Override and Underride Trucking Accidents

 

An override truck accident occurs when a smaller vehicle is run over by a larger vehicle (Usually a truck). An underride accident happens when a car or other vehicle slides underneath the back of a truck or perhaps the sides of a trailer.

Because trucks are so massive, many of these collisions cause catastrophic injuries.

If you have been involved in one of these accidents please contact us today or visit our page: Sacramento Truck accident lawyer.

Main Reasons for Override Accidents:
  • The trucker miscalculates stopping distance and runs over the vehicle in front of him. Often this occurs because of tailgating or foggy weather conditions.
  • Brake failure
  • A Failure to yield
  • Defective tires
  • Improper Lane Change
  • Speeding
Main Reasons for Underride Accidents:

A car can go under the back frame of a truck for many reasons, including:

  • Car  tailgating the  truck;
  •  Amotorist failing to notice the trailer in foggy and rainy conditions; or
  • A negligent act of the truck driver, such as a sudden stop.

 Some Examples of trucker negligence are

  • Failure to use proper lights or meet the standards for conspicuity when parked on the road.
  • Failure to use under-ride guards; and/or
  • Failure to maintain the brakes, reflective tape or tail lights..

Since 1993, trailers are mandated to be fitted with reflective tapes along the sides and at the rear. However, many older trucks have not been retro-fitted.

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