Chandler, Arizona – Two adults and one child sustained serious injuries after a three-vehicle collision, including a semi-truck, on I-10 near Riggs Road.
According to reports, the accident occurred when a passenger vehicle crossed all lanes of traffic, colliding with other vehicles. One car became lodged underneath a semi-truck, seriously injuring three people.
No further details have been provided.
Thoughts on Multi-Vehicle Accident with Large Truck
Although we do not have all the details of what caused this incident, from images and reports, we know one car became lodged under a semi-truck —what is known as an underride accident.
Underride accidents happen when a truck does not have safety bars in place, allowing a car to slide underneath the trailer’s body easily. These accidents usually result in devastating or deadly outcomes since trucks stand high and the point of impact happens at the windshield or the hood of the smaller vehicle, shearing it off and rendering many of the car’s safety features worthless. Sadly, underride accidents cause hundreds of deaths each year (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), most of which are preventable if the semi-truck had one safety feature installed — underride guards.
When trucks lack underride guards, and a serious injury or death occurs due to an underride, the truck manufacturer can be held accountable for the defective design of the truck. Truck manufacturers know underride guards can reduce the chance of serious injury or death, and when they choose to ignore this information, they may be responsible for their negligent actions.
Other parties, such as the truck driver and the trucking company, may also share liability in this accident, but this can only be determined by examining all the facts. An independent investigation by trained professionals will also help all the victims receive the help they need for the long journey of healing ahead of them.
I wish all the victims of this accident healing and a speedy recovery.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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