Underride and Override Accidents
Commercial truck accidents are dangerous and can cause serious injuries to victims. Significant damage can be caused to impacted vehicles — and even nearby pedestrians and buildings due to the massive size and scope of big-rig trucks. Injuries involving these trucks often result in damages requiring help from a qualified Houston truck accident lawyer to ensure victims and their families are compensated.
Commercial trucks are larger and higher off the ground than standard-sized automobiles. Commercial trucks are often involved in two specialized types of collisions, known as “underride accidents,” and “override accidents.”
Unfortunately, standard passenger vehicles simply cannot compete in terms of sheer size and scale when a commercial truck collides with a passenger vehicle. The occupants involved in an override or underride collision wind up severely injured as a rule and oftentimes injuries can be fatal.
Defining Different Types of Texas Truck Collisions
In their simplest definitions, underride and override collisions can be described as follows:
- Underride Truck Accident – This happens when a vehicle rear-ends an 18-wheeler and is pinned underneath the back end of the commercial truck.
- Override Truck Accident – This happens when a smaller vehicle is run over by a commercial truck.
Underride and override collisions with commercial trucks are almost always serious and often fatal, which can trigger a wrongful death lawsuit on the part of the victim’s families. Even if victims survive an override or underride truck accident, they will more than likely be left with permanent, painful and life-changing injuries and disabilities.
When Underride Truck Accidents Are Fatal
Underride truck accidents can easily shear off the top of a passenger vehicle entirely. This example is not uncommon. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that about half of all fatal car-versus-truck accidents are deadly underride truck accidents, and each year tractor-trailers are associated with the most fatal underride truck accidents on U.S. roads.
In fact, underride truck accidents are typically deadly for those in passenger vehicles because, when an underride truck accident takes place, the point of impact for those in passenger vehicles will typically be at the head level. This increases the risk that people in passenger vehicles will suffer severe, if not fatal, head or brain injuries upon impact, even if airbags deploy.
Deadly Override Truck Accidents
An override crash can be equally deadly. An override crash refers to a collision during which an 18-wheeler or other big-rig runs over anything in its path, including other vehicles. Injuries, trauma, and property damage are compounded by the fact that smaller vehicles often become stuck underneath the much larger truck and, in some cases, the vehicles and their driver/passengers are dragged for a substantial distance.
This may expose them to further injury, as well as exposure to fumes or fire. In addition, it may be much more difficult for first responders to extricate victims from an override collision with an 18-wheeler due to the size of the commercial truck and the physical position of the smaller vehicle.
Common Causes of Override & Underride Truck Crashes
An override or underride crash commonly occurs because a driver is unable to slow down or stop their commercial truck in time to avoid a collision. A variety of negligent behaviors can cause a driver to lose control and cause an override or underride accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued drivers and violations of hours of service regulations
- Impaired driving due to drugs, alcohol, or other controlled substances
- Defective or poorly maintained brakes or tires
- Adverse road or weather conditions
- Overloaded cargo
How Our Skilled Lawyers Can Help You
The Houston personal injury attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have represented numerous people who suffered serious injuries in collisions with commercial trucks. We understand how devastating an underride or override crash can be for you and your family, and how a catastrophic accident can take a toll on your physical and mental health as well as your finances.
When we represent you, we will fight to obtain the maximum available compensation for your injuries and other losses. You may be able to receive compensation for past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Physical limitations
- Mental anguish
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our skilled Houston truck accident lawyers will perform a detailed investigation into all factors that may have caused your accident and will fight to hold the negligent parties accountable for causing your injuries.
A Houston truck accident lawyer from The Krist Law Firm, P.C. has extensive experience with Texas truck accidents and helping injured people to obtain the compensation they deserve. Call us today at 281-283-8500 or contact us using the form below. When you call our Houston personal injury lawyers today, we will provide a free consultation regarding your case. We charge no fees unless we recover compensation for your injuries.