It all comes down to math and science. When an 80,000 pound, 70-foot-long, moving semi-truck collides with a 6,000 pound, 15-foot -long passenger vehicle, the damage to the smaller vehicle is devastating. Sadly, because of the sheer force of the impact, the injuries sustained in the smaller vehicle are often catastrophic and life-changing.
Victims of a trucking accident face many challenges. Long recovery periods for their injuries, incredibly high medical bills, loss of income, and financial insecurity are just some of the challenges that a victim will face.
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Catastrophic Injuries Associated With Trucking Accidents
The impact during a trucking accident leaves little room for the passengers in the smaller vehicle to protect themselves from serious injury. The impact occurs so fast and with such force that the passengers in the small vehicle often have no time to react.
In addition to common accident injuries, trucking accidents often lead to catastrophic or life-changing injuries. Catastrophic injuries include, but are not limited to the following common injuries:
- Spinal Cord Injuries. These injuries can cause nerve damage or paralysis. Victims may lose the use of any or all of their limbs or may be required to need devices to help them breathe. Many spinal cord injuries result in the victim needing a wheelchair for the rest of their lives.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Any injury to the brain can cause problems for the victim for the rest of their lives. Changes to motor functions and skills, memory problems, and emotional changes are all common with TBI. Some of these skills can be regained through therapy. Other skills or losses cannot be treated.
- Neck or Back Injuries neck or back injuries that are severe can change the way that a person functions for the rest of their lives. Special devices or walking assistance tools may be necessary to help the victim with these injuries get around.
- Burns. Burns are catastrophic injuries in so many ways. Burns take an extensive time to heal, often require many surgeries, and generally leave the victim scarred. Many burns can limit mobility and use of the body part that was affected.
- Amputations. Loss of limb due to the crash or the severity of the injury occurs more often in trucking accidents than any other type of vehicular event.
In addition to these injuries, victims may also suffer cuts, scrapes, and injuries to their internal organs. Some injuries are considered catastrophic if the victim has suffered multiple small injuries in the accident, even if the injuries are not one of the ones stated above.
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Protect Your Rights – Speak With A Trucking Accident Attorney
Trucking accident victims will face many issues during their recovery. One of those issues will be dealing with the insurance company that is covering the accident. The insurance company will be overly eager to settle this type of claim because they know it will be expensive.
In reality, the costs associated with your medical care and your financial losses will not be known right away. It would not be in your benefit to settle this case quickly because once it is settled, the insurer is no longer responsible for your medical care or losses.
Hiring a truck accident attorney to manage your case will protect your rights and help you avoid settling your case too soon. Your attorney will make sure that you are receiving all of the benefits you are entitled to and that any settlement that you receive is fair.