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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), up to half of truck-passenger car accidents reported are either an underride or an override truck accident. Underride and override accidents involving semis and tractor-trailers can lead to serious injuries and road deaths for drivers and other occupants of passenger cars.
To help regulate dangerous trucking scenarios on Ohio’s roads, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have implemented traffic laws to assist in eliminating override and underride accidents. For example, for trucks a certain size and weight, they are required to have reflective tape or reflector strips on the back of the truck, and along both sides. In the stated requirements, the FMCSA provides proper layouts for how the reflectors are arranged on Ohio trucks.
The FMCSA also requires certain tractor-trailers weighing at least 10,000 pounds to have underride guards installed. These are protective steel bars on the bottom of a truck that prevents a passenger vehicle from sliding underneath a truck. These safety guards have the potential to reduce underride accidents. Attorneys and experts believe, however, that underride guards need to be stronger than the ones meeting current standards.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio personal injury attorney, experienced in investigating and settling Ohio truck accident claims.
The Difference between Override and Underride Accidents
During an override truck accident, a semi drives over a motorcycle or car in front of it. When this happens, the roof of the passenger is often ripped off as the truck comes to a stop on top of the car, resulting in roof crush and crush injuries, severely injuring or even killing car occupants. Truck malfunctions, overloading, tire blowouts, poor truck maintenance, or truck driver negligence may be factors in commercial truck overrides.
An underride accident occurs when a passenger car drives underneath a commercial-sized truck. Trucks are not high enough for a passenger vehicle to fit under, so in many cases a car can be stuck in the truck’s undercarriage and leads to roof crush injuries. Any driver or passenger in the vehicle may suffer from severe head and neck injuries. Truck underride accidents occur frequently at night when visibility is more difficult and drivers may be fatigued. Vehicle collisions involving the sides of trucks are more common, though rear underride crashes also occur.
The Common Causes of an Ohio Truck Accident
Trucks don’t always meet Ohio state and federal standards. Accidents may occur if:
- A truck is missing required underride guardrails
- Trucks are missing reflective markings or reflector tape
- A truck driver fails to signal
- A driver fails to check blind spots when switching lanes
- A has broken brake lights
- A driver is speeding
- Distracted or fatigued drivers operating trucks
- Drugs or alcohol abuse
- Failing to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles
- Faulty brakes
- Overloaded cargo
- Defective tires on truck—tire blowout
- Low visibility from rain, fog, or snow
- A truck is parked on the shoulder without proper lights
Compensation Following an Ohio Truck Accident
If you have been involved in an override or underride truck accident and seriously injured, you may be entitled to receive compensation and recover medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. A truck may be liable for your injury if they did not follow traffic laws, governmental regulations, had an overloaded truck, drove recklessly, or failed to properly maintain their vehicle.
Trucking companies may also be responsible for the actions of the trucker that caused an accident. If a trucking company failed to have reflective strips or underride guards installed on their commercial trucks, they could be held liable.
Truck manufacturers may also be at partial fault in a claim. If a truck component is defective or installed incorrectly and fails, it may cause damage and injuries. Underride and override accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries to drivers and passengers, and should be preventable.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to an Ohio truck accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.