While accidents involving any sort of passenger vehicle are dangerous, those involving commercial trucks are typically so much worse. The sheer size and weight of big rigs is what leads to these accidents being do detrimental. Truck accident injuries range from minor scrapes and bruises to wrongful death. Certain injuries are more common than others. Here’s a list of 5 of the most common types of truck accident injuries people are likely to face.
Back and Neck Injuries
Your spine is made up of many different segments, like vertebrae, discs, and nerves. Spinal injuries that result from trucking accidents are incredibly common, especially sprains and strains. More serious accidents can lead to pinched nerves and herniated discs, that may require surgery or treatment injections. Even worse accidents can cause fracture to the vertebrae.
Unsurprisingly, when you have a truck weighing 70,000-80,000 pounds going against a smaller vehicle that may weigh around 4,000, you’re likely to feel the impact. In truck accident victims, broken bones are common throughout the body, including the spine, arms, legs, ankles, or feet. Fractures can range in severity, from a small hairline fracture that will heal on its own to a compound fracture, where the bone pierces through the skin. Serious broken bones require long and sometimes expensive medical treatment, like surgery and physical therapy. Victims will likely need to wear a cast or boot up to weeks or months after the accident.
Typically caused by your seat belt rubbing against the skin or coming into contact with broken glass or other sharp objects. Lacerations may require stitches, though many can heal on their own. Regardless of the severity, pictures should be taken to show bruises and scarring. These can be used as evidence in your case.
Perhaps one of the worst and most severe truck accident injuries. Head injuries can range from basic headaches to concussions to traumatic brain injuries. The force of your head shaking back and forth during a collision or having your head come into forceful contact with a foreign object can lead to serious head injuries. These injuries can lead to skull fractures, bleeding on the brain, or even nerve damage. If you suspect a head injury, it’s best to seek care from a specialist immediately after your accident.
Fractured clavicles, dislocated shoulders, and torn rotator cuffs are a few of the most common types of shoulder injuries truck accident victims sustain. Not only do these types of injuries cause excruciating pain, they can significantly limit your ability to work, especially if the job requires any sort of physical activity.
Common truck accident injuries are serious. They can cause your to incur high medical bills, miss work, and experience excruciating pain. If you’re injured you can choose to pursue a personal injury claim. To learn more about how you can get the compensation you deserve, contact The Clardy Law Firm.