The height difference between the bottom of a semi-truck and the front bumper of the average passenger vehicle can prove dangerously significant. If a smaller car strikes an 18-wheeler, the resulting collision can prove catastrophic for the car driver. Generally, the driver’s head or neck lines up with the bottom of the truck, meaning that even low-speed under-ride accidents can be extremely dangerous.
If you have been injured in a collision with a large truck or 18-wheeler, contact the Waukesha truck accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874.
Avoiding Under-ride Accidents
As under-ride accidents cause smaller vehicles to actually go under the side or rear of a large truck, it is important to do everything possible to avoid these accidents. Many safety systems are put in place for the rear and the front of large trucks to prevent these types of accidents. To avoid under-ride accidents, drivers must heed the following warnings:
- Always check for reflective tape on a vehicle, which might indicate a full trailer
- Be extra cautious around truck stops at night
- Be attentive for any lights or indicators of a braking truck
- Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and 18-wheelers at all times
The current standard for truck drivers is to use reflective tape on the sides of their vehicles and a special under-ride guard for the rear of the truck. However, under-ride accidents do still occur and can cause severe injuries to those involved.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be able to secure compensation for your losses. For a free consultation regarding your legal rights and options following an accident with an 18-wheeler, contact the Waukesha truck accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874 today.