Under-ride Truck Accidents
Some of the most horrific accidents on the road occur when an 18-wheeler collides with a regular-sized car. Due to the sheer weight and power of a large truck, the forces that are withstood by the car are often too great for even the safety devices meant to guard the driver and passengers, resulting in life-threatening injuries. When these accidents occur to the side or rear of the truck, an area that is notably higher compared to sedans and coups, the result is a devastating type of accident known as an under-ride accident.
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Under-ride Safety Precautions
Under-ride accidents occur when the front of the car slips under the bottom clearance of the truck. The result is that the force of the accident does not catch the front-end of the vehicle, but crashes through the windshield and top-half of the car. The driver and passenger in the front may suffer injuries to the head and neck. To prevent these accidents, the following safety precautions should be taken by truck drivers:
- Reflective tape
- Rear under-ride bumpers on trucks
- Keeping lights clean and visible
- Clearly signaling before turns or lane changes
- Paying attention especially at night
- Keeping headlights on
Under-ride accidents commonly occur when a truck either changes lanes quickly or turns across the path of traffic. At these intersections, drivers need to be particularly careful.
If you have been injured by a careless truck driver, there may be legal options available to you. To discuss your claim with a knowledgeable advocate, contact the Rhinelander truck accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.