How Common are Override Truck Accidents?

Published on Jul 11, 2018 at 11:11 am in Truck Accidents.
How Common are Override Truck Accidents?


Accidents involving trucks and passenger vehicles, or motorcycles are among the deadliest collisions we see on the road. Victims of these accidents, especially override accidents, often face lifelong injuries and permanent disabilities. If you or a loved one has been the unfortunate victim of an override truck accident in Mississippi, reach out to our Biloxi commercial truck accident lawyers to reach the settlement that’s right for you.

What is an Override Truck Accident?

An override truck accident occurs when the front end of a tractor-trailer or large truck is unable to stop and then crashes into the back of a passenger vehicle. Because of the difference in size and height, this often causes immense damage to the top of the smaller vehicle, sometimes completely tearing off the roof.

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, 72 percent of front impact crashes with a semi result in override. A majority of override truck accidents result in head trauma, severe injuries, and death because of the amount of force exerted upon impact.

The truck driver, passenger vehicle driver, trucking company, or truck manufacturer may be liable depending on the circumstance of the accident.

How Do Override Truck Accidents Happen?

Override accidents can happen for a variety of reasons.

A driver may be negligent.

  • A trucker may be following another vehicle too closely.
  • The truck driver may fail to yield to traffic with the right of way.
  • The truck driver may speed and be unable to stop fast enough.
  • The trucker may be changing lanes without checking for other traffic or signaling.
  • The truck driver may be fatigued.
  • The driver of the passenger vehicle may stop too suddenly.
  • The driver of the passenger vehicle may be following the truck too
  • There may be aggressive or reckless driving.
  • There may be distracted driving.
  • There may be impaired driving.

The vehicle may be defective.

  • There may be a brake failure.
  • There may be a tire blowout.
  • There may be other mechanical problems.

The accident may be circumstantial. 

  • There may be low visibility from rain, fog, or snow making it difficult to see another vehicle.
  • There may be inclement weather.
  • The road conditions may be poor.

In the aftermath of a severe truck accident, a personal injury claim has the ability to provide financial relief. Contact us today for more information.



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