Skilled South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers Getting Justice for Victims of Underride or Override Collisions
If you are injured or if your loved one was killed in a tractor-trailer accident, we are here for you
An underride accident occurs when a smaller vehicle hits the back or side of a tractor-trailer and becomes trapped or lodged beneath it, or has its top crushed or ripped off. An override collision occurs when the cab or trailer of a tractor-trailer runs over a smaller vehicle. The sheer weight and ground clearance of tractor-trailers involved in underride or override collisions usually cause death or catastrophic injury to the occupant of the smaller vehicle.
Federal regulations require rear impact guards fastened to the backs large trucks to stop cars and prevent them from sliding underneath, but the South Carolina truck accident lawyers at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, know these are not always effective. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put them to the test by crashing a 2010 Chevy Malibu into the back of parked trailers at 35 miles an hour. The rear guard that meets the U.S. standard gave way, and the car was crushed when it slid under the trailer. If there had been real occupants instead of crash dummies in the front seat, the IIHS said they would not have survived. This would point toward more accountability on the part of truck drivers for avoiding short stops.
What are the causes of truck underride and override collisions?
Override and underride collisions typically occur when a truck driver fails to brake with sufficient room and skids or jackknifes. This is usually due to:
- Speeding, tailgating or reckless driving
- Poor driver training
- Failure to adjust speed and braking distance to weather conditions
- Driving drunk, or while impaired
- Poor truck maintenance
- Brake failure and defective parts
When an underride or override collision occurs, survivors are likely to sustain serious and potentially life-long injuries. If you or a loved one is injured or killed in an underride or override truck accident you should seek qualified legal counsel at once. Being able to rely on the experience and skills of South Carolina truck accident attorneys when dealing with these kinds of accidents removes a major burden from the victims; it allows them to concentrate on the business of healing and rehabilitation. The lawyers at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, have access to specialists that enable us to effectively evaluate a case, determine which parties to file claims against, accurately value your case and support a victim’s claim in court.
Contact our knowledgeable truck accident attorneys today for more information
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC’s hard-working team of South Carolina truck accident lawyers has years of in-depth experience advocating for families who suffered the loss of a loved one due to a trucking company’s or driver’s negligence. Let us help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, today. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by an experienced South Carolina truck accident attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. We proudly serve people throughout the state from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.