Any accident involving a tractor-trailer can be devastating, but nothing is scarier than having your vehicle actually slide under the trailer. When underride truck accidents in Watertown happen, serious or even fatal injuries often result. The dedicated truck crash 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.

We Know the Stakes in Underride Accidents

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 truck crashes in Watertown 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 tractor-trailer crash in Watertown may include the trucking company, the truck driver, or even the manufacturer of the trailer. You need a proactive attorney to navigate the situation and help you rebuild your life.

Our Watertown Underride Truck Accident Attorneys Will Represent You

When you contact us after an underride truck accident in Watertown, 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 truck accident attorney to help you move forward again. Contact us today to schedule your free remote consultation.