Underride truck accidents are those in which a smaller passenger vehicle and a large truck collide with the smaller vehicle sliding under the side or rear of the truck. Large trucks have a higher body and greater distance between the road and the underside of that body. A smaller vehicle that ends up under a truck can result in fatal or serious injuries, whether or not the truck is still moving. Very often the smaller vehicle is carrying passengers and the driver. The underside of the truck can intrude into the smaller vehicle causing catastrophic injuries. Recently, a major news bureau reported that 350 people are fatally injured annually in the United States in these accidents (source ABC News).
Atlanta truck accident lawyers at Scholle Law and Charles Scholle have the experience and expertise to fully evaluate the causes of your underride truck crash and fight for your rights. You and your family may be dealing with a fatality and need expert support needed after these traumatic crashes. Given the serious nature of the injuries that are often the result of underride truck accidents, victims often have large medical bills, need rehabilitation and experience post traumatic issues. Scholle Law can support victims through the process of recovery and legal issues.
Trucking companies are regulated both by the federal government and Georgia law. They are under stringent safety requirements and must take the precautions to keep their trucks safe; their drivers properly trained and protect all those on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations require trucking companies to ensure that their trucks and trailers have rear impact guards. They must also be equipped with reflectors or reflective tape to protect and warn other vehicles from underride and other types of tractor-trailer accidents.
One of the most common types of underride accidents occurs when the smaller vehicle moves underneath the rear of the truck. This generally happens when the truck stops suddenly. It can also happen at night if the required lights and reflective tape are not present on the back of the truck. Trucks should have proper rear bumper or protective guards, taillights and other protections such as reflectors to warn other drivers of the truck’s presence. It is the trucking company and the driver’s duty to ensure these are maintained and clean while they are on the road. Brakes and warning lights must also be in good working order.
Some of the causes of underride collisions include when road conditions are poor and visibility is obscured, truck drivers make a lane change when a smaller vehicle is in the lane they are entering or stop suddenly without warning to the vehicles behind them. Underride accidents can even take place in multi-car pile-ups when a truck stops one or more smaller vehicles are pushed under the truck by other collisions.
The Atlanta underride truck accident lawyers of Scholle Law have the expertise to help your family after a fatal injury and to fight for your rights after a serious truck accident. The severity of the injuries and the parties who must be included in the case, require the investigative expertise and experience of underride truck accident lawyers at Scholle Law.
Please contact Scholle Law or call toll-free 866-972-5287 or in Atlanta 770-717-5100 to set up a free consultation with no obligation to discuss your underride truck accident.