Underride Truck Crash Lawyers Helping the Injured in Washington, DC
Our Washington, DC truck accident attorneys will demand justice
Our Washington, DC truck accident lawyers have seen the gruesome consequences of a smaller passenger vehicle crashing into the side or rear of an 18-wheeler and getting crushed underneath in a deadly underride crash. Sheared off roofs, twisted metal, and broken glass are all common occurrences at the scene of an underride crash, and tragically, so are fatalities. Those lucky enough to escape from an underride collision with a truck may be injured so severely that their lives are never the same again. If you've been injured or a loved one was killed in an underride truck crash, we can help explain your legal options and figure out what steps you can take to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Truck accident lawyers who understand the dangers of underride crashes
Underride truck accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. One moment you could be driving safely down the road, and the next you could be bracing for impact as a tractor-trailer crosses directly into your path. Maybe you're driving at night on a highway, and the next thing you know, you're getting ready to crash into the rear of an 18-wheeler. In either scenario, the driver who smashed into the big rig's trailer did nothing wrong, but they still suffered the consequences. The sad truth is ─ most underride crashes are preventable and often due to negligence by the trucker or trucking company. Some of the more common ways underride crashes happen include:
- Improper turns: A tractor-trailer driver who's making a turn, pulling out onto a road or trying to merge into another lane can easily collide with another vehicle if the driver makes the turn too widely, doesn't signal, or cuts the corner. This can result in a side underride crash, trapping the other car's occupants inside and potentially causing serious harm.
- Braking too fast: Weighing around 80,000 pounds and hauling trailers that can be 50 feet long, a big rig needs a lot more room to stop than the average passenger car. In some instances, an 18-wheeler may need up to 200 yards to come to a complete stop. If a truck driver is being negligent (speeding, texting and driving, fatigued driving, etc.) and needs to stop quickly, they may slam their brakes and cause a rear underride crash with another vehicle, even if that unsuspecting car was traveling at a safe enough distance.
- Poor maintenance: If a truck doesn't have reflective tape on its trailer or all the trailer lights aren't functioning properly, it can be difficult for other motorists to see the big rig's trailer at night or in weather that impacts visibility. Underride accidents happen more often at night, and if a tractor-trailer's brake lights are out or malfunctioning, it can be extremely difficult for other cars to know if an 18-wheeler is slowing down or coming to a stop. Some tractor-trailers come equipped with underride guards that help prevent smaller vehicles from sliding underneath in the event of a collision, though defective or broken underride guards can also contribute to deadly underride crashes.
- Trucker/Trucking Company Negligence: Speeding, distracted driving, fatigued/drowsy driving, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, not following the rules of the road or not adjusting for weather conditions are all ways for a trucker to be negligent and possibly cause an underride crash. Trucking companies who hire unqualified or inexperienced drivers, put pressure on their drivers to ignore regulations and exceed the allowable amount of time behind the wheel, and fail to properly maintain their vehicles can also be responsible for causing an underride crash.
Let a Washington, DC truck accident lawyer get to work for you
If you've been injured in an underride crash, chances are you've suffered a serious injury. It might be that you've lost a family member in a fatal underride crash. No matter the circumstances, if the crash was somebody else's fault then you should demand that those who are responsible be held accountable for their negligence. We can study the details surrounding your crash, explain your legal options, and help you get maximum compensation for your damages. If you've lost a loved one in a crash, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Fight back with the help of a Washington, DC truck accident lawyer. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today for a free consultation.