Large trucks, like 18-wheelers, are clearly necessary for transporting goods and materials in the United States, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe. You face a lot of risks when you have to drive near these massive vehicles. If one of them hits your car, the size difference means you could be catastrophically injured.
While these accidents take many shapes and forms, let’s consider one of the most dangerous: The underride accident.
A matter of height
An underride accident, quite simply, is when a car hits a semi in such a way that it becomes wedged or pinned under the truck. It’s all an issue with height. Because the truck sits so high off of the ground, the front hood of a car may fit below it, meaning that the passenger compartment is actually what takes most of the impact. This can be devastating to those inside the passenger vehicle, as they lose most of the protection offered by their vehicle.
These accidents can happen when a semi pulls out in front of a car. Say you’re driving straight down the highway and a semi is waiting to turn left out of a parking lot. The driver thinks they have enough space and pulls out in front of you. You do all you can to avoid the crash, but there’s just not time, and you hit the truck between its front and back sets of wheels.
When accidents happen
Many trucks now have underride guards to prevent this, but these accidents continue to happen. If you have lost a loved one or suffered major injuries yourself, it’s crucial that you know how to seek out financial compensation.