No one gets on the road expecting to hit another vehicle, but it happens thousands of times every day across the United States. In North Carolina, the transportation hub of the eastern half of the country with many interstates and other highways, one of the scariest possibilities is a car striking a tractor-trailer or the other way around.
What are the most dangerous types of tractor-trailer accidents?
An auto safety consortium studied different types of collisions involving passenger cars and semitrucks. They determined the most serious type of crash is a car striking the side of a heavy trailer, often involving part of the car getting lodged beneath the chassis. These are referred to as "under-ride" accidents.
What is the danger involved with under-ride collisions?
The bottoms of trailer bodies are often around the same level as the head and upper torso of a person in a passenger car. This can create trauma that is impossible to recover from. The consortium estimates around half of fatal car-on-truck accidents are under-ride collisions, costing an estimated 750 lives annually.
What can be done to prevent under-ride collisions?
Truckers can insist on side and rear guards to prevent these types of accidents. Drivers of nearby cars can keep a wide berth and spend as little time as possible passing or driving next to tractor trailers.
What do I do after a collision with a truck?
Secure emergency help, document the scene and consider contacting an attorney. Legal representation may be invaluable if the victim of a truck crash or the survivors of a person killed in one feels the need to sue for financial damages.