The most serious accidents involving large trucks are either underride or override accidents. As we addressed in another post, underride accidents occur when a vehicle drives under the back of a truck. Override accidents, on the other hand, happen when the truck runs over another vehicle, such as a smaller car or motorcycle. This type of accident can cause serious, catastrophic, and often fatal injuries. Victims of override accidents usually face extensive rehabilitation and overwhelming medical expenses. Furthermore, they may not be able to work while they recover, and the lost wages will further complicate their financial situation. If you have been injured in an override accident, a Peachtree City truck accident attorney can help you get compensated for your injuries and financial losses.
Override accident refers to an accident in which the front end of a truck runs over anything in its path. These accidents are often the fault of the truck driver, but can be caused by many factors. Common factors and causes can include:
- Following other vehicles too closely (tailgating)
- Loss of concentration and focus due to driver fatigue or illegal substances
- Brake failure
- Adverse weather conditions, such as slick or icy roads
- Sudden tire blowouts
- Other forms of reckless and/or aggressive driving
Because trucks are so much larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the road, they can cause extensive damage when they run over another type of vehicle. Motorcyclists have almost zero protection against this type of accident and often suffer fatal injuries. Back seat passengers in smaller cars are also particularly at risk in the event of an override accident. Back seat passengers are also often children, and therefore may be more susceptible to injuries because their bodies are not yet fully developed.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an override accident and suffered injuries, it is important that you call an experienced trucking attorney. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at 770-487-8999.