A lawyer for victims of underride accidents
All truck accidents have the potential to be catastrophic, but those involving underride are even more devastating. If you were injured or lost a loved one in an underride accident, your life may be changed forever. And you have the right to fight to hold the trucking company responsible for the compensation you need.
Don’t try to go after the trucking company alone. Strike back with an experienced underride accident attorney at McNelis Law.
Understanding underride crashes
An underride collision happens when a smaller vehicle – such as a passenger car, pickup truck, van or motorcycle – slides underneath the rear or side of a tractor-trailer. In these crashes, it’s common for part of the trailer to actually enter the cab of the smaller vehicle. Underride accidents are often fatal truck accidents, and non-fatal injuries sustained in these crashes are usually devastating. We’ve worked with many people who sustained traumatic brain injuries or lost limbs in underride crashes.
The trucking industry is well aware of the dangers of underride, and you’ve probably seen underride guards on the back or, somewhat less commonly, the sides of tractor-trailers. As the name implies, an underride guard is designed to block vehicles from becoming trapped underneath the trailer. But these guards often fail, whether due to poor manufacturing or negligent maintenance. Depending on the circumstances, either the owner or the manufacturer of the trailer can be held responsible for the injuries sustained.
Underride accidents can also occur due to negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company. For example, underride crashes may happen when a truck is illegally parked or driving at a very slow speed due to engine trouble. If the truck’s lights, particularly brake lights, are not well maintained, a driver may not be able to see the trailer in low-light conditions such as darkness or fog, leading to an underride crash.
An attorney you can trust to help you strike back
Whether the responsible party in an underride accident is the truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer or some combination of the three, you have an uphill battle ahead of you for the compensation you need to rebuild your life. Trucking companies have extensive resources and well-paid attorneys on their side, especially when dealing with high-stakes cases such as underride accidents. You need your own experienced attorney to help you strike back.
Attorney Edward P. McNelis has the experience, resources and dedications to handle complex, difficult cases arising from serious truck accidents. Edward and his team will carefully investigate your crash to find out exactly what happened, and he’ll fight for you in negotiations and, if necessary, at trial.
After an underride accident, you are not alone. Put a proven fighter on your side. Contact us online or call 570-455-6335 for your free consultation.