Side and Rear Truck Accidents
Accidents between 18-wheeler trucks and passenger vehicles can be truly horrifying. With the massive amount of force generated by an 18-wheeler striking such a comparatively small vehicle, the damages can easily total the smaller vehicle and severely injure the driver and any passengers. However, if the collision occurs around the side or rear of the truck, an extremely dangerous accident known as an under-ride accident may take place.
The car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, are here to assist you in the wake of a devastating accident. If you have been injured by a careless truck driver, contact us today at 800-242-2874 to discuss the details of your claim.
Avoiding Under-ride Accidents
Under-ride is a problem that primarily occurs when a truck moves between lanes or passes through a lane of traffic, opening the trailer to on-coming vehicles. Rear under-ride may also occur when a truck stops abruptly or a driver runs into the back of a truck. To minimize the possibility of an under-ride accident, the following safety precautions may be taken by truckers:
- Pay special heed when driving at night
- Use reflective tape around the sides and rear of a truck
- Employ the required rear guard bar
- Signal clearly and early
- Keep head lamps running at night
- Make sure lights are visible
Under-ride accidents are particularly dangerous because of how the car collides with the larger truck. When an under-ride occurs, the smaller vehicle actually goes under the truck, striking the larger vehicle around the height of the driver’s neck and head. As a result, the injuries involved in these accidents can be life-threatening.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler, legal compensation may be available. To learn more about how the law can help those injured by negligent behavior on the road, contact the Madison truck accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.