Truck accident injuries can be very serious – obtain the compensation you deserve with proficient legal support.
When a large commercial truck collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, the passengers in the smaller vehicle are more likely than the large truck driver to suffer catastrophic injuries. According to data published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 12,673 traffic accidents involving large commercial trucks in California in 2019. These traffic accidents resulted in 463 fatal injuries and 5,469 non-fatal injuries. Unquestionably, when a large truck accident occurs, these accidents can have catastrophic consequences.
Receive Financial Compensation For Your Injuries With the Support of an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
When a large truck accident occurs, the accident can have devastating consequences for the immediate injured victim as well as his or her family. Suffering injuries caused by a truck accident can lead to expensive medical costs, disability, loss of employment, emotional trauma, and more. Fortunately, the State of California recognizes the adverse effects a large truck accident can have on an injured person. When the truck accident has been caused as a result of another’s negligence, the state allows injured victims the opportunity to seek financial restitution from the at-fault party. If you or someone you love has been injured in a large truck accident, obtain the compensation you deserve with the support of an experienced and committed truck accident attorney.
For more than ten years of dedicated legal experience, Attorney Justin H. King has aggressively advocated on behalf of those injured at the hands of another’s negligence. Attorney King recognizes the hardships victims face in the aftermath of a large truck accident. For this reason, he works relentlessly in the pursuit of justice and maximum compensation for his clients. To schedule a free consultation with Attorney King, contact him by filling out the confidential contact form or call (909) 297-5001 today.
Injuries Typically Resulting From Large Truck Accidents
Legally, a fully loaded commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The weight and size difference between large commercial trucks and smaller regular vehicles is immense. When a large commercial truck collides with a smaller vehicle, it is easy to see how those in the smaller vehicle may sustain catastrophic injuries.
The type and severity of the injuries caused by large truck accidents will depend on multiple factors, including the speeds of the vehicles involved, the design of each vehicle, their weight, and whether the passengers were using their seat belts. In spite of the many factors that could determine the outcome of a truck accident, the following are some of the most common types of large truck accident injuries.
- Head and Brain Trauma
A sudden blow to the head or a sudden jolt caused by the impact can result in short- or long-term brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are a form of brain damage that can cause permanent damage to a person’s cognitive and physical abilities. When the injury is severe, the affected person may require lifelong medical treatment and assistance, including with his or her daily life functions. When there are complications from severe injuries, the TBI can lead to premature death.
- Internal Injuries
When the force of the truck accident leads to blunt force or penetrating trauma, this can seriously damage a person’s internal organs, such as the stomach, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, or bowels. A fracture of the person’s sternum, also known as the chest bone, or the ribs can cause fragments of the bone to tear into his or her organs. When an organ has been ruptured, this will cause internal bleeding and will usually require surgery. If the injury is not treated immediately, this can cause a person to suffer a serious infection, go into shock, both of which may prove to be fatal.
- Spinal Cord Injuries
One of the most delicate areas of a person’s body is the spinal cord. When there is a significant impact or blow to a person’s back, this can injure the vertebrae and/or tear the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury can result in lifelong chronic pain, permanent disability, and emotional trauma. Spinal cord damage can lead to paralysis, and depending on the extent of each injury, paralyzed people can experience a loss of sensation and movement.
In most truck accidents, the extreme forces involved in the accident can cause a person’s neck and head to stretch back and snap forward, causing whiplash. This sudden motion can sprain and strain the joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the neck. For the most part, whiplash can clear up within a few weeks of the accident, however, some accident victims may develop chronic pain and/or more severe neck concerns.
- Emotional Distress
When suffering a catastrophic injury, the trauma suffered can lead to tremendous psychological harm, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A person who has suffered an injury or disability that has a long recovery process or is uncertain whether there will be a full recovery can experience anxiety and depression. Emotional distress is a real and very serious injury that can be compensable in a claim.
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The injuries and damages a person can suffer in a serious truck accident can lead to a lifetime of hardships. After a serious truck accident, it can be very easy for a person to suffer long-lasting expenses, such as those accumulated over medical treatment, rehabilitation, surgery, ongoing medical care, and therapy. Moreover, many truck accident victims are no longer able to perform their job nor can they work in any other form or capacity, which may lead to additional economic losses. If you or a loved one was recently hurt in a truck accident, it is imperative to seek the advice and support of a dedicated truck accident attorney. A committed attorney who is experienced in these types of cases will ensure compensation is recovered for all past and future losses.
With more than a decade in dedicated legal experience, Attorney Justin H. King has championed on behalf of truck accident victims, helping victims recover the monetary compensation they were owed. If you were hurt in a truck accident, you can obtain a no-obligation consultation by calling Attorney King at (909) 297-5001 or filling out the online contact form here. Consider contacting Attorney King to get started on your case today.