Because commercial trucks are so much bigger than most of the other vehicles on the road, they can cause a significant amount of damage. Large commercial trucks are generally built to the same specifications, which means there are several common types of accidents that are caused by commercial trucks.
Two of the most common and dangerous types of truck accidents are underride accidents and override accidents.
How Underride Accidents Occur & The Dangers of Such a Crash
An underride accident occurs when a smaller passenger vehicle drives underneath a commercial truck. This can happen by switching lanes while driving alongside a commercial truck, or while driving behind a truck, when the truck comes to a sudden or unexpected stop. These types of accidents cause substantial damage to the passenger vehicle because, often, the top of the vehicle can come off altogether, exposing the passengers to a myriad of dangers.
How Override Accidents Occur
An override accident is very similar to an underride accident, except that this occurs when a large commercial truck drives over a smaller vehicle, motorcycle, or pedestrian. The results of an override accident are very similar to those of an underride accident.
If you have been injured in a truck accident because of an underride or override accident, you may be eligible for compensation for:
- your medical expenses;
- any physical pain that you have experienced, as well as any emotional suffering;
- any wages that you have lost because of the inability to return to work; and
- any wages that you may lose in the future, because of the inability to return to gainful employment.
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