Glendale Underride Accident Attorneys
Information from the Department of Transportation shows that there were 5,081 truck underride fatalities between 2004 and 2014. Some advocates believe that underride deaths are actually underreported, in which case that number could be much higher. In any case, underride accidents are among the deadliest form of trucking accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured, an attorney from Aghabegian & Associates, PC can fight for your right to compensation.
Our legal team at Aghabegian & Associates, PC has seen just how devastating underride accidents are. Victims of these catastrophic collisions have come to us, in pain and traumatized, and asked for our help. We fight for our clients to receive fair compensation for the horrific accidents that they had to live through. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to an underride accident, contact us today at (818) 507-4311, and find out how we can help you.
There is a significant height difference between passenger autos and semi-trucks. This means that during a collision, the odds of a vehicle going underneath a tractor-trailer is actually very high. An underride accident does not always involve a rear collision. Side underrides are also very common, and can happen during lane changes or when someone loses control of a vehicle.
The dangers of underride accidents are very significant. Cars that pass below an 18-wheeler often get stuck, causing the occupants inside to become trapped. Many will perish while they wait for someone to free them.
Most passenger autos are manufactured with certain crumple zones. These crumple zones are designed to absorb the impact of a crash, and will typically fold up like an accordion.
Unfortunately, the crumple zones on most vehicles is never impacted during an underride semi crash. Instead, the windshield is normally impacted. In that case, people may also be subjected to flying shards of glass in addition to their accident injuries.
Underride accidents can be caused by different kinds of situations, many of which are out of your control. However, you should still be aware of what can contribute to an accident, so that you can practice safe driving when near a truck on the road. Some things that may contribute to an underride accident include:
- Distracted driving
- Improper lane changes
- Improper loading, which may cause a rig to sway
- Sudden braking
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that there were 4,889 large truck and bus fatalities during 2017. Being involved in an underride accident increases your odds of very serious injury or death. Please contact our law firm right away if you or someone you love has been involved in a trucking accident.
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires trucks to have an underride guard installed on the back of their truck. However, they note that there are no inspection requirements for these guards. Furthermore, rear safety guards are not effective in all situations, meaning that some cars may still pass through. There are also no requirements whatsoever for the use of side guards.
A number of accidents could be prevented if trucks were to have the right safety guards in place and have them inspected on a regular basis. In fact, the GAO has made several recommendations to the DOT concerning the use of side guards. But until new safety regulations are enacted, motorists will continue to be vulnerable to the effects of an underride accident.
As we’ve pointed out, underride accidents are among the most dangerous truck accidents, simply because of the level of devastation they cause. The car can be shorn in have, completely crushed, or even run over by the wheels of the truck. Those who are injured in an underride accident can suffer debilitating injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severed limbs
- Skull fractures
- Broken bones
- Spinal column and back injuries
- Organ damage
Severe injuries can lead to permanent disfigurement or disability. The loved ones of those who perish in such an accident may sometimes be eligible to file a wrongful death suit as well.
Trucking companies and the insurance carriers who represent them are notorious for fighting their victims. Their goal in many cases is to pay out as little in damages as possible-or perhaps even avoid paying altogether. When going up against them, you need someone who will fight just as hard as they do.
In Glendale, Los Angeles, and the San Fernando Valley, people count on Aghabegian & Associates, PC to provide them with solid representation. Please contact us right away at (818) 507-4311 if you have been injured in an accident.