Accidents involving an underride carriage collision can be catastrophic for those involved. If you have or a loved one have been involved in a carriage underride accident, The Law Offices of David Azizi have the experience, compassion and track record to help you find the justice and financial compensation you deserve during this difficult time. If you need immediate assistance, chat now or call our offices at 800-991-5292 to begin a free and thorough review of your unique and important case.
What Is a Carriage Underride Accident?
An accident where a vehicle slides directly underneath the rear trailer of a large semi truck or big rig is known as an underride crash — sometimes referred to as an undercarriage accident. The passenger vehicle is literally wedged “under the ride,” in this very dangerous wreck that can cause problematic injuries and many fatalities.
According to a 2011 study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “260 of the 2,241 passenger vehicle occupants killed in large truck crashes died when the fronts of their vehicles struck the rears of trucks.”1 The the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also estimated that more than 5,000 passengers in cars are injured each year through rear collisions with trucks and that about 423 people in passenger vehicles lose their lives in these wrecks.2
In the video from the IIHS, the perils of underride crashes are made quite clear.
What Are the Causes of An Underride Accident?
The main factor that contributes to an underride crash between a passenger car and an 18 wheeler truck is the difference in sizes of the vehicles. Most modern cars have fantastic upgrades in safety features, but should collide with the rear a large truck, specific measures must be in place to make sure your car does not slide under the rear of the tractor trailer.
Adding An Underride Guard To a Semi Truck Saves Lives
The number one deterrent in place for an underride accident is a well designed underride guard attached to the back of a big rig truck. The underride guard is solid structure of steel bars attached directly to the rear of the truck. With this in place, a car that crashes into the rear of a semi truck will be prevented from passing underneath it.
When this is not in place, is not installed correctly and breaks off, or does not meet modern safety standards, passenger vehicles stand little chance of escaping grave injuries when collisions occur.
Common Injuries In Truck Underride Accident Cases
Unfortunately, many underride carriage crashes result in a fatality. When this happens, we will investigate to determine how to pursue a wrongful death claim. When passengers survive, some are left to deal with traumatic injuries that may include:
- Spinal Injuries
- Amputation of Limbs
- Head Injuries including skull fractures
- Facial injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
A full list of the most common injuries underride victims face can be found by visiting our common injuries page.
An L.A. Truck Accident Lawyer & Underride Carriage Lawsuits
When you or your loved ones have been injured in an underride accident, David Azizi and the truck crash team get to work on your case immediately. In many cases we will:
- Send investigators to the crash scene to gather evidence
- Make contact with the truck driver or big trucking company
- File a legal complaint and lawsuit on your behalf
- Gather police reports, medical records and evaluate the common need for vehicle replacement
We will work to prove that the trucker should be held liable (responsible) for your injuries, and that the equipment used by the trucker may have been installed incorrectly, was missing completely, or did not go through proper maintenance. What we find most common in these big truck cases is that the truck and/or trucking company committed an act of negligence. With this in mind, we make a demand for them to “right the wrong,” by paying money damages to the injured party.
Justice With A Proven Los Angeles Truck Crash Law Firm
Underride carriage accidents are subject to the same legal reporting deadlines as other cases, and in most circumstances, the statute of limitations for truck accident injuries is between 6 months (when a government entity is involved) and two years. We urge all injured victims to contact a California lawyer before the clock expires for their case.
The Law Offices of David Azizi works on a contingency fee basis. Simply put, we will front the costs of your case and believe in our 98 percent success rate so much that if we do not win your case, then we do not collect payment for ourselves and you owe us nothing. Our goal is to get you the justice and financial compensation you deserve in the quickest time possible.
The next important step involves hearing the details of your unique case. David and team will listen, ask questions, and build a strategy to make you whole again in the eyes of the law. We are compassionate with each client, while simultaneously not letting big trucking companies push our clients around or short-change them will unreasonable settlement offers.
Call our offices 24/7 at at 800-991-5292 and let’s begin your case and the road to recovery for you and your loved ones.