Semi-trucks are the biggest transportation vehicles out there. They are simply bigger and heavier than anything else on the road. When an accident happens involving a semi-truck, the consequences could be fatal for other parties involved.
Did you know that in 80 percent of the semi-truck accidents, truck drivers survive the accident and are left with a few bruises, while the other parties involved have a high (over 65 percent) fatality rate?
Listed below are all the major injuries caused by truck accidents.
After colliding with a truck, a person will most often (if lucky to survive) suffer from broken bones. It is due to the force of the impact, and the breaks are usually severe. In some cases, a person may fracture several bones (usually arms and legs) and have a few broken ribs.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries. Speak with our truck accident attorneys in San Francisco, schedule your initial free consultation today and learn how you can obtain your compensation as quickly as possible for the following:
- Your property damage
- Your pain and suffering
- Your medical bills
- Your lost wages and earning capacity
Remember that in order to obtain compensation, you have to prove that it was the other party’s negligence that caused the accident in the first place.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Almost any trauma to the head can cause a serious traumatic brain injury. When the brain tissue is damaged, a TBI can lead to cognitive and physical impairment. Other changes that most people suffer involve:
- Change in behavior (mood swings)
- Change in personality
- Loss of memory
Eventually, it can cause death. Be sure to get checked by a professional medical worker after you have been involved in any kind of accident.
Spinal Cord Damage
Even though you may walk away from the accident, that does not mean that your spinal cord was not damaged. You may be experiencing a rush of adrenaline, or your symptoms may develop over time. Either way, these types of injuries can cause serious in a few months or years, and leave you paralyzed or unable to move certain parts of your body. If not treated immediately, spinal cord injuries will eventually cause permanent and irreversible damage to one’s body and life in general.
Amputations and Burns
The sheer violence of the crash may lead to damage that is beyond repair. In some cases, the limbs must be amputated. In some specific cases, an individual’s limb has to be amputated to save their life (leg stuck in a car wreck).
Where there is smoke, there is usually fire. These accidents are known to “set on fire”, and everyone involved may suffer burns all over their bodies. These are damages to the skin which can reduce body functions and cause permanent damage.
Other types of severe injuries caused by truck accidents include:
- Wrongful deaths