with us at (504) 475-2455 to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at our firm. We offer same-day appointments and always answer or return calls promptly.