Under Ride Accident Lawsuits

Missouri Truck Accident Attorney

Traffic collisions involving semi-trucks can be terrifying and will often end in tragedy for the accident victims. Any type of truck accident can be a fearsome experience, whether it be a head-on collision, a jackknife accident, or a truck rollover, but perhaps the most horrific type is the underride accident. The mechanism of an underride accident is simple to understand. Semi-truck trailers generally sit about four feet above the ground, nearly as tall or even taller than the height of most passenger vehicles. When the truck brakes suddenly, a following vehicle is prone to slide underneath the back of the trailer. The engine compartment and forward passenger area of the smaller vehicle may be crushed, potentially causing severe injury or death to the driver and passenger. This type of accident can occur even at relatively low speeds on city streets.

Can underride accidents be prevented?

One solution that has been discovered for the prevention of this devastating type of accident is to install an underride guard, also referred to as a rear-impact guard, on the truck. This is a metal structure that hangs down below the back of the truck, and it is intended to present a barrier in the event of a rear-end collision. The Effectiveness of Underride Guards for Heavy Trailers, a 2010 study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, found that installing underride guards can reduce the incidence of fatal truck accidents by as much as 27%. Unfortunately, some underride guards are made of weak metals or are improperly installed, resulting in the device's failure to withstand the force of an impact and give way in a collision.

Whether your case involves a truck without an underride guard or the guard gave way in the accident, a Missouri truck accident attorney from Meyerkord & Meyerkord may be able to help you recover full compensation for your losses. We take pride in fighting for accident victims and their families and are ready to take immediate action on your claim for damages. Call or visit our office now for a free consultation and to get started on your case