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What to know about underride accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 1, 2024 | Truck Accident

While all car accidents are concerning, as they can lead to injuries and damages, accidents involving a truck are considered much more dangerous.

This is due to different reasons, not the least of which is the possibility of an underride accident. Here is what to know about this type of accident:

What is an underride accident?

An underride accident is when a small vehicle crashes into the side or back of a truck, sliding underneath. This accident can occur even at slow speeds. 

Side underride crashes mainly occur when a truck is trying to cross or turn onto a street/highway, making a U-turn or backing up in traffic. If an oncoming driver of a small vehicle fails to notice the truck driver on time, perhaps due to poor visibility at night, they may end up under the truck from the side.

Rear underride accidents occur in similar circumstances that cause typical rear-end collisions, including a truck driver slamming their brakes suddenly. This type of crash can also happen when a truck is parked at the side of the road.

Further, trucks typically take time to accelerate when they enter or exit a new road or ramp. A driver may not expect to meet a slow-moving truck when entering or exiting the road. If they don’t have enough time to come to a stop, they may find themselves under the truck.

Why are underride wrecks considered more dangerous?

In most cases, underride crashes lead to fatalities and serious head/neck injuries. The truck can shear off the car’s roof, which can lead to fatalities. The wreck may also not activate some safety features, such as airbag deployment. This makes underride accidents more dangerous for occupants of smaller vehicles.

If you or your loved one was injured in an underride crash, it is wise to learn more about what it takes to receive fair compensation. Legal guidance can help.