When a vehicle smashes into the undercarriage of a semi-truck, it can be one of the worst accidents that ever happens on the road. A smaller vehicle is simply no match for a big rig.

These accidents often involve powerful impacts, crash-related fires, and extreme damage to the smaller vehicle, including having its roof completely sheared off. The occupants inside will be lucky to live through the crash.

With so many semis on the road, it seems like there should be a way to prevent horrific semi-truck underride accidents. So let’s look at why they happen, what could be done to prevent them, and what to do if you ever find yourself in one.

These Catastrophic Accidents Have Many Factors

Safety experts pay close attention to semi-trucks and their accidents on our nation’s roadways. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that although big rigs are only 4% of vehicles on U.S. roads, they account for 10% of highway deaths.

Severe truck accidents had been declining during the years leading up to 2009, but they’re on the rise ever since. Experts attribute this to many factors, including increased nationwide reliance on truckers for online deliveries, higher expectations for fast delivery, and driver distractions like cell phones.

Underride accidents represent only a fraction of semi-truck accidents, but they’re among the most severe. Here are some of the reasons why.

Is There Any Way to Prevent These Accidents?

Most large semi-trucks that travel highways and interstates already have protective side-bars, rear-guards, and front metal grates. It’s just good sense for trucking companies to have these safety features to minimize damage and prevent insurance claims.

Some safety experts are also calling for required rear underride guards, which prevent other vehicles from sliding under big rigs. Safety tests by the IIHS have shown that although these long, metal guards sometimes bend during powerful impacts, they significantly limit slide-unders and reduce the incidence of death due to underride crashes.

However, so far there have been no widespread mandates for the use of underride guards. And even if there were, some truckers and trucking companies would skirt the rules about installing them.

What to Do if You’re in a Semi-Truck Underride Crash

After an accident that involves a semi-truck, you can take action against the trucker, trucking company, or insurance company. Don’t settle for a lowball offer because an underride accident is likely to leave you with severe bodily injury and huge medical bills, not to mention a crushed car.

A talented truck accident lawyer can be a huge help during this difficult time. At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we will take your concerns seriously and get you on the road to a valuable settlement that allows you to rest and recover from the trauma of a crash.

“Sally did an amazing job settling my personal injury automobile accident case. I was stopped on the freeway and rear-ended by a texting man in a big truck (don’t text and drive). Aside from the wonderful and unexpected settlement, the best part was that instead of dealing with the slimy insurance settlement case worker (who wanted to show up at my work to verify my injury), I dealt with Sally and her knowledgeable and kind staff. It gave me peace of mind to be able to deal with someone with so much integrity who had my interests in mind.” – Lyssa G.

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