Defining Underride Trucking Crashes and Knowing When its the Truck Driver’s Fault


August 31, 2017

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

New Mexico Underride Trucking Crashes are Typically Fatal: Know When the Trucking Company is At Fault

Underride trucking crashes are horrific types of large commercial trucking crashes which are often fatal.  This is when a standard-sized vehicle strikes a large commercial vehicle and slides underneath the truck.  These are typically fatal because the bottom of the truck is at head and top-of-chest level which result in mortal injuries.  Airbags, safety curtains, and seatbelts do not help safe victims of true underside crashes.

Here at the Mark Caruso, we have handled many deadly underride trucking crashes in New Mexico.  Our experienced trucking accident lawyers know that these accidents are devastating for a family and their loved ones.  Victims can be killed in an instance due to the negligence of a trucking company, truck driver, or a combination of both.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured or killed in an underride trucking crash, call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 308-1556 to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.

Causes of New Mexico Underride Trucking Crashes

Underride trucking crashes can be difficult cases for several reasons.  The most common reason is because the smaller vehicle crashing from the behind usually rear-ends the truck.  This means that the passenger driver could be liable for his or her accident.  But there are some common reasons that underside trucking crashes are fatal because of the truck driver’s negligence.

Some examples of underride trucking crashes caused by the trucking company or truck driver’s negligence include the following:

  • Slamming on the brakes at the last second;
  • Broken brake lights to warn drivers;
  • No rear lights on;
  • Reckless driving;
  • Driving while fatigued and falling asleep at the wheel;
  • Driving through a dust storm when he or she is supposed to stop;
  • Failing to use flashers when disabled;
  • Drunk driving or drugged driving;
  • Significant shift in cargo;
  • Tire blowouts;
  • Brake malfunction;
  • Distracted driving; and
  • Many other causes.

Common Injuries Caused by New Mexico Underride Trucking Crashes

Underride trucking crashes are some of the worst trucking crashes to witness or be involved in.  When another vehicle traveling at a high speed, especially on the interstates like I-40, I-25, or I-10, collides and slides under large commercial truck, the damage is devastating.  Roofs of cars can be completely sheered off.  Just imagine what damage can be done to a person.

Some common injuries caused by underride trucking crashes include the following:

  • Decapitation;
  • Broken bones;
  • Orbital blowout fractures;
  • Organ injuries;
  • Extreme lacerations or bruising;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Paralysis;
  • Crushing injuries;
  • Amputation of limbs;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Severe nerve damage;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

Call the Mark Caruso if You Have Been Injured in a New Mexico Underride Trucking Crash

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso today by dialing (505) 308-1556 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

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