Sandusky Underride Accident Attorneys
Legal Support After Violent Truck Crashes
If you or a loved one were seriously injured during an underride accident with a commercial truck, then Murray & Murray in Sandusky can help you pursue justice and compensation through a personal injury claim. Our law firm has been open since 1931, and we have been continually refining our impressive legal abilities ever since. With a focus on catastrophic injury claims, like the type that often follows an underride accident, we have been able to secure millions of dollars for our clients through both settlements and intense litigation.
What Causes an Underride Accident?
When a smaller vehicle crashes into a commercial truck and ends up under the trailer, it is called an underride accident. Since the majority of passenger vehicles are not short or small enough to fit under a trailer, underride accidents usually cause the top of the smaller vehicle to be sheered off. Catastrophic injuries or death are practically guaranteed in such a violent accident.
In many cases, underride accidents are caused by negligence on part of the truck driver and the parent trucking company. Big rigs have far more and far larger blind spots than smaller vehicles, who should do their best to stay out of these blind spots. An underride accident can occur when a truck driver fails to do due diligence in ensuring no smaller vehicles are in a blind spot before merging, changing lanes, or backing up.
Guardrails can be installed on trailers to stop underride accidents by effectively walling off the area underneath the trailer. Not all commercial trucks have guardrails installed, though, which is an inexcusable oversight by the trucking company that owns and maintains the tractor-trailer. Underride accidents have been a serious problem for decades, so all trucking companies should make a reasonable effort to install and maintain guardrails on their vehicles.
Injuries & Damages Suffered in an Underride Accident
As mentioned, underride accidents often result in catastrophic injuries. Smaller vehicles are not designed with many safety features that mitigate the damage and harm caused by the sheering effect of an underride accident.
Underride accident claims often seek damages for:
- Emergency medical bills
- Surgeries and extended hospitalization
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Lost wages
- Emotional trauma
- Vehicle repairs
If a loved one has lost their life in an underride accident, then additional and different damages will apply to your claim. For example, depending on the details of your case and the relationship you shared with the deceased, you could also receive noneconomic damages for your own loss of support and companionship.
A Murray Will Answer Your Call
An integral part of the Murray & Murray client service you can expect when we handle your underride accident claim is right in the name: Murray. When you come to our law firm for help, you will be connected with one of our lead attorneys from the Murray family, who will either work on the claim personally or provide constant supervision as your case develops. It is all part of how we take your claim to heart and represent you as if you were part of the family, too.