Unfortunately, when truck accidents occur, serious injuries often result. Trucks are the biggest and heaviest vehicles on the road, which makes their accidents particularly damaging.
When trucks are involved in accidents, these are five of the most common injuries that result:
#1 – Neck and Back Injuries
There are many small, fragile bones and ligaments in your back and neck that can be easily damaged as a result of an impact.
You can experience whiplash if your head and neck are forcefully pushed forward while your torso remains in place. The symptoms of whiplash can take hours, days, or even weeks to materialize, so you may not immediately know you are injured after getting into an accident.
#2 – Spine Injuries
The spine acts as a messenger from your brain to the rest of your body, so when spine injuries occur, the impacts can be severe.
An injury to your spinal cord can result in partial, temporary, or total paralysis of your lower body and torso.
Unfortunately, injuries to your spine are not typically an easy fix. Repairing your spine can take several months or years of treatments, surgeries, physical therapy, and/or adaptive devices.
#3 – Brain and Head Injuries
A head injury can be anything from a bruise or a welt that will heal without treatment to a mild concussion.
However, a traumatic brain injury has the potential to cause lifelong harm.
#4 – Burns
Since trucks are so long, when they collide with passenger vehicles, the likelihood of severe damage is high. That also means there are increased opportunities for ruptured fuel tanks.
Fire spreads quickly and has the potential to cause significant damage to your body if not extinguished right away.
#5 – Extremity Injuries
The impact of a truck accident can cause amputation or disfigurement, but it can also occur as a result of a severe burn.
Injuries of this nature often require immediate and continuing medical attention. These types of injuries may also require the use of adaptive devices such as prosthetics in order for daily function to be possible.
If you’ve sustained one of the aforementioned injuries (or any other type of injury) as a result of a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Let our attorneys see if we can help you recover it.
Call Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP today. We represent clients in the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico.