Omaha Truck Underride Crash Attorneys
What is an Underride Truck Accident?
When a vehicle has an accident with a big rig, cars often slide under the truck’s trailer. Cars in these accidents can get their roof top smashed or ripped off. This is what’s called an "underride accident". Underride accidents are especially dangerous accidents because of how violent they are. While some modern 18 wheelers have safety measures installed to avoid underride accident, not all trucks are similarly equipped.
If you or a family member is ever involved in an accident with a truck, don’t hesitate to contact Cullan & Cullan LLC. Our Nebraska truck accident attorneys have helped accident victims recover the compensation that they deserve . You can reach us at (402) 397-7600.
Truck Underride Accident Severity
Most underride accidents involve a passenger vehicle hitting the truck from behind and sliding under the truck. Unfortunately, most trucks are tall enough for cars to get most of their hood under the truck. Car windshield and roofs get sheared off in accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), underride accidents cause:
- About 450 deaths each year
- Over 5,000 people injured
- Over 70% of all fatalities in large truck accidents are passengers in passenger cars
NHTSA also reports that about 80% of all accidents with tractor trailers are underride accidents.
Types of Truck Underride Crashes
Truck underride crashes can be divided into two categories: rear or a side underride accident:
- A rear underride accident is when a vehicle collides with a truck and then slides underneath.
- A side underride accident occurs when a passenger vehicle slides underneath the side of the truck after the initial collision.
Truck Underride Accident Causes
The following are common causes of underride crashes:
- Faulty truck headlights
- Slow moving/broken down trucks
- Underride guard failure
- Drunk drivers
- Tired drivers
- Defective truck equipment
- Inexperienced drivers
- Dangerous road or bad weather conditions
Truck Underride Accident Injuries
Because of how bad these accidents are, victims can face large medical bills, lost wages, and costly medical treatments for injuries like:
Underride Guard Rail Regulations
Government regulations require trailers and semi-trailers to have underride guards installed to protect passenger cars in rear end truck accidents. But, there are regulatory gaps that allow some older trucks to not follow these rules. Contact an Omaha personal injury lawyer at Cullan & Cullan LLC, so that we may determine if your accident involved a truck that should've had guard rails installed.
Filing a Truck Underride Crash Lawsuit in Omaha
If you or a family member has suffered an injury in a truck underride crash, you might be able to pursue an accident claim. Your lawsuit can help pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage.
Contact the experienced truck accident attorneys at Cullan & Cullan LLC to explore your legal options.
Our Nebraska lawyers have helped many truck accident victims get compensation for their injuries. We're dedicated to helping injured people in Nebraska get the justice that they deserve.
You can reach us at (402) 397-7600.
- Truck Underride Guards Leave Car Occupants at Risk
- Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Rear Impact Guards and Rear Impact Protection - FMCSA
- Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Rear Impact Guards
- Evaluation of Us Rear Underride Guard Regulation for Large Trucks Using Real-World Crashes.
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