Underride Accident Lawyers in San Diego
Those of you old enough to remember Jayne Mansfield probably know of her tragic demise. The silver-screen siren’s life ended in 1967 when she and two other adults were killed in an underride accident outside of New Orleans‚ Louisiana.
Underride accidents occur when a car rear-ends a tractor-trailer‚ and the front part of the car slides under the trailer. They can also occur when a tractor-trailer rear-ends a car‚ forcing the rear end of the car underneath the front of the truck. And they can occur from the side‚ if a car makes impact with the side of a trailer and goes underneath.
Underride accidents are often fatal. If you’ve lost a loved one in an underride accident‚ you may be eligible for compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. To find out more‚ contact a San Diego truck accident lawyer at Jurewitz Law Group at (888) 233-5020 for a free case evaluation.
After Jayne Mansfield’s death‚ it was federally mandated that all large trucks be equipped with ICC bars‚ also referred to as “Mansfield bars” or underride guards. These devices are designed to keep the front of an automobile from sliding under the back of a trailer in a rear-end collision. While requiring trucks to have ICC bars is a step in the right direction‚ not all of the devices are effective in preventing underride accidents. Studies have shown that many ICC bars are too weak‚ or too poorly attached‚ to prevent underride accidents‚ even at speeds as low as 35 miles per hour.
ICC bars are also much less effective at preventing underride accidents when the car makes contact with only part of the bar‚ or at an angle. And‚ of course‚ ICC bars do nothing to prevent underride accidents that occur when a car hits the side of a trailer.
Wrongful Death Damages
If you’ve lost a loved one in an underride accident‚ you and your family may be able to seek the following damages from the trucking company or the manufacturer of its ICC bar:
- Medical bills
- Burial and funeral costs
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before death
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits‚ such as medical care and retirement
- Loss of affection‚ love‚ companionship‚ guidance‚ etc.
- Loss of household services the deceased performed‚ such as property and vehicle maintenance‚ bookkeeping‚ childcare‚ etc.
- Punitive damages
Why You Need an Experienced San Diego Truck Attorney
Trucking companies and truck manufacturers carry large insurance policies. Insurance companies don’t care about you and your family’s needs‚ they’re only concerned with making a buck. Claims adjusters are rewarded for getting people to accept payouts that are far less then they deserve.
An experienced attorney will see to it that you don’t get screwed by insurance corporations that are just trying to get rich. For over 15 years‚ the legal team at Jurewitz Law Group has been standing up to large insurance corporations on behalf of San Diego injury victims and their families. We’ll do the same for you. Call (888) 233-5020 for a free consultation.
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