Underride Accidents


Any accident involving a tractor-trailer can be devastating, but nothing is scarier than having your vehicle actually slide under the trailer. When underride crashes happen, serious or even fatal injuries often result. The Connecticut attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC know how to advocate for underride accident victims.

It takes an experienced, focused attorney to successfully advocate for you in the wake of an underride crash. One of our founding partners, Michael D’Amico, is a former member of the National Advisory Board of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, the largest organization of plaintiff trucking lawyers in the United States. With experience and a proven track record of results, we will fight for you.


An underride accident occurs when a smaller vehicle strikes the back or side of a tractor-trailer and slides underneath it, causing some part of the trailer to enter the cab of the car. Underride is exceptionally dangerous to people in the smaller car; permanent and fatal injuries are common. That’s why trucks are equipped with underride guards and why truck drivers are supposed to be trained and supervised to drive safely and reduce the risk of underride incidents.

But despite the rules and regulations they’re expected to follow, many truck drivers and trucking companies engage in dangerous behavior that puts drivers at risk. Some causes of underride crashes include:

  • Failure to properly maintain the trailer, particularly the guards and taillights
  • Rapid braking, perhaps because the driver was tired or distracted
  • Illegal parking in a location with limited visibility
  • Failure to signal when entering or exiting the highway
  • Failure to use flashers, flares or reflective triangles when pulled over

Depending on the facts of the case, the responsible parties for an underride accident may include the trucking company, the truck driver, or even the manufacturer of the trailer. You need an experienced attorney to navigate the situation and help you rebuild your life.

We’ll be represent you from start to finish

When you contact us after an underride accident, we’ll listen to your story, answer your questions and help you understand your legal rights and options. Then, we’ll launch our investigation. Truck accident cases are often won and lost based on whether a full workup of the case is done and all relevant evidence is collected, and the trucking companies understand that. We’ll intervene to preserve evidence and start building your case for the accountability you need.

We’ll handle the trucking company and their insurance company on your behalf, keeping you informed while you focus on getting better. In many cases, our experience and preparation lead to a fair settlement out of court, but we’re always ready to go to trial. We hone our arguments and strategies in our in-house courtroom before we go before a judge and jury.

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in an underride accident, get an experienced attorney to help you move forward again. Contact us today to schedule your free remote consultation.

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If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or illness, you need to take immediate action so we can start our investigation. It’s not just a legal matter; it’s about helping you rebuild your life.

We have a proven track record of success. Other lawyers refer their cases to us because we have the experience and resources to resolve these complex matters.

It’s important that you contact us right away, before evidence disappears and critical legal deadlines expire. Our office is centrally located in Watertown and we offer legal counsel to victims and their families throughout Connecticut. Contact us online or by phone to schedule a free consultation.