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Under-Ride Accidents

There are certain precautions that need to be taken by truckers to prevent unfortunate accidents between trucks and smaller cars. Without the use of proper truck safety devices, when a car strikes the back of a truck, the resulting accident can cause significant damage and potentially life-threatening injuries to the smaller vehicle’s occupants. This occurs in part because of the size difference between the front of the car and the bottom of the truck. The resulting accident can cause what is known as under-ride.

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Preventing Under-ride

Under-ride happens when the front of a car does not measure up to the height of the bottom of a truck’s trailer. When a car hits the back, side, or corners of the trailer, the front of the smaller vehicle goes under the trailer. The actual collision occurs around the windshield, meaning that the force of the accident bypasses most major safety precautions for the smaller vehicle. To prevent this accident, the following are employed:

  • Rear under-ride guards
  • Reflective tape to increase visibility
  • Lights lining the trailer to increase visibility

Although rear under-ride bars are mandatory on modern trailers, side and corner guards are rarely used. In these instances, truckers should undertake efforts to increase their trailer’s visibility, as many under-ride accidents are the result of poor night-time visibility.

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Neck and head injuries often result from under-ride accidents, potentially leaving victims with immense medical bills, vehicle replacement costs, and a loss of wages. To learn more about your legal options if you have been injured in an under-ride accident attributable to a truck driver’s negligence, contact the Racine car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.