Truck Accident Injuries
A truck accident attorney knows very well that type of injuries that a truck accident can cause. Due to their enormous size, commercial trucks cause much more damage in crashes than other types of vehicles, often leaving accident victims suffering from catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, our firm wants to help.
Truck Accidents Injuries
According to national statistics, almost 75 percent of all injuries or deaths in truck accidents are suffered by victims who were in other vehicles in the crash, not the truck. For those victims who survive the crash, the injuries they suffer often cause permanent or long-term disabilities, severely impacting their quality of life and that of their family. Some of the more common injuries include:
Injuries to the Back and Neck
Because of the severe impact of a truck hitting a vehicle, many victims suffer from back or neck injuries, including dislocated or herniated disks or injuries to the spine. Many spine injuries leave the victim paralyzed. This is why it is recommended that anyone who has been in a truck accident seek medical attention immediately. If any back injury is suspected, an MRI should be done to determine what those injuries may be.
Again, because of the powerful force of the impact, many victims suffer multiple fractured bones in a truck accident that take months to recover from and, in many cases, require surgery.
Any type of blow to the head can cause injury to the brain, however, many victims do not realize that a whiplash injury can also result in serious head trauma. It can take hours or days for symptoms of head trauma to appear, especially if the person never lost consciousness after the crash. Symptoms of a brain injury include cognitive difficulties, confusion, nausea, and vision problems.
Internal injuries are some of the most dangerous because symptoms often do not present until the victim’s life is in serious danger. Because any type of blunt trauma that occurs in a crash can cause damage to a person’s bladder, kidneys, liver, or other organs, it is critical to be checked by a doctor immediately after being in a truck accident.
Injuries to the Torso and/or Ribs
The force of being slammed into by a tractor-trailer can cause severe damage to victim’s torso, especially the ribs, which can fracture and pierce the victim’s lungs.
Lacerations from truck accidents can be deep, damaging muscles and nerves, and leaving huge scarring that remains for the rest of the victim’s life.
Tragically, far too many victims do not survive the crash. In fact, you are ten times more likely to die from injuries in a truck accident than you are in a car accident. When a victim is killed in a truck crash, their loved ones are able to seek justice for the death through a wrongful death lawsuit.