Sharing the road with trucks can be dangerous and scary due to their large size compared to an average passenger vehicle. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2017, an average of 97 trucks were involved in an accident daily. It's common for injuries related to large truck accidents to be more severe than those caused by a typical passenger vehicle accident because the impact of trucking accidents is significantly more severe. This often leaves victims facing catastrophic injuries that have a more lasting effect on their recovery process and way of life after they have healed.
Most Common Injuries Seen in Truck Accidents
Spinal Cord Injuries
SCIs are one of the most severe injuries a victim can suffer after being involved in a truck-related accident. They typically occur when the impact of the collision causes the spinal cord to be severed or damaged in some way. SCIs put victims at risk of being partially or fully paralyzed at the site of or below the injury, depending on the damage done and sometimes below, depending on the damage done.
Neck and Back Injuries
These injuries are commonly seen in trucking-related accidents also. Individuals lucky enough to survive trucking accidents are likely to have neck or back-related injuries – even if it's just whiplash. Other common injuries to these areas after accidents include damage to their ligaments, tendons, or other soft tissue in the neck and back.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs are also an injury that isn't a surprise when seen after an accident that involved a large truck. These injuries occur when physical damage is done to the brain and often leave victims suffering from blunt head trauma, concussions, and lacerations to their face or scalp. When victims seek medical attention, doctors are likely to give them CT or MRI scans to determine the severity of their injuries. Symptoms of TBI typically include seizures, memory and mood problems, headaches, and difficulties in concentration or sleeping.
Although broken bones may not seem like significant injuries, sometimes fractures can be so severe that they often require a surgical procedure to set the bones back into place, or else they won't be able to heal correctly. Broken bone surgery usually entails the insertion of pins, screws, or rods into the bone to aid in healing. Sometimes breaks are so severe they puncture through the skin and become exposed. These are known as compound fractures. Broken bones and fractures put the victim at risk of experiencing nerve damage, internal bleeding, infection, and permanent deformity if they are not quickly and properly treated.
It isn't unusual for collisions that involve large trucks to result in fatalities. Although no amount of money can bring back a loved one, families can seek compensation by filing a claim for wrongful death. This can be beneficial and serve as financial recovery to help pay for the funeral and any lasting medical bills or help children who were left behind.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident can be challenging as is, especially when a large truck is involved causing severe injuries or, in worse cases, death. After being in an accident as such, victims must take the time they need to rest, so they can ensure a full and healthy recovery. Working with an attorney is beneficial because they can work on your case while you take the time you need to obtain optimal health.
Here at Hanna Allen, PLLC, we have the skill and experience you need on your side to get you the compensation you deserve. When choosing to work with our attorneys, you can rest assured that your case is in the best hands and will be represented by Texas's finest personal injury attorneys.
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