The attorneys at Pajcic & Pajcic have decades of experience handling truck accidents, and we have the case results to prove it. In one underride case we received a $13 million verdict.
We will fight to the fullest extent of the law to seek justice after your underride accident. Contact us today, so we can discuss your options.
How underride accidents happen
Side underride accidents are common at night or during conditions of poor visibility. They happen when a large truck makes an unexpected turn or crosses an intersection with little regard for oncoming traffic. That’s why trucking companies are expected to equip trailers with reflective tape and other resources that make the truck more visible. A motorist who doesn’t see the truck turning or crossing an intersection can crash under the side of the trailer.
Rear-end underride accidents can happen when a truck suddenly slows down or stops. A passenger vehicle can easily get wedged beneath the rear-end of the trailer. Slippery road conditions and poor visibility can play a significant role in these types of crashes.
Sometimes, underride accidents can be caused by weather conditions. Slick roads caused by rain, freezing rain or ice may cause a passenger vehicle to slide under a large trailer, especially when traveling down a hill. Additionally, poor visibility caused by fog or hydroplaning caused by heavy rain can result in an underride accident.
Never handle your claim alone
Trucking companies that fail to properly equip their large commercial vehicles with reflective tape or maintain proper lighting can be held accountable after an underride accident. Underride guards should always be installed on all large trucks, but unfortunately, far too many truck manufacturers fail to do this.
If a negligent trucking company or manufacturer caused your injuries, you need the legal help of an experienced truck accident attorney. Never try to handle an accident involving a large truck alone. Trucking companies usually have a savvy team of attorneys and investigators who may try to downplay any wrongdoing on their part. The insurance companies often take advantage of accident victims who don’t know their rights. They may offer you a quick settlement that rarely covers the full cost of your medical bills, loss of wages and suffering.
If a loved one was fatally injured in an underride accident, then you may be eligible for a wrongful death claim. This means that the closest surviving relative, or the estate, can sue on behalf of the deceased person. In Florida, the statute of limitations on wrongful death claims is two years.
Let the experienced attorneys at Pajcic & Pajcic handle your underride accident claim. We’ll launch a thorough investigation and fight to hold the trucking company accountable for your losses.
Contact our law office for a free consultation, or call 904-358-8881 today.