The U.S. Department of Transportation’s analysis of large truck accidents estimates that nearly half a million truck accidents occur in the United States each year. Each one of these accidents has the potential to cause severe injury, pain, and the need for a lifetime’s worth of recovery.
Due to the weight, size, and unpredictability of vehicle control, there is a wide variation in injuries and collision types for truck wrecks. However, one factor is constant: only a very small number of truck accidents leave victims unharmed.
This is why it is important not only to know your risks when it comes to truck accidents, but also to know where you can turn if one happens to you.
Common Truck Collision Injuries
A truck accident is only as scary as the damage it can have on you and your family. So the next time you decide to pass a swerving truck because it’s annoying you, think about the potential injuries you risk if that that truck is seconds away from causing an accident. These injuries include:
- Minor wounds (if you’re lucky): Bumps, bruises, broken bones, and cuts can all result from the force of an 80,000-pound truck smashing into you. Unfortunately, such minor effects as these are usually accompanied by a variety of more severe injuries.
- Internal bleeding and hemorrhaging: Crushing injuries—often resulting when a truck or trailer smashes into or falls onto the car, pinning the passengers inside—and impact force can tear or break blood vessels, tissues surrounding organs, and even sever veins. The result can be massive internal hemorrhaging. If the impact resulted in head injuries, the brain can also be susceptible to hemorrhages.
- Impalements: The force of a truck collision can cause pieces of metal and glass to fly everywhere. These pieces of shrapnel can then easily cut and impale passengers.
- Neck, head, and spinal cord injuries: Depending on the location of the impact, the force could snap vertebrae, sever the spinal chord, damage the neck (separating blood vessels and jostling your brain), or even cause massive head trauma and brain damage.
- Decapitation: When a trailer collides into a car, its edges essentially become razor blades that are forced toward the passenger vehicle at tremendous velocity. A high-speed collision can cause the truck’s trailer to slice off the roof of the car and anything in its way, including passengers’ heads, necks, and chests.
Any of the above injuries may require extensive medical treatment and extended recoveries. At the Packard Law Firm, we don’t believe that you should pay the price for a truck driver’s inability to control his rig. What do you think?
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