Everyone knows that trucking accidents are often far more dangerous than the average car accident, and our Alabama truck accident lawyers have more knowledge of the details than most. When an 18-wheeler is in the lane next to you, it’s important that you pay attention to what they are doing. Otherwise, you are putting yourself at risk for an underride or override trucking accident.
What Are Underride and Override Trucking Accidents?
Underride and override accidents happen when a car is forced under the trailer of a truck, and constitute around half of all accidents involving a car and a truck. Underride accidents are when a car swerves into a truck’s trailer, getting pulled under the back wheels. Override accidents are when a truck merges into a lane without realizing that a car is right next to the trailer.
Common causes of override and underride trucking accidents include:
- Distracted drivers
- Low-visibility conditions
- Brakes failing and causing a vehicle to swerve
- Vehicles failing to signal before lane changes
- A car tailgating a truck
- Tire blowout
- Failing to use lights
- Failing to yield to a vehicle changing lanes
These collisions frequently pull the car sideways under the truck’s wheels, negating many of the safety features built into cars (which are designed more to absorb collisions from the front and back of the vehicle). As a result, fatality rates are much higher than normal in these collisions.
If a loved one or family member was killed or seriously injured as the result of a trucking accident, you need to talk to the truck accident lawyers at Long & Long. We serve clients in Mobile, Orange Beach, and throughout Alabama, and you can contact us for a free legal consultation by calling (251) 432-2277.