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The devastating impacts of common injuries from trucking accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | Trucking Accidents |

Trucking accidents are undeniably harrowing events. The remarkable size and weight disparity between a tractor-trailer and a passenger car creates a potentially terrifying situation for anyone involved in a truck-car collision.

Beyond the emotional trauma, the physical injuries sustained in these accidents can be life-altering. Understanding the common types of injuries and their severity can help raise awareness and illustrate the importance of safe driving practices for all motorists and truck operators.

Types of injuries and their severity

The violent forces in a truck accident can damage the vertebrae, potentially leading to spinal cord injuries. These catastrophic injuries can cause partial or complete paralysis, depending on the location of impact along the spinal cord and the severity of the damage. Spinal cord injuries may come with a lifetime of physical and emotional challenges.

Additionally, the sudden impact in a truck accident can cause the head to strike the vehicle’s interior forcefully, resulting in:

  • Concussions
  • Skull fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

TBIs can have a wide range of consequences, from memory problems and dizziness to permanent cognitive impairment and coma.

Whiplash, a common neck injury caused by the forceful back-and-forth motion of the head, is a frequent consequence of truck accidents. More severe injuries that significantly impact a person’s mobility and quality of life can include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal fractures
  • Chronic pain

The blunt force trauma experienced during a truck accident can also cause internal bleeding, organ damage and other internal injuries. Prompt medical attention is crucial because these injuries’ symptoms may not manifest immediately and can be life-threatening if not diagnosed on time.

Moreover, in the most catastrophic truck accidents, occupants can suffer limb amputations or severe crushing injuries that lead to permanent disfigurement. These injuries require extensive surgeries, rehabilitation and emotional support to cope with the physical and psychological trauma.

The truth of the matter is that the recovery process in the aftermath of a truck accident can be extended and difficult. Many other injuries aside from limb amputations require:

  • Extensive medical treatment
  • Physical therapy
  • Long-term care

These costs, coupled with potential lost wages, may create a significant and unexpected financial burden for victims and their dependents.

Truck drivers have a responsibility to adhere to safety regulations regarding driving hours, vehicle maintenance and cargo loading. Therefore, car drivers who get involved in truck accidents due to a truck driver’s negligence – or anyone else’s – can work with an experienced legal team to help pursue compensation for their catastrophic injuries.