Accidents involving trucks are often catastrophic. A truck’s size and weight make the force of impact much greater and the resulting injuries are often far more severe than in accidents involving smaller vehicles. With so many large commercial vehicles on the road, the risk for deadly accidents remains dangerously high. The following are some of the more common injuries sustained by truck accident victims.
Musculoskeletal injuries are common in all types of auto accidents. While some accidents may cause a muscle sprain or strain, however, the force of a truck accident is much more likely to cause a fracture. Broken bones may require surgery to reset properly and often have a longer recovery period.
Some areas of the body are very vulnerable to injury during a truck accident, including the ribs, neck, and back. Rib injuries can be extremely painful and affect a person’s ability to breathe or speak normally. Broken ribs can also puncture the lungs or other internal organs.
Neck and back injuries can be as mild as minor pain or whiplash; but they can also be debilitating. Severe injury in these areas can limit a person’s mobility and their ability to work, either temporarily or permanently.
If the spinal cord is injured during an accident, the stakes become much higher. The spinal cord is very delicate and contains the nerves that allow us to move our bodies. Any damage to these nerves can result in pain, paralysis, and loss of function. These injuries might not be obvious immediately after the accident, and typically require an MRI to get an accurate diagnosis.
Similarly, head and brain injuries during a truck accident can be devastating. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause severe impairment, including loss of motor skills, blindness, loss of hearing, or impaired cognitive function. Even with intense rehabilitation, some patients may never fully recover.
When a person sustains a head injury during an accident, it is vital to seek medical attention immediately; what may seem at first like a minor concussion may be something much worse.
After an accident, there may be other injuries lurking under the surface that can have deadly consequences. Trauma to the abdomen can cause damage to the pancreas, spleen, kidneys, liver, bladder, or other internal organs, and may result in severe internal bleeding.
In some cases, it is the safety mechanisms such as airbags and seat belts that can cause blunt trauma to these vulnerable tissues. If not treated promptly, these injuries can result in serious health issues, and may be fatal.
If you or a loved one has been severely injured in a truck accident, call the Philadelphia truck accident lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP. Our knowledgeable, experienced lawyers will thoroughly review the facts of your case and prepare a sound legal strategy to get you the compensation to which you are entitled. With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, and Reading, we help truck accident victims and their families throughout Pennsylvania. Call us today at 800-222-8792 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation to discuss your case.