In 2013, there were an estimated 342,000 large trucks involved in accidents across the United States, an average of just over 936 truck accidents per day. While not all truck accidents lead to severe damage and injuries, many of them do. In particular, override and underride truck accidents can be especially severe.
What are override and underride truck accidents?
Override and underride truck accidents are extremely similar in nature and the catastrophic devastation that can result. However, they are slightly different in their definition: an override truck accident is an accident where a large truck runs over a smaller vehicle; an underride truck accident is an accident type where a smaller vehicle slides under a large truck from behind.
Both accident types conclude with the large vehicle (truck) being on top of the smaller one, resulting in severe property damage and injuries.
Causes of Underride and Override Truck Accidents
Underride and override accidents can occur because of either vehicle’s driver. If a car is following a truck too closely, not being able to brake in time may lead to an underride accident. The same is true for a truck driver that’s following a vehicle too closely. If there is not enough stopping room, the truck may drive over the vehicle.
Other causes of underride and override truck accidents include, but are not limited to this list.
- Faulty brakes
- Improper lane change
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Aggressive driving
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit after an Underride and Override Truck Accident
When a person is involved in an underride or override truck accident, the outlook for that person is often not good; underride and override truck accidents can lead to devastating injuries.
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries
Following an underride or override accident, the victim may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit if negligence (on the truck driver’s part, a vehicle manufacturer, another driver, etc.) was the cause of the accident. If the victim is deceased or incapacitated, a loved one (personal representative) may be able to file a civil action on the injured person’s behalf.
Seeking Legal Counsel
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim after a car accident is two years. To assist you in beginning the process today, call the Law Office of Jason R. Shultz, P.C. for a case consultation 404-474-0804.