In 2011, over 100 fatal truck accidents occurred in North Carolina, according to the University of North Carolina Highway Research Center. One of the deadliest types of accidents to occur on North Carolina’s roads is the truck underride accident. When a passenger vehicle hits a large truck and then slides beneath the body of the truck, this is referred to as a truck underride accident. These accidents can result in massive property damage and severe injuries.
If you or a family member sustained an injury while involved in an underride truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Injury victims may be able to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages and property damage. Contact a knowledgeable Greensboro truck accident attorney today to learn about your legal rights.
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Different Types of Truck Underride Accidents
There are two types of truck underride crashes, a rear underride accident or a side underride accident. When a car collides with a commercial truck and then slides under the truck, this is considered to be a rear underride truck accident. A side underride accident happens when a vehicle slides underneath the side of the car after the collision.
Causes of Truck Underride Accidents
Truck underride accidents can be caused by a number of factors. Some factors that can contribute to truck underride accidents are:
- A truck that’s traveling slowly and the driver fails to use emergency flashers.
- Commercial trucks that are not moving with the speed of traffic
- A truck’s headlights that are dim, dirty or malfunctioning
- A disabled truck on the road and a truck driver that does not use reflective triangles
- Inadequate safety lighting when a truck is turning or blocking traffic
- Underride Guard Failure
Regulations on Underride Guard Rails
There are regulations that require the installation of underride guard rails on semi-trailers and trailers on commercial vehicles. The purpose of the underride guard rails is to protect passenger vehicle occupants in the event of a rear-end truck collision. Currently, there regulatory gaps that allows some commercial vehicles to be excluded from these regulations. Some auto experts argue that the regulations on the book do not adequately protect passenger occupants. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been asked by
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to strengthen their standards in regards to underride guard rails.
If you were injured in an underride truck crash and believe that the underride guard failed, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact Mike Lewis Attorneys today to explore your legal options.
Filing a Truck Accident Lawsuit in North Carolina
In 2011, there were over 2,500 injury crashes that involved large trucks or buses. If you or a loved one was injured in an underride truck accident, you may be eligible to file a legal claim against the negligent party. It’s imperative to seek legal guidance immediately after truck accident. North Carolina has a statute of limitations for filing truck accident lawsuits.
We offer free legal consultations to North Carolina accident victims. During your legal consultation an attorney will review the facts surrounding your truck accident and advise you on the best course of action to take.
Our lawyers and staff are available to assist residents in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas with their areas.
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