Most Common Injuries After a Truck Accident
Truck accident injuries could be particularly catastrophic simply because trucks are much heavier and larger than other motor vehicles and are usually loaded with hazardous or heavy cargo. Truck accidents typically occur at higher speeds since trucks commonly travel at open roadways with higher speed limits. The following are common injuries that could result from truck accidents:
Multiple Bone Fractures
Victims of truck accidents usually suffer from bone fractures in the legs, arms, ribs, and other body parts. Casts, physical therapy, and surgical intervention are normally needed to treat these complex fractures. Unfortunately, some fractures don’t heal properly, leaving injured victims with permanent mobility issues.
Injury or any trauma to the neck muscles, ligaments, and joints could result from truck accidents. Whiplash is a common neck injury in truck accidents, and depending on the severity, could cause chronic pain and other complications.
Although spinal cord injuries are the most severe types of back injuries, remember that the back’s soft tissue and bones are also susceptible to damage that could lead to chronic impairment and pain.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Incomplete or complete spinal cord injuries could be caused by truck accidents, causing total or partial paralysis. Pulmonary complications, aspiration, sepsis, pressure sores, neurologic deterioration, and other complications might likewise occur following injury to the spinal cord. Depending on the severity and nature of the spinal cord injury, the victim may require lifelong care due to permanent disabilities.
Head and Facial Injuries
Most head injuries typically result from head-on truck crashes, but they can likewise be caused by almost any kind of motor vehicle accident. The most common type of head injury from truck accidents is a concussion. However, even a seemingly minor concussion could change the brain’s workings for months following the accident. Fractured facial bones and lacerations on the face and head are likewise common in truck collisions and might result from airbag injuries or the crash’s impact.
Burns could occur when a truck carrying flammable or other hazardous materials crashes into another vehicle and causes a fire. Depending on the burn injury’s severity, it could cause permanent disfigurement and significant scarring, or worse, death. Burns also make injured victims more prone to infections and other health risks.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs could result from closed-head injuries or open-head trauma (if an object penetrates the skull). A coma, subdural hematoma, brain bleeds, and other serious complications are common in more severe TBI cases. Victims of TBIs might require costly lifetime care and treatment if they survive.
Seek Legal Assistance from a Skilled Tampa Truck Accident Lawyer
The Tampa truck accident lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos can help injured victims of truck accidents pursue fair compensation for injuries they sustained in crashes resulting from the negligent acts of the truck driver, the driver’s employer, and/or other liable parties. To schedule a free evaluation of your case with our Tampa truck accident lawyer, you can fill out our online contact form or call 813-223-6405.