You’ve probably read about the horrors of truck underride accidents: A semi slams on the brakes in the I-49 exit lane, and the car behind becomes wedged under the truck’s trailer. As gruesome as these accidents are, they are not the only potential danger for smaller cars traveling side-by-side with semis.

What Is a Truck Override Accident?

An override collision is the opposite of an underride crash: The semi strikes the car from behind. Due to its massive size and length, the truck will usually crush the smaller vehicle and can result in fatal injuries for the car’s occupants. If the passengers do survive, they are likely to suffer serious and permanent injuries—such as spinal cord injury, coma, or total paralysis.

Where Are Override Accidents Most Likely to Happen?

An override truck accident can occur anywhere a semi might travel. However, there are particular places that override crashes might happen due to the nature of the roadway, such as:

  • City streets – An override crash can be fatal even at slower speeds, including the 25 mph zones in the neighborhoods of Lee’s Summit. A truck driver may drive over a pedestrian or bicyclist while turning or changing lanes, or even drive over a car that has entered his blind spot.
  • Construction zones – Traffic almost always slows as cars merge into narrowed construction lanes—but if a tractor-trailer’s brakes aren’t working properly, slowed traffic can be deadly for smaller vehicles.
  • Highways – Semi drivers may cave to the pressures of their jobs and rush to meet a deadline by driving erratically, speeding, or giving no notice of lane changes. Impatient drivers may also tailgate, dramatically increasing the risk of an override crash.
  • Exit ramps – Many accidents occur as truckers reach their exits, but experience brake failure on the exit ramps and collide with decelerating vehicles. A semi may also lose control due to a tire blowout and attempt to get onto the shoulder, running over the passenger vehicles in his path.

While these accidents can happen in any location, they are overwhelmingly likely to happen at night. Nighttime driving increases the risks of crashes for a number of reasons: Truckers can become tired in the long hours of their shifts—falling asleep at the wheel. Truckers can also overlook smaller cars on long stretches of highway with no lighting, and cars failing to see semis due to a lack of reflective materials on the truck.

Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.