In 2018 alone, there were 4,136 truck accident fatalities. Of those killed, 69 percent were occupants of other vehicles and 15 percent were pedestrians, motorcyclists or bicyclists.
Because commercial trucks are significantly larger and heavier than the average car, accidents that involve commercial vehicles often include much more severe property damage and injuries.
Our Harrisburg truck accident attorneys have decades of experience representing those who have suffered some of the most common truck accident injuries listed below as a result of a truck accident. If you have suffered any of these injuries, or others not listed, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.
A head injury can result anytime the brain is jostled or slammed up against the skull. Head injuries are common in truck accidents, particularly those where the vehicles are traveling at higher speeds.
Head injuries can cause long-term health consequences, including significant brain damage that can alter your ability to concentrate, solve problems, and function from an emotional or physical standpoint.
Some of the most common head injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A TBI occurs when the brain’s functions are disrupted by an outside force, such as a jolt or blow to the head, which often occurs in truck accidents.
Symptoms of a TBI can include:
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Persistent headaches
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Anger or anxiety
Concussions are a type of TBI that can cause similar symptoms and may also cause a person to lose consciousness. They often result from a violent shaking of or blow to the head.
When the body and head are jolted in different directions, usually forward and backward, neck injuries can result. Serious neck injuries can lead to a paralysis if there is damage to the spinal cord. Even in less severe accidents, you may have damage to your bones, muscles, joints and ligaments in the neck.
Whiplash is a common neck injury that may not show symptoms until hours or days after an accident. Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Pain and stiffness in the shoulders and neck
- Decreased range of motion in the neck
- Headaches that generally start at the base of the neck
- Numbness or tingling in the arms
Unfortunately, back problems are common after truck accidents. Back injuries can result in long-term pain and suffering. Some of the most common back injuries from truck accidents include:
- Herniated disc – When the cushion discs located between the vertebrae that make up the spine cracks or breaks, the soft center can leak out, known as a herniated disc. This can severe discomfort and pain.
- Sprain – A sprain of the back can occur from a sudden twist or blow that forces the muscles out of their normal position. This can be painful and limit your ability to walk, stand or sit.
- Spinal cord injury – A spinal cord injury is caused by any damage to the spinal cord that can result from a sudden blow or severing of the cord. This can have severe consequences that cause an individual to lose some of all sensation and motor function below the injury.
Because you automatically react to protect yourself in a crash by bracing your arms and legs, broken bones are common after a truck accident. Fractures and broken bones most often occur in the:
- Hands and wrists
- Facial bones and skull
You may not realize just how badly you are injured in a truck accident because your injuries may be internal. Internal injuries need to be addressed as quickly as possible after an accident to avoid long-term damage and death. Internal injuries may include damage to the:
It is important to get medical attention right away after any motor vehicle accident.
Getting Legal Help After a Truck Accident
If you are injured in a truck accident, you may have legal options for obtaining compensation for your injuries, including reimbursement for:
- Doctors’ visits
- Hospital stays and rides in ambulances
- X-rays and MRI scans
- Assistive medical equipment
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages from missed time at work
Our personal injury lawyers located in Harrisburg can help you decide whether filing a legal claim is right for your situation. Contact our team today for a free, no obligation consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis and will not charge you for anything unless we recover compensation for you.
Contact Schmidt Kramer today by calling (717) 888-8888.