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Underride Accidents

Chicago Underride Accident Attorneys

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Don’t let an insurance company push you around after being in an underride accident with a commercial truck. Come to Call Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. and tell our Chicago underride accident lawyers what happened. When we assist with your case, you will be ready for whatever challenges the trucking company and its insurers throw at you. While we progress your case and negotiate for the best possible settlement amount, you can focus on other parts of your life, like your health, family, and career.

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What is an Underride Accident?

An underride accident is a truck accident that involves a smaller vehicle going underneath the trailer of a big rig or 18-wheeler. Underride accidents are among the most dangerous types of truck accidents because it can be nearly impossible for a smaller passenger vehicle to safely escape once stuck under a truck’s trailer. As the truck continues to drive, it will drag the smaller vehicle with it and possibly run it completely over, causing catastrophic damage and severe injuries.

What Causes an Underride Accident?

Trucking companies like to argue that underride accidents “must be” caused by the drivers of smaller passenger vehicles who tailgate larger trucks. Of course, this is not true. There are many incidents in which a truck driver’s negligence can be the direct and only cause of an underride accident.

A few factors that can increase the risk of an underride accident include:

  • Truck has defective taillights, making it difficult to notice when it is backing up
  • Truck has no underride guards installed
  • Truck driver causes a hard-braking event without due cause
  • Truck driver turns widely into an adjacent lane without warning

Missing underride guards are among the most common causes of underride accidents. After being in an underride accident, you should always photograph the trailer to document whether the trailer has missing or damaged underride guards. Your photographs could be the best pieces of evidence for our attorneys to use in your claim later.

Override vs Underride Accidents

Overrides occur when a truck runs over a passenger vehicle. Underrides occur when a smaller vehicle slides underneath a truck. Both are made possible by the large height difference between the top of a car and the bottom of a tractor trailer. Both underride and override often result in serious or fatal injuries for the occupants of smaller vehicles.

Injuries Suffered in Underride Accidents

As mentioned, underride accidents are extremely dangerous and often result in catastrophic injuries. A crushed vehicle can do little to protect its occupants from harm.

Life-changing injuries suffered by underride accident survivors include:

As your chosen legal representatives, it will be part of our role to work with your medical providers to get a full understanding of your injuries and their permanence. In doing so, we can carefully calculate the damages you should be paid, factoring in the medical treatments you have already received and those that you will need many months or years from now. We do not want to conclude your case until we know with certainty that you have been fairly compensated for your injuries and hardships.

There is No Substitute for Great Results

At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., our Chicago underride accident attorneys are proud of our long history of impressive case results, including multiple verdicts and settlements for millions of dollars. Each victory we have achieved for our clients has been the outcome of hard work, dedication, knowledge, and tenacity. We invite you to see what a law firm of our caliber can do for your claim, too. Please contact us at any time to speak with a member of our firm.

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    Our team of more than 45 legal and medical professionals are dedicated to providing our clients with access to medical experts, treatment, and financial assistance.

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