One of the most fatal types of truck accidents to be involved in is an underride. This occurs when a passenger vehicle collides with a truck and then slides underneath it. This type of South Carolina truck crash can happen when a vehicle hits the side or rear of a truck.
Whatever side the impact occurs on, the trailer will either crush or rip off the top of the vehicle. This, understandably, can lead to severe or likely fatal accident injuries. Most of these types of fatal truck accidents occur when a vehicle goes underneath the rear corner of a truck.
Safety Requirements to Prevent an Underride Truck Accident
All new tractor trailers are required to have some type of guard that prevents underride accidents from occurring. In addition, new tractor trailers must also have reflective tape along the rear and side of the trailer. This makes the truck more visible to other drivers.
If a truck driver or trucking company fails to meet these safety requirements, they may be held liable for negligence in a fatal South Carolina truck crash.
Underrides are just one type of fatal truck accident that can occur in South Carolina. If you or a loved one were seriously injured or if you lost a family member in a truck underride accident with a vehicle that failed to adhere to proper safety protocol, an attorney may be able to help you prove negligence on behalf of the trucking company.
Seeking The Help of a South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney
South Carolina residents can take comfort knowing that the attorneys at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm are there to help them settle their personal injury claims. Our firm’s focus on personal injury cases includes injury from auto accidents including pedestrian and bicycle injuries, work-related injuries and worker’s compensation claims, and injuries resulting from dangerous prescription drugs.
Before you file a South Carolina personal injury claim, request a copy of our free consumer guide, The South Carolina Accident Book for Personal Injury Victims. When you’re ready to get started on settling your accident claim, contact a Charleston personal injury attorney for a free information packet and consultation, 1-888-690-0211.