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How to Prevent Dallas Underride and Override Accidents

How to Prevent Dallas Underride and Override Accidents Being involved in a Dallas car accident with an 18-wheeler can be a devastating and dangerous event for a passenger vehicle. When an 18-wheeler collides with a passenger vehicle, the majority of the damage sustained is to the passenger vehicle, not the 18-wheeler. In fact, 97 percent of fatalities caused by this kind of accident are occupants of the passenger vehicle.

Two of the most dangerous and common types of accidents involving passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers are known as override and underride accidents. An override accident is when a vehicle is run over by an 18-wheeler. An underride accident is when a vehicle collides with an 18-wheeler from behind, causing the vehicle to slide underneath the truck.

These accidents often result in serious injury, and even death. To prevent override and underride accidents, a tractor trailer driver should:

  • Use warning signs. When a truck is broken down, it is important that the driver uses the correct warning signs to warn other drivers, including flashing lights, reflective triangles, and cones.
  • Use reflective tape. An 18-wheeler should use reflective tape on the back of the truck, allowing them to be more visible to other vehicles on the road.
  • Keep a safe distance. Truck drivers should always drive a safe distance from the vehicles in front of them. This will give the truck driver plenty of time to respond to situations which could result in an accident.
  • Inspect the brakes. Large trucks require a lot of brake power in order to properly slow and stop. These brakes should be inspected regularly to ensure they are working correctly.

If you were involved in an 18-wheeler accident, it is important to know your legal options. To find out how you can obtain the compensation you deserve, you should contact the experienced Dallas trucking accident attorney at Guajardo and Marks. Call 972-774-9800 today to schedule your free case consultation.