The average weight of a truck is approximately 20 to 30 times that of a regular automobile. This indicates that even a moderate impact has the potential to cause serious personal injuries. You’ll find a list below of some of the more typical injuries sustained in truck accidents, including those that could be severe enough to call for immediate medical attention and possibly even long-term treatment.
4 Common Truck Accident Injuries
- Spine Injuries
It should come as no surprise that truck accidents frequently result in spinal injuries. Injuries to the spine can affect the spinal cord itself, as well as the spinal discs and joints (facet joints) that support it, as well as supporting muscles and other soft tissues. Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can lead to varying degrees of paralysis, depending on their severity. Rehabilitating and receiving care for these injuries typically takes a long period of time.
Some injuries to the spine, such as whiplash, which affects the cervical spine (neck), can cause symptoms to manifest later than they would normally. This is typically because pain and other symptoms tend to become more apparent once inflammation develops within the area that is being affected.
- Head and Brain Injuries
Even with an airbag, the force of impact from a collision with a truck can cause your head to be thrust forward or jolt to the point where it presses against other components of your vehicle. It is possible that this will result in severe head injuries or even a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Injuries to the head can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage that impairs a person’s ability to function normally.
- Rib Injuries
Even though the ribcage is sturdy, it is still vulnerable to injuries, such as those that could be sustained in a truck accident. If this is the case, you might feel pain when you breathe, talk, or laugh or when you are physically exerting yourself and breathing heavily. A broken rib can also contribute to a lung being punctured as well as other severe damage within the chest and the area around the middle of the body.
- Internal Trauma
Seat belts were developed to offer protection to the occupants of a vehicle in the event of a collision. However, they also have the potential to cause severe internal injuries, which is especially the case if your vehicle is involved in a truck accident. It’s possible that internal injuries, such as those that affect the liver, kidneys, spleen, or bladder, won’t produce any symptoms at all or very few symptoms at first. Because of this, you should never say no to receiving medical attention if it is offered to you at the scene of an accident.
If you sustained any of these truck accident injuries, you should immediately seek medical attention. Equally essential is contacting a personal injury lawyer at Garcia and Phan to discuss your legal options. A lawyer knows how to collect evidence and handle other essential tasks while you focus on healing and recuperating. Contact us today at (714) 586-8298 for a free consultation.