Tampa Underride Truck Accidents
When driving near a semi truck, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and avoid a rear-end accident. That’s because such a crash could cause a truck underride. What this means is that the passenger vehicle goes under the truck. The passenger vehicle has no protection and ends up getting crushed. All too often, these crashes result in debilitating injuries and horrific deaths. In fact, hundreds of people are killed in these accidents every year.
While many trucks now have rear underride guards to prevent this from happening, they do not always work effectively, so this accident can still happen. Have you been a victim? If so, seek effective legal representation as soon as possible from the Tampa truck underride lawyers at Anderson & Anderson.
What Causes Underride Accidents?
Truck underride accidents may be caused by the following:
Tailgating. Following too closely can lead to rear-end accidents. Drivers need to leave extra space between themselves and semi trucks, as these vehicles cannot stop quickly.
Poor visibility. In the darkness or bad weather, visibility is reduced. This can make it hard for a motorist to see a trailer in front of them, making an accident more likely to occur.
Poor guards. Rear guards are required, but even if they are on, they can wear down with age. Plus, even when guards are installed, they may not be sufficient to prevent a fatal underride accident.
Defective truck brakes. Malfunctioning brakes or brake lights can make it hard for drivers behind the truck to know whether or not the truck is slowing down. This can make it hard to stop in time, making a rear underride accident more likely to occur.
Rear Guard Requirement
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has required rear guards on semi truck trailers since 1998. Having these underride guards on can prevent a car from sliding underneath the rear of the truck in the event of a crash.
However, these rear guards are not as strong as they used to be. They are now 20+ years old on some trucks. This means that instead of acting as a barrier, they can fail in the event of an accident.
While there is a requirement for rear guards, side guards are not mandated. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended side guard installation to the NHTSA, but no changes have been made yet, even though these guards could save lives.
Contact Us Today
Truck underride is often a deadly situation for the occupants of the passenger vehicle. If you or a loved one has been involved in such a crash, seek legal help right away.
The Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson understand the dangers and damages involved and will work quickly to preserve evidence and fight your case. Time is of the essence in these accidents, so don’t delay. Contact us today by filling out the online form or calling 813-251-0072.