Override and Underride Trucking Accidents

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An override accident occurs when a passenger vehicle is run over by a large commercial truck. Conversely, an underride crash happens when a smaller vehicle slides underneath a big rig.

Because of the overwhelming size and weight of tractor-trailers, many of these traffic collisions often result in catastrophic injury or even wrongful death to those involved. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash involving a big rig, schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced injury lawyers by calling (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400.

Most Common Reasons for Override Trucking Accidents

Some of the common reasons why passenger vehicles are involved in override accidents with commercial trucks include:

  • Truck tailgating
  • Brake failure
  • A Failure to yield
  • Defective tires
  • Improper lane change
  • Speeding
  • Foggy weather conditions
Leading Causes of Underride Truck Accidents

There are many reasons as to why a smaller car can go underneath the back frame of a tractor-trailer, including:

  • Car tailgating the truck.
  • A motorist failing to notice the trailer in foggy and rainy conditions.
  • A negligent act of the truck driver, such as a sudden stop.
Examples of Truck Driver Negligence

Some of the common forms of truck driver negligence include:

  • Failure to use proper lights or meet the standards for conspicuity when parked on the road.
  • Failure to use under-ride guards.
  • Failure to maintain the brakes, reflective tape, or tail lights.

Since 1993, trailers are mandated to be fitted with reflective tapes along the sides and rear. However, many older trucks have not been retrofitted.

This video shows how crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) help determine that strong underride guards on tractor-trailers can help prevent underride crashes.

Call a Sacramento Trucking Accident Attorney Today

If you have been seriously hurt in an override or underride trucking crash in Sacramento, contact our truck accident lawyers today for free, friendly advice regarding your potential case at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. Our injury attorneys are also available online through our contact form.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 5.5.21]

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