Semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are often several times the size of most other cars and trucks on the road. Consequently, tractor-trailers pose certain unique risks to the drivers and occupants of these other vehicles. Among these risks is the danger that a smaller vehicle will slide underneath the trailer of a truck, potentially causing serious damage. These accidents are known as “underride accidents,” and pose a significant risk to the health and safety of motorists. When they are the result of the result of someone else’s negligence, victims can often recover by pursuing a Georgia personal injury claim against the responsible party or parties. Determining whether you have a claim starts with discussing your case with an experienced Tyrone truck accident attorney.
What Causes Tyrone Underride Accidents?
Underride accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. As with any other personal injury case, a victim must be able to establish that an accident was caused by the negligence of another party in order to successfully recover for their losses. Among the more common ways that negligence causes underride accidents include:
- Unexpected stops
- Brake light failure
- Inadequate reflective material
- Defectively designed or manufactured underride guards
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Driver error
- Reckless driving
- Failure to signal lane changes
- Poor weather conditions
After a underride accident, victims should be certain to discuss their case with an experienced attorney. A lawyer will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you as to whether he or she believes that you have a claim.
Contact a Tyrone truck accident attorney for a free consultation
People who have been injured in truck underride accidents may be entitled to substantial compensation. Potential sources of recovery include the truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of the truck’s underride guard, or the truck manufacturer. The truck accident lawyers of Shane Smith Law are dedicated to advocating for the rights of truck accident victims. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (980) 246-2656.