As you might expect, given the sheer size of the vehicles involved, truck accidents are much more likely to result in serious injuries than a typical car accident. In fact, according to the NHTSA, 8% of road fatalities in the United States are a result of an accident involving a truck. It is estimated that around 130,000 truck accident injuries are reported in the United States annually. When these injuries occur, a truck accident lawyer can help the victim to recover damages to help cover the cost of medical treatment and other financial losses caused by the accident.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common truck accident injuries that a truck accident lawyer may be able to help you file a lawsuit.
Brain, Neck & Head Injuries
Some of the most common truck accident injuries that a truck accident lawyer deals with are brain, neck, and head injuries. If a car is hit by a truck, the impact can result in the driver and/or passengers of the vehicle being thrown around inside the vehicle or, in some cases, thrown out of the vehicle. This puts the individual at risk of colliding with various elements inside the vehicle, including the windshield and dashboard. More often than not, the head will bear the brunt of this impact. Any trauma to the head, including a direct blow or a violent jolt, can result in a brain injury that could have a life-changing effect on the victim. The scary part is that these injuries are not always immediately noticed at the time of the accident. It is important to seek medical treatment even if you feel okay at the time or if you don’t recall being hit on the head - a direct blow is not necessary to cause a brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can be some of the most challenging to live with, as they can have a wide-reaching impact on physical and cognitive abilities. Consulting with a truck accident lawyer can help you to get compensation to help deal with these life changes.
Common symptoms of brain, neck, and head injuries may include:
- Cognitive Impairment
- Visual Impairments
- Heightened Sensitivity to Light and/or Sound
- Memory Loss or Confusion
- Slurred Speech
Spinal Cord Injuries
Another common injury that could be sustained during a truck accident is a spinal cord injury. Like head injuries, this type of injury might not be immediately apparent, but it can result in severe disability, including paralysis. It is essential that you get a medical evaluation following a truck accident, even if you do not feel injured. A truck accident lawyer can work with you to claim damages to pay for possible changes in your life, such as loss of earnings, medical care, and adapting your home to meet your needs.
Whiplash is an injury that can be associated with most road accidents, but especially in truck accidents, it is common for the head to be violently propelled forward, resulting in damage to the soft tissue of the neck. Whiplash symptoms can include:
- Loss of Sensation
- Numbness or Pain in the Upper Body & Arms
- Restricted Range of Motion in the Neck
Although vehicles are equipped with safety features like seatbelts and airbags, due to the high impact of a truck collision, these features may save your life but can inflict severe blunt force trauma while doing so. This may result in internal injuries affecting the bladder, liver, spleen, lungs, pancreas, or kidneys. Chest and rib fractures are also a common result of seatbelt trauma but are not considered internal injuries, although a broken or splintered rib does have the potential to pierce other organs.
Broken bones may seem like a small injury in comparison with some of the others on this list, but depending on the complexity of the break or fracture, it could take substantial time to heal. Some broken bones may require surgical repair, resulting in lost earnings and medical expenses. A truck injury lawyer can help you to file a lawsuit to recover damages.
In many cases, passengers can be crushed when the car is hit by a truck resulting in the amputation of a limb if it cannot be saved. This will result in ongoing medical care, and you may also experience loss of earnings and other losses as a result of the injury. A truck accident lawyer can assist in securing any damages owed to you to help compensate for this significant change to your life.
These are just a few of the injuries that could be sustained if you are involved in a truck accident; many other possible injuries may have a detrimental impact on your life. If you find yourself in that situation, get in touch with a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Butler, Vines and Babb is a leading law firm in Knoxville, TN, with extensive litigation experience in Medical Malpractice Law, Birth Injury Law, Trucking Accident Law, Personal Injury Law, and Business Law. Contact us today at www.bvblaw.com or call 865-637-3531.
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