While any car accident has the potential to cause serious injuries, a collision with a tractor-trailer is especially likely to cause devastation. Trucks are heavy and powerful vehicles, and the impact from a collision is much greater than from an accident between two cars. As a result, the injuries from truck accidents may go far beyond whiplash or broken bones, causing medical complications that may take years to overcome.
Common Types of Truck Accident Injuries
Truck drivers and carriers often commit dangerous or negligent acts that lead to a truck crash, but it is usually the drivers of other vehicles who pay the price. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 70 percent of all truck crash injuries and deaths are suffered by passengers in the vehicle hit by the truck.
Truck crashes can be catastrophic for victims who suffer:
Any trauma to the head carries a risk of brain damage. The effects of brain injuries can range from temporary vision problems and headaches to permanent cognitive difficulties, behavioral changes, and loss of motor function. Brain injuries can take weeks to fully show symptoms and can occur even if the victim did not lose consciousness.
Blunt trauma from a truck crash can fracture the ribs and damage vital organs, causing internal bleeding and potential rupture of the liver, kidneys, lungs, and spleen.
Victims who suffer herniated discs may require spinal fusion surgery, permanently limiting the type of manual work they can perform. If the accident results in damage to the spinal cord, the victim may suffer partial or total paralysis that requires daily nursing care and severely impacts quality of life.
Tractor-trailer accidents are often likely to be fatal. When a truck accident causes the death of a loved one, an experienced wrongful death attorney may be the family’s only chance of getting justice.
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