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Common Injuries in Override and Underride Truck Accidents

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury, Truck Accidents

Override and underride truck accidents are two of the most serious types of crashes that can occur. An override accident involves the front of a truck running over a vehicle while an underride accident is when a vehicle slides under a trailer that is being towed by a semi-truck. Both override and underride truck accidents almost always lead to life-threatening injuries and fatalities. Below, we discuss common injuries in override and underride truck accidents.

If you have been injured or lost someone you love in an override or underride truck accident, it is in your best interest to reach out to our highly skilled truck accident lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We can investigate your case and help you secure the compensation you may be entitled to. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 or use our online contact form to reach out.

What Types of Injuries Do Override and Underride Truck Accidents Cause?

Most of the injuries caused by override and underride truck accidents are severe in nature and lead to hefty medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Here’s an overview of some of the most common types of injuries that result from these types of accidents.

Whiplash

Whiplash is the result of soft tissue strain within the neck. It occurs when the tissue of the joints, ligaments, and muscles experiences sudden stretching. While neck and shoulder pain are the most common symptoms of whiplash, whiplash may also cause dizziness, headaches, and a hot prickling sensation. If you face whiplash after an override or underride accident, you may need to wear a cervical collar to support your neck as your soft tissue heals.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries from override and underride truck accidents are usually severe. They often lead to serious symptoms such as confusion, blurry vision, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and emotional disruptions. Many traumatic brain injuries lead to years of rehabilitation and make it difficult for a victim to live a high quality of life.

Back Injuries

Lower back injuries are common after override and underride truck accidents. Since the lower back helps us move, any injuries related to it often take months and sometimes years of physical therapy and other treatments to heal. Herniated discs and fractured vertebrae are two examples of lower back injuries that may arise following override and underride truck accidents.

ACL or MCL Tears

ACL or MCL tears are two types of knee injuries that may occur after an override or underride truck accident. MCL injuries involve a sprain or tear that is typically the result of a direct blow to the outside of the knee. ACL injuries, on the other hand, tear the anterior cruciate ligament, which helps stabilize the knee and allows the shin bone to move normally. Both of these injuries take a great deal of time to treat.

Common Causes of Override and Underride Truck Accidents

Override and underride truck accidents usually arise when a truck driver is unable to slow down or stop their truck in time to avoid a crash. There are a number of negligent behaviors that can cause a driver to lose control and cause and override or underride accident.

Some of these behaviors include distracted driving, fatigued driving and violations of hours of service regulations, intoxicated driving, speeding, and tailgating. Poorly maintained trucks or brakes, overloaded cargo, and inclement weather conditions can also play a role in override and underride truck accidents.

Injured in a Truck Accident? Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If you’ve sustained an injury or lost a loved one in an override or underride accident, our firm is an invaluable resource. We understand just how serious these types of crashes can be and are dedicated to protecting your rights. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today to learn about your legal options.