How do underride accidents happen?

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2023 | Truck Accidents |

All traffic collisions can potentially be dangerous and even fatal. Accidents that involve trucks and commercial vehicles tend to result in more damage. One of the most devastating types of truck accidents is underride collisions, which we mentioned briefly in a previous post.

This type of collision occurs when a smaller vehicle slides underneath the trailer of a truck and gets crushed. Often, this type of incident is fatal. Let’s take a closer look at two different types of underride accidents and how they happen.

Rear-end underride accidents

This is when a smaller vehicle collides with the rear of a truck. It ends with the smaller vehicle sliding underneath and sustaining severe damage. There are many ways that this type of collision can happen.

For instance, the car may have been travelling too closely behind the truck and could not stop in time. However, the vehicle at the rear isn’t always at fault. If truck drivers slam on the brakes, then the tailing vehicle may simply not have enough time to stop.

Underride collisions from the side

Not all underride collisions occur from the rear. They can also occur when a smaller vehicle slides underneath the side of the trailer. This can happen if the truck driver doesn’t see the vehicle on the side and changes lanes suddenly. This is why it’s so important to be aware of trucks’ blind spots.

If you have been injured in a traffic collision caused by a negligent or reckless driver or have lost a family member, you could be entitled to financial compensation. This won’t undo the harm, but it could help with medical costs and other associated expenses. Seek legal guidance to help you protect your right to fair compensation.