Truck underride accidents are one of the most deadly and catastrophic types of truck accidents that can occur. An underride accident occurs when, for one reason or another, the front end of a vehicle (usually a car) goes underneath the trailer portion of a truck. The situation worsens because the front end of the car may fit underneath the truck, but the rest of the car usually cannot, and the vehicle can be sliced in half, resulting in catastrophic, if not fatal injuries. If you or a loved one was injured in a serious underride truck accident, a Los Angeles and Nevada truck accident attorney can help you understand what your rights are and how you should proceed at this point. You may be able to seek financial compensation for your medical bills, injuries, and pain and suffering.
One of the worst things about an underride accident is the knowledge that it could have been avoided is proper precautions had been taken by the truck driver or the trucking company. By law, commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, semis, and tractor trailers, are supposed to be fitted with a guard that is no higher than 22 inches off the ground in order to prevent underride accidents from occurring. However, this is not always followed through on, and when an underride accident occurs, there is a good chance that someone did not follow the letter of the law. Other causes of underside accidents can be the result of negligence or error on the part of the truck driver. Federal law regulates how many hours a driver can reasonably drive without taking a break, and if that is not adhered to, a tired driver on the road can pose a major threat to those around him or her.
At Lagstein Law Firm, we understand how devastating an underride accident can be. In most underride accident cases, serious, catastrophic injuries can occur, which result in life-altering physical disabilities and diminished quality of life for the victims. In other instances, an underride accident can lead to the death of the individuals involved in the crash. When facing the aftermath of an underride accident, you need an experienced Los Angeles and Nevada truck accident attorney who will relentlessly and aggressively fight on your behalf for the financial compensation that you and your family deserves.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an underride truck accident, contact a Los Angeles and Nevada truck accident lawyer from our firm today to discuss your case and find out if you have a viable claim.