Common Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can result in a driver or passenger receiving trauma and pressure that can cause a severe injury, such as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or burn injury. Truck collisions from the front, back, and side can endanger different parts of the body by causing soft tissue injuries, broken bones, and internal injuries. A truck accident injury can result in high medical costs, long recovery times, and complications that can reduce a victim’s quality of life.

Victims of truck accidents that suffer severe injuries can file truck accident claims to pursue compensation for damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A truck accident lawyer can help hold the at-fault party liable and negotiate a fair settlement with their insurance company.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents

Negligent behavior behind the wheel can cause a truck accident that can expose a driver or passenger’s head to direct impact. A blow to the head can damage the brain and cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This type of injury can severely impact a person’s standard of living, as they can have reduced cognitive functioning, persistent headaches, and seizures.

A traumatic brain injury can happen during a truck accident if your head receives any blow or trauma that can affect the brain. For example, if you were struck by a distracted truck driver from the front, it’s possible that you could receive a direct blow to the head from the truck that could cause a traumatic brain injury. Some common types of TBIs include concussions, contusions, and brain hemorrhages.

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Truck Accidents Can Cause Whiplash

During a truck accident, a person inside the truck can have their body violently shake back and forth, which can result in an injury known as whiplash. This type of injury can result in damage to the back and neck, leading to pain in those areas, chronic headaches, and loss of range of motion.

The neck and back are important to the functioning of the body. You need to have full capability of using these body parts to move your body correctly, but a whiplash injury can cause problems in neck and back movement. Standing up, reaching for something, walking and stretching can all cause significant pain that can affect a person’s quality of life. Truck accident victims that suffer from whiplash can file a truck accident claim to pursue compensation for economic and non-economic damages caused by the injury.

Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents

Spinal cord injuries can also result from whiplash, as the jerking back and forth can cause damage to the spine. They can also result from direct trauma during the truck accident to the back that can damage the spinal cord and nerves in the spine.

A spinal cord injury can cause symptoms such as back pain, loss of spinal movement, lack of bladder control, problems maintaining balance when standing up, and difficulty breathing. They can also cause health complications that can affect a person’s standard of living long-term, such as worsening a person’s coordination, strength, and body functioning.

Burn Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can cause explosions and fires through exposed electrical wiring, car part combustion, or impacting flammable material being transported in a truck. Thermal, electrical, and friction burns can result from truck accidents, each with the possibility of causing significant long-term pain and harm.

Burns from truck accidents can be only minor burns affecting the skin or can be fourth-degree burns which can put a person’s life at risk. If you feel you suffered a burn from a truck accident, you should seek medical attention right away. A healthcare professional can mitigate the negative effects of a burn through medical treatment, possibly saving your life.

Truck Accidents Can Cause Strains and Sprains

According to the United States Department of Labor, 50% of truck accident injuries are strains or sprains. A strain is an injury that affects a muscle or a band of tissue that attaches to a muscle or bone, while a sprain affects a band of tissue that joins two bones together. It occurs when the impact of a truck accident generates pressure and trauma that stretches or tears ligaments. They can cause intense pain in the affected area, swelling, bruising, and limited movement of the injured body part.

How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help You Recover Compensation for Your Injuries?

Hiring a truck accident lawyer is an essential step in the truck accident claims process. You will likely not be able to properly handle the process independently, as your lack of experience with truck accident claims could lead to a mistake that costs you compensation. A truck accident lawyer will have the proper experience and will know what steps to take and when.

The following are some of the ways a truck accident lawyer can help you with the claims process:

  • Assess your current and future truck accident damages
  • Explain your rights
  • Determine the liable party
  • Collect evidence to prove the at-fault party’s negligence
  • Find expert witnesses
  • Interview eyewitnesses
  • Develop a truck accident claim litigation strategy
  • Speak to medical providers
  • Negotiate with an insurance company trying to deny, delay, or devalue your claim
  • Represent you in court

Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your Truck Accident Claim

The truck accident attorneys at The Russo Firm can help you pursue compensation for truck accident damages through personalized legal counsel. We cater our legal counsel plan to the specifics of your case and provide accurate damage calculations to ensure you receive fair compensation for the full cost of your current and future damages. Drivers that negligently cause truck accidents should be held responsible for their behavior that caused a truck accident.

At The Russo Firm, we can help you hold them accountable and put you in a position to recover compensation for your truck accident damages. Contact us at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page for a free truck accident claim consultation.

Article written or reviewed by:

Attorney Anthony Russo

Attorney Anthony Russo

Managing Partner and Lawyer at The Russo Firm

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