Overview of Override and Underride Truck Accidents

Car accidents are one of the most common types of accidents leading to severe injury in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2012, there were 33,561 motor vehicle accident deaths in the United States, making car accidents one of the leading causes of death in the country. Two types of car accidents that can be particularly dangerous are override and underride truck accidents.

Losing a loved one in an override or underride truck accident can be emotionally traumatizing. While no amount of money can ever replace your lost family member, compensation can aid in paying for funeral costs and assisting with living expenses in the future. If seriously injured, a claim or lawsuit can help recover compensation for medical bills and other damages.

What are override and underride truck accidents?

Override and underride truck accidents refer to two very specific types of accidents. In an override truck accident, the large truck literally rides over the car, crushing the top of the car. In an underride accident, a car crashes into a large truck and the vehicle continues to move forward, rather than stopping, under the truck. In either type of accident, passengers may suffer severe head injuries and even decapitation resulting in instant death.

Often times, override and underride accidents involve multiple vehicles, and are caused by either the truck driver, another driver, or external factors such as weather.

The Causes of Override and Underride Truck Accidents

Some override and underride accidents are a result of the driver of a car tailgating a large truck that stops suddenly. However, the driver of the car is not always to blame.

In fact, other common causes of override and underride truck accidents include the following risk factors.

  • truck driver fatigue.
  • aggressive or reckless driving.
  • distracted driving.
  • impaired driving.
  • inclement weather.
  • poor road conditions.
  • a defect in the vehicle or vehicle part, such as a tire blowout or brake failure.

While following traffic regulations and safety standards for driving near and around trucks is important, sometimes even the most careful people become the victims of large truck accidents resulting in an override or underride.

If the accident was caused by the truck driver’s negligent actions or blatant irresponsibility—such as failing to follow traffic laws, driving while impaired, etc.—the truck company may be liable for your loved one’s death. Furthermore, if a defective product caused the accident, such as faulty brakes, the brake manufacturing company, truck manufacturer, or other party may be liable.

If you lost a love one in an override or underride truck accident caused by the negligent actions of the truck driver or by a defective product on a vehicle, you may be eligible to recover compensation.

Recovering Damages after Override and Underride Truck Accidents

If seriously injured, you may recover compensation from your medical benefits coverage, though this will likely be insufficient to cover medical bills. You may file a claim for your medical bills against the at-fault party.

If you have full tort, you can file a claim for pain and suffering. Even if you have limited tort, you may still file a claim for pain and suffering because injuries are likely serious in override and underride truck accidents.

In the event you’ve lost a loved one, compensation for your loss of companionship, your family member’s lost wages, funeral expenses, and more may be in order. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we will work hard to get you the payment of which you are in need.

For help filing your claim, proving negligence and liability, or questions about the process of filing a wrongful death or personal injury suit, call us today at 215-642-2335 to get started.