Side and Rear Under-ride Accidents
When a driver either strikes or is stricken by an 18-wheeler, the results can be devastating. However, if that driver collides with the rear end or the side of a truck, the vehicle’s safety systems may be partially or completely bypassed. The resulting collision generally damages the windshield instead of the front of the vehicle, meaning that injuries suffered in these accidents can directly impact the driver’s face and neck.
If you have been injured as a result of the reckless actions of a truck driver, contact the Sheboygan truck accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874 for a free case evaluation.
Injuries from Under-ride Accidents
Considering that the windshield and top of a vehicle may only provide minimal resistance, injuries to the driver and front passenger can be extremely severe in under-ride accidents. Without crumple zones in the front of the car, the full force of the collision may be placed directly on the top half of the vehicle, which is generally not meant to handle such forces. The following injuries may be suffered as a result:
- Severe lacerations
- Bone fractures
- Brain injuries
- Damage to sensory organs
Commercial trucks are expected to have reflective tape on the sides and rear of the vehicle. Rear guards have been added to many trucks to reduce the danger of these accidents, but there are no required guards for the sides of the vehicle.
When a truck turns across a lane of traffic or suddenly changes direction, vehicles following behind or in the path of the trailer can collide with the truck. The resulting collision can cause severe injuries that require emergency medical treatment. For more information regarding your rights if you have been injured in this manner, contact the Sheboygan truck accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.