Truck Accident Kills 6 Year Old McDuffie County Child
Recently, a McDuffie County boy tragically passed away in a tragic truck accident, according to a local news source. Georgia State Troopers report that the six-year-old boy was riding in a Chevrolet pickup truck. The truck was heading westbound on 1-20 when it crossed over the white line and hit the rear of a tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of the road. The driver of the pickup truck sustained non-life threatening injuries, while her six-year-old great grandson sadly died in the accident. Her infant great-granddaughter was also injured in the crash, but is expected to recover.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our truck accident lawyers have assisted a number of clients injured by rear-end truck accidents. Our firm understands that when a passenger motor vehicle collides with the rear of a tractor trailer, the results can be catastrophic. Known as underride accidents, these collisions can often prove fatal. We take a look below at underride accidents and how you may be able to recover from them.
Underride Accidents Prove Deadly
The typical underride accident involves a passenger motor vehicle colliding with the rear of a tractor trailer. Often, the car will travel underneath the rear of the truck, essentially crushing the front of the vehicle and resulting in catastrophic injuries to the driver and passengers inside. Underride accidents can cause head injuries, crush injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage and other gravely serious medical conditions.
Rear guards are placed on tractor trailers in an attempt to prevent smaller cars from traveling under the rear of trucks in the event of an accident. However, recent studies have demonstrated that rear guards in America are dangerously ineffective. According to a Canadian study, as discussed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, rear guards certified in America fail at alarming rates. In fact, they have been observed not to prevent cars from traveling under the tractor trailer when traveling at a mere 35 miles per hour. In contrast, the guards certified in Canada are stronger than the American ones, offering substantially greater protection in the same crash scenario. This study and others like it have led many safety organizations to call for the creation of stronger and more resistant rear guards to protect drivers and passengers of cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the event of a truck accident.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, contact a truck accident lawyer at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law as soon as possible for a free consultation. Truck accidents are more complex than car accidents, often involving more serious injuries, multiple defendants, federal and state law and more. Can attorney can examine the facts and circumstances of your accident and advise you on the steps necessary to protect your rights.
Put Montlick and Associates' Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you will need experienced legal counsel to assist you with your potential case. The Georgia Truck Accident Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, help accident victims and their families in Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 30 years of experience that we will bring to your case. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of reaching the best possible outcome. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.