11 Common Types of Injuries Caused by Truck Crashes
Truck crashes are responsible for many severe injuries and fatalities. We’ve listed the most common injuries below from head and back injuries to soft-tissue and internal injuries. These injuries are responsible for mounting medical bills, lost wages, emotional suffering, and physical pain.
If you’re involved in a truck crash and suffer any of the injuries discussed below because of another party’s fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Consider hiring an experienced truck accident attorney to help you get the settlement you desire.
1. Head injuries
Your chances of suffering head injuries like eye/facial injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), a concussion, etc. are very high if you are involved in a truck accident.
Eye/facial injuries occur when a driver or passenger’s head hits the dashboard, airbags, steering wheel, or flying debris during an accident. The most common eye/facial injuries include scarring, facial fractures, and vision damage.
Traumatic brain injury (or TBI) is characterized by a severe blow or jolt to the head that injures the brain. Traumatic brain injuries have life-threatening side effects like personality changes. The injuries can also cause death.
Concussions are TBIs that result in unconsciousness followed by disorientation. In most cases, victims recover in a few days. In a truck accident setting, concussions can occur because of a violent jolt or heavy blow to a driver or passenger’s head after a collision.
What are the signs/symptoms of a head injury after a truck crash?
Head injuries are usually depicted as mood swings, memory loss, seizures, difficulty balancing, sleepiness, dilated pupils, consistent headaches, disorientation, nausea, and vomiting.
2. Neck injuries
When a truck hits a small vehicle, the occupants of the small vehicle can be thrown around violently even if they have worn seat belts. This violent movement can injure the neck muscles, nerves, ligaments, joints, and bones.
Whiplash occurs when a person’s neck is thrown forward abruptly, followed by a sudden stop. Whiplash injuries can be mild to severe requiring temporary to ongoing lengthy treatment.
What are the signs/symptoms of neck injuries after a truck accident?
Common symptoms include, but aren’t limited to, dizziness, neck/shoulder pain, neck/shoulder stiffness, and limited neck motion.
3. Back injuries
Truck accidents are also known to cause back injuries. Severe back injuries are linked to life-long chronic pain and expensive medical care. In most cases, accident victims never recover fully. Common back injuries resulting from truck accidents include sprains/strains, herniated disc, compression fractures, paralysis, and spinal cord injury.
Accident victims who suffer irreversible spine damage can become paralyzed, resulting in high future costs and psychological suffering. Injury to the back muscles and ligaments (strains and sprains) can heal over time. The same applies to compression fractures (fractures in the spinal cord) and herniated disc injuries.
4. Broken bones, fractures and/or dislocation
You may fracture or break your bones in a truck accident. The blunt force produced on impact can break or fracture bones in your skull, face, hands, wrist, ribs, legs, pelvis, and arms. Your bones could also dislocate. Such injuries may require a cast or surgery to recover.
5. Internal injuries
Truck accident victims are also prone to internal injuries. The force from the accident can damage internal organs like the liver, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, and bladder. Internal injuries require immediate medical attention.
6. Soft tissue injury
Soft tissues like ligaments, tendons, muscles, and cartilage can suffer small injuries that aren’t noticeable immediately. While most soft tissue injuries can heal on their own, severe cases may require physical therapy or surgery. Since soft tissue injuries aren’t obvious, look out for symptoms like bruising, swelling, reduced/loss of limb function, and pain.
Head-on collisions involving large trucks can result in fires. This is common if a collision raptures a fuel tank. Victims can suffer burns resulting in loss partial/complete loss of function of limbs/arms, permanent scarring, or death.
Victims of severe truck accidents can lose their limbs, hands, fingers, or feet on impact. This injury is common if the impact crashes a victims limbs or arms partially/completely. Amputations have a serious impact on a victim’s life in the long-term. Truck accidents resulting in amputation can render a victim jobless for life.
Shattered vehicle windows can cause deep cuts that range in severity. Victims may require stitches, medications and/or surgery. While most victims will heal completely, lacerations are known to cause permanent scarring.
10. Psychological trauma
Truck accidents are traumatic events. Both victims and witnesses can experience psychological trauma after an accident. The trauma is usually characterized by anxiety and PTSD. Psychological trauma requires ongoing treatment.
Death isn’t exactly an injury but a severe consequence of a truck accident or resulting deadly injuries. If a victim of a truck accident dies because of another party’s fault, their family can file a wrongful death claim.
Regardless of the injury suffered, a truck accident victim/their family can be compensated if the accident is proven to be caused by another negligent party. However, victims/their families need seasoned truck accident lawyers that are tested and proven.
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