Underside accidents are a specific type of highway accident wherein a smaller car or automobile collides with a larger truck and slides underneath the truck’s trailer. This often happens because of a rear-end type collision, or the result of a side collision.
These types of accidents can be particularly severe and can lead to very severe injuries, as the car can often be crushed or dragged, and the trailer may hit the car at a height that is nearly level with the driver or passengers.
In many cases, the driver or operator of a commercial truck can be held liable for an underride accident. They may be held liable for negligence, especially in cases involving:
Liability for the truck driver may increase if other factors are present, such as reckless driving or driving under the influence. Also, in some cases, a trucking company can be held liable for an injury. An example of this is if they fail to provide their hired drivers with the appropriate level of training.
As mentioned, underside accidents can be serious, and many cases result in legal action for damages. In such lawsuits, the remedy for the injured party will usually be some form of monetary damages award. The damages may cover costs like hospital and medical expenses, automobile repairs, lost wages from missing work, and other costs. In cases where wrongful death is an issue, additional damages may also be issued.
Underride accident lawsuits can be complex and may require the assistance of a lawyer. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you or a loved one of yours needs assistance with a lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and guidance for your case.
Last Modified: 08-04-2017 02:22 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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