An underride accident can be a terrifying experience, one which often causes the victims to suffer catastrophic injuries or death. If you or a loved one has been injured in an underride, you can find dedicated help in recovering compensation for your losses by contacting an Austin underride truck accident attorney from the Loewy Law Firm, who can represent you in your claim and fight for your right to a fair settlement. Mr. Loewy will personally work on your case, bringing his decade of experience and track record of $30 million in recoveries to bear on your claim.
How Underride Truck Accidents Happen
Sudden braking is one of the most common causes of underride accidents, specifically when the truck driver slams on the brakes and forces the following vehicle into a rear-end collision. Semi-trucks and big-rigs sit high enough above the ground that many sedans, coupes and other smaller passenger vehicles may be forced in under the tail of the trailer. The front hood and engine compartment can be crushed, and the driver and passenger may suffer severe injuries ranging from broken bones to disfigurement and even death.
While an underride accident may be the result of truck driver negligence, there is also a possibility that employer negligence was a factor in causing your injuries. Many commercial trucking companies recognize the risks associated with this type of collision, and have taken preventative measures by installing underride guards on the rear of the trailer, a metal frame designed to bar a vehicle from driving underneath the truck. If the company failed to install such a guard or did not properly maintain the equipment, you may have grounds for legal action. Whether you were injured or if you want to claim damages for the wrongful death of a loved one, we encourage you to seek our help today.
Contact an Austin truck accident lawyer at our firm to learn more about how we can fight for you in the aftermath of a tragic underride accident.