Underride/Override Accidents

Some of the most dangerous and devastating truck accidents involve override and underride accidents. In fact, studies have shown that approximately half of all truck accident fatalities occur in override or underride accidents. There is a 15 inch height difference between the front end of a car and the undercarriage of a large truck, making it possible for a car to pass underneath a truck during an accident. Due to the significant disparity in the height and weight of cars and trucks, the passengers of the car usually experience catastrophic, life-altering injuries during these accidents.

An override accident occurs when the front end of a large truck runs over a car or motorcycle. Common causes of these truck accidents include:

  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Trucker tailgating
  • Brake failure
  • Tire blowout
  • Reckless driving
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Adverse weather conditions

Underride accidents occur when a car or motorcycle collides with a truck and the slides beneath the truck’s undercarriage. Generally, the car’s roof is either crushed or ripped off entirely during an underride accident.

There are two different types of underride accidents. Rear-end collision underride accidents generally occur when a truck stops short and a car or motorcycle is following too closely behind to stop in time. Side collision underride accidents occur when a truck is backing out of a driveway and a car traveling on the road does not see the truck backing out in time to stop safely.

Override and underride accidents often result in catastrophic, life-altering injuries such as:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Decapitation
  • Death

If you or a loved one has been injured in an override or underride accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. The experienced truck accident lawyers at Van Dorn & Curtiss will fight aggressively to hold the negligent party accountable so that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Please contact Van Dorn & Curtiss today to schedule your free truck accident consultation. We serve clients in New Hampshire and Vermont, including Manchester, Concord, and Nashua.


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