You need an advocate who understands just how much your accident has affected your life and your family. Attorney Richard E. Lewis has been standing up for the injured throughout Eastern Washington for over three decades. Trust Richard and his team to help you get the compensation you need to rebuild your life.
What is an underride accident?
An "underride" accident is so called because it involves a smaller vehicle – for example, a passenger car, SUV, pickup truck or motorcycle – hitting the rear or side of a tractor-trailer and then sliding under the trailer. Underride accidents can cause serious or fatal injuries when part of the trailer actually enters the cab of the smaller vehicle. Severe brain and spinal cord injuries are common, as are injuries resulting in loss of limbs.
Getting compensation for an underride accident means understanding the complex web of liability that can come into play. The truck itself may have been illegally parked or stopped short, causing the crash. The driver may have been distracted, fatigued or inexperienced. These are all factors that the driver and, by extension, the trucking company are responsible for.
However, many underride accidents also result in claims against the manufacturer of the trailer. Modern trucks are usually equipped with underride guards intended to stop smaller vehicles from sliding under the trailer, but those guards often tragically fail. This could be due to a design defect, which is the manufacturer's responsibility. It could also be the result of poor maintenance, which would be the responsibility of the owner of the trailer.
An experienced attorney can protect your rights
In order to get the full and fair compensation you need to rebuild your life after a truck accident, you need an attorney who will get to the bottom of what happened. When you retain Richard E. Lewis, P.S., you're getting an experienced lawyer who knows how to thoroughly investigate and identify the liable party or parties in your crash. And Richard will put 30 years of experience to work as he takes on the trucking company, the truck manufacturer and their insurance companies in pursuit of the compensation you need.
What happened wasn't your fault. You can take charge of what happens next. Contact us to protect your legal rights after an underride truck accident. Call 866-465-9098.