Underride and override truck accidents are two of the most tragic truck accident types. These accidents occur exactly as their names imply – an underride truck accident occurs when a car rides under the back of a large truck; an override truck accident occurs when a large truck runs over the rear of a passenger car. Both of these truck accident types can lead to severe injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Instant death.
In almost all cases, underride and override truck accidents are preventable, and would not have occurred but for the negligence of one of the parties involved. When this is the case and you have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one, contact an attorney for guidance in recovering compensation.
What causes underride and override truck accidents?
Underride and override truck accidents most commonly occur because one party involved in the accident is following the vehicle of the other party too closely. The sudden stopping of the driver in front may lead to either accident type.
This type of accident can also happen when the driver of a large truck attempts to make a wide right-hand turn or a U-turn, and the driver of the passenger car drives directly under the trailer of the truck. Sometimes, the lack or properly working rear brake lights can also influence the likelihood of an underride or override truck accident occurring. A lack of underride protection systems may also be to blame.
Who is at fault for an override or underride truck accident?
The party who is at fault for an override or underride truck accident depends on which party acted negligently. If the accident would not have occurred had the truck driver been following at an appropriate distance, then the truck driver (or the trucking company) may be held liable as a result. On the other hand, if the driver of the passenger car was acting irresponsibly, leading to the occurrence of the accident, then this driver may be to blame.
A truck accident attorney can work with you to determine exactly why the accident happened, and who may be at fault and therefore liable for injuries.
How an Attorney Can Help
We understand how devastating and emotional an underride or override truck accident can be. At the Montero Law Center, our Florida truck accident attorneys will help you to determine fault, file a claim, negotiate with the insurance company, and take your case to court if necessary. It is important that you act quickly, as the statute of limitations in Florida is four years. Contact us today for a free case consultation at 954-767-6500.