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An underride accident involves the back end of a trailer usually attached to an 18 wheeler truck. Due to the relative height of a trailer, and the low front end of the average coupe or sedan, there is high potential for what is called an underride accident. This occurs when a small vehicle rear-ends an 18 wheeler with a trailer on the back, the small vehicle will crash and slide underneath the trailer because of its height. The height of the back end of a trailer is usually just high enough so that it will scrape the hood of a sedan or coupe, and take off the base of the windshield and anything above, generally all the way back past the driver and front passenger's seats.
Modern safety standards demand that there be a safety mechanism on the back end of all trailers to prevent underride accidents. The mechanism is essentially a large reinforced steel bar that will prevent a rear end accident from going any further than 3 or 4 feet under the trailer. Unfortunately some of these safety bars, even though they meet lawful United States safety standards, are not strong enough to prevent an underride accident, depending on the velocity of both vehicles involved.
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Over 350 people are killed every year due to an underride accident, this statistic does not include the number of injuries, however it does include trailers whose safety guard meets U.S. safety standards. If you or a loved one have been involved in an underride accident, you may be entitled to compensation. If you have been injured in an underride accident, or you know of someone who has been injured or killed, it is indispensable that you contact a San Diego truck accident lawyer immediately. Most trucking companies know the financial liability that comes with
wrongful death or serious injury caused by their negligence. Because of this they will do everything in their power to reduce the damages to their company to a minimum, their methods employed could be hiring private inspectors to gather evidence, and employing experienced defense attorneys to handle their case and reduce the consequences to their company to minimal damages.
If you or a loved one will be seeking to claim financial damages for any injuries or death that have occurred due to the negligence of a truck driver, a trucking company or illegal acts on one or both of their parts, you will need a highly experienced and skilled personal injury attorney on your side, handling your case. The Zalkin Law Firm P.C. has only the best lawyers on their legal team; they are experienced in handling many different kinds of truck accident cases. They can provide you with a comprehensive study of your case, and vigorous representation as well.
Contact a San Diego truck accident attorney at The Zalkin Law Firm to discuss your case today.