Justice For Underride Truck Accident Victims
Attorneys who can demand the compensation you deserve
Truck underride accidents are among the most violent and deadly on the road. This type of wreck occurs when a smaller vehicle gets stuck under a larger one. This often shears or crushes the smaller vehicle’s cab, causing devastating injuries. Semi-trucks and other big rigs are required to have underride guards installed at the rear of their trailers, but they only provide so much protection.
If you lost a loved one or were injured in an underride accident, you deserve justice and compensation. Hoover Rogers Law, LLP would be honored to fight for your rights following a bad crash.
Our personal injury law firm provides services to the Wichita Falls and Lawton area, on both sides of the Texas-Oklahoma border. Contact us today for a free consultation with an underride accident attorney.
Causes of underride collisions
An underride accident can happen to anyone, but there are certain factors that raise the risk of this type of accident. Among the risk factors associated with underrides are:
- Vehicle size (sedans and small vehicles are more likely than other passenger vehicles to be involved in an underride)
- Poorly maintained underride guards
- Bad weather and slippery road conditions
- Worn out brakes
- Faulty headlights, taillights, brake or turn signals
- Dark colored vehicles that reduce visibility
It is not clear how many underride fatalities happen per year, but some estimates say that about 25 percent of all truck accident deaths are due to underride collisions.
Types of underride crashes
There are two types of underride accidents — rear and side.
Side underride accidents are most likely to occur when light and visibility levels are low. They are usually caused when a trucker makes a turn, crossing an intersection, merging, or attempting a U-turn.
Rear underride crashes often involve tractor-trailers and other trucks that have poorly maintained or nonoperational rear lights and markings. Some underrides occur when a truck is parked. An example of this type of accident is a truck pulled over on the side of the highway at nighttime. The trucker fails to properly set out flares, emergency markers, or other methods of increasing visibility. The other vehicle doesn’t see the parked truck until it is too late.
We understand the high cost of underride wrecks
Underride accidents often lead to serious injuries and fatalities. The injuries sustained often require extensive medical procedures and therapy for the victim to recover. Many victims never fully recover and require disability equipment or services to get their lives back on track.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are common after underride accidents. Effects of TBI and other head damage include:
- Reduced brain capacity
- Memory problems
- Poor balance
- Changes in hearing, vision, taste, smell, and/or touch
- Difficulty speaking
- Impaired social capacity
Unfortunately, many underride accidents are fatal. If you were hurt, or lost a loved one, we will stand up for you.
A law firm that will fight for your family
If you are injured, you need an attorney who is just as dedicated to your physical, mental, and financial recovery as you are.
Hoover Rogers Law, LLP is dedicated to our corner of Texoma. This is where founding attorneys Ben Hoover and Grant Rogers were born and are now raising their own families. We are honored to fight for the injured members of our community and stand up to trucking companies when they don’t take safety seriously.
We understand that this isn’t just a case, this is your life and there is a lot at stake for you after an accident. That’s why we don’t back down.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an underride accident, don’t wait. It’s important to start gathering evidence right away and to stay ahead of the statute of limitations. Contact Hoover Rogers Law now for a free consultation with a truck accident attorney.