There are over 11 million semi-trucks registered to operate in the United States, and over three million of them are on the road at any given time. With so many trucks in operation, it is easy to understand the high volume of trucking accidents that occur.
Truck accidents involving passenger vehicles often result in catastrophic injuries for those in smaller cars. The impact of the truck often cause serious or fatal injuries to occur. A majority of the victims involved in trucking-related accidents face long-term recovery for their injuries.
Traumatic Brain and Neck Injuries
The two most common injuries that occur in a truck accident involve the head and neck. The impact of the collision often causes sudden jolting of the body back and forth, which can impact the neck, spine, and skull.
This can lead to whiplash, soft tissue injuries, and even paralysis. Concussion or traumatic brain injuries are also common in these events and can lead to subsequent serious side effects. Any damage to the head, neck, or spine can require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitative care to make a full recovery.
Broken Bones, Cuts, and Internal Injuries
Truck accidents are also responsible for many cases of broken bones, cuts, scrapes, and internal organ injuries. It is not uncommon for victims of a trucking accident to suffer several broken or fractured bones. Internal injuries and bleeding are also common in these events, particularly to the driver since the steering wheel is in a position to cause serious harm if pushed into the driver’s body.
Protect Your Rights and Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Victims of a trucking accident face many challenges, both physically and financially. It is their right as a victim to seek compensation from the responsible party.
Trucking accidents, however, can quickly become complicated because federal and state laws govern them, and several insurance companies may be involved.
To protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve, contact the Law Offices of Ruben Ortiz at (915) 308-8850 for a free consultation.