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Dangerous and Deadly Underride Accidents: Compensation

Of all trucking accidents the underride accident has the greatest incidence of fatal and catastrophic injuries even at slower speeds. An underride occurs when the front of a motor vehicle slides under the truck. Because of the difference in the height of the front of the average passenger vehicle and the height of the truck body and bumper the velocity of the car is not slowed until almost the entire front of the vehicle has passed under the truck. This type of collision can result in the windshield and roof of the car shearing off. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an underride accident, you need to consult a San Francisco truck accident lawyer who can determine if negligence was involved.

Injury Attorney for Underride Accidents in California

Truck manufacturers began developing rear underride guards along with using reflectors and reflective tape, known as conspicuity tape, on new trucks in hopes of reducing the number of underride accidents and have met with some success. Trucking companies and owner-operators should apply conspicuity tape and reflectors to older trucks and repair broken or dim taillights to help motorists see the danger in time. Trucks which have broken down or are parked on a shoulder should set out reflective markers in addition hazard lights to warn motorists. Time of poor visibility due to inclement weather or lack of light is the most dangerous. A skilled truck accident attorney will look for negligence in ensuring the truck was made as visible as possible during a truck accident investigation.

If you were injured through the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company you may file a claim for compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and other related losses. If you lost a loved one through negligence you may file a wrongful death claim. The Matiasic Firm has been assisting victims of these needless accidents to recover damages for twenty-five years. Talk to a skilled personal injury lawyer who can explain your options.

Contact a San Francisco injury attorney at our firm if you have been injured or lost a loved one in an underride accident.

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