Motorcycles and Under-ride Accidents
Collisions between trucks and motorcycles tend to be catastrophically dangerous for the rider. However, when an under-ride accident occurs, being an accident in which the rider actually goes under the bottom of the truck, the injuries often prove fatal. This is largely due to the alignment of the rider in relation to this lower edge of a truck’s body, which measures up roughly to the head or neck.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. Contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.
Preventing Under-ride Accidents
As there is little protection available for a rider once the accident occurs, it is important that both truck drivers and motorcyclists work to avoid these collisions if at all possible. Perhaps the central problem with most under-ride accidents, which occur more frequently at night, is visibility. To increase visibility, truck drivers need to remember the following safety tips:
- Keep reflective tape on the side and rear of the trailer
- Do not place logos or decals over this tape
- Keep tape clean from excess dirt
- Do not rely on tape during the day, at twilight, or in a dense fog
- Consider using lighting around the trailer as well as tape
In addition to these easy-to-follow safety instructions, truckers are mandated by the government to drive trailers that include a rear under-ride guard. While this makes rear accidents slightly safer, it does not make collisions with the sides or, most importantly, the corners any safer.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck driver’s negligent highway behaviors, we may be of assistance. Contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.