California Carriage Underride Lawyers

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Carriage Underride accident attorneys in California

In September 2018, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that the eight largest North American manufacturers of semi trailers had earned the IIHS TOUGHGUARD award after making rear guards capable of preventing deadly underride seven years after the IIHS had found serious shortcomings in the rear underride guards of most semi trailers. The Stop Underrides Act of 2017 was introduced in the United States Senate and would amend federal transportation law to require the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a final rule requiring the installation of rear underride guards meeting a specified performance standard on all trailers, semi-trailers, and single unit trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds.

As it currently stands in California, most trailers are at a considerably higher height than passenger vehicles. Without proper underride protection, another vehicle may slide under a trailer and the occupants of the vehicle can sustain severe or even fatal injuries.

California Carriage Underride Accident Attorney

Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a carriage underride accident in California? You should know that you may be entitled to compensation for all of your lost wages, medical bills, and other damages.

You should also know that you will not have to pay anything to have the May Firm represent you in court, as we provide legal representation on a contingency fee basis and legal fees are collected only after you obtain a financial award. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Causes of Carriage Underride Accidents

The IIHS reported in 2013 that engineers put trailers from the eight largest manufacturers through a series of progressively tougher crash tests. All of the trailers had underride guards that satisfying both United States and Canadian standards requiring guards to withstand a certain amount of force at various points.

A 2010 Chevrolet Malibu was used to strike a parked truck at 35 mph in each test. While all eight guards successfully prevented underride in full-width tests, every trailer except one from the Canadian manufacturer Manac failed when the overlap was reduced to 30 percent.

In other words, many underride accidents involve a trucking company’s failure to adequately install functioning underride guards. Multiple parties could be liable for this kind of negligence, so you will want to be sure that you are working with an experienced attorney.

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Types of Carriage Underride Accident Injuries

The unfortunate truth about many carriage underride crashes is that the people inside motor vehicles do not survive the injuries they sustain. Some people can even be decapitated in these types of accidents.

If a person is killed in a carriage underride crash, their family can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Family members may be able to obtain damages for lost income, funeral expenses, and the value of household services lost.

Nonfatal injuries people suffer in carriage underride accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Neck injuries
  • Fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Sprains

Insurance companies are rarely willing to offer victims the kinds of settlements they need to cover all of the expenses they have incurred and will continue to incur. For this reason, you should always refuse any lump sum settlement offer and instead let the May Firm negotiate for one that truly covers all of your needs.

Contact a Carriage Underride Accident Lawyer in California

If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a carriage underride accident in California, take action quickly to retain legal counsel. The May Firm is ready and willing to help you get justice.

Our firm will negotiate a just settlement to your case or file a lawsuit to take the case to trial. We can examine your case when you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

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