What Are the Most Common Truck Accident Injuries?

most common truck accident injuries include spinal cord injuries and TBIs

The size and weight of commercial vehicles lead to more serious and devastating injuries when an accident happens. This blog examines the most common type of truck accident injuries and how a Conyers truck crash attorney can help protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

Some of the most frequent truck accident injuries include:

Spinal Cord Injuries

Due to the force of impact, most truck accidents cause spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord damage is a serious injury which may cause paralysis, loss of function or loss of sensation to certain parts of the body. The result of these injuries means that victims often suffer from limited movements or complete loss of bodily function, often for the remainder of their lives.

Victims suffering from spinal cord injuries require careful medical treatment as any small movement of an injured spinal cord can cause severe repercussions. Victims may also require lengthy rehabilitation should the injury have caused paralysis.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Large commercial truck accidents can result in TBIs, which occur when the head sustains a forceful impact or undergoes rapid back and forth movement. These injuries can cause cognitive impairment, memory loss, and emotional disorders.

The most common types of traumatic brain injuries resulting from passenger vehicle and motorcycle collisions with commercial trucks include concussions, contusions and penetrating brain injuries. These injuries may cause individuals to have a difference in cognitive function from before often altering their lives completely.

Severe Burns

Commercial trucks often carry highly flammable liquids or cargo. When these trucks are involved in an accident this will often result in a spontaneous combustion leading to severe burn for those involved. These injuries result in excruciating pain, disfigurement, and permanent scarring. Burns are classified into different categories depending on the severity of the damage.

truck accident victims are left with severe injuries

First-degree burns are classified as minor injuries only impacting the outer layer of skin. Second-degree burns are more severe and will affect all subsequent layers of skin often requiring immediate medical attention.

The most destructive type of burn is the third-degree burn. These burns not only affect the skin, but damage will have been caused to the underlying tissue. This may cause permanent disfigurement or loss of bodily function.

Neck and Back Injuries

The force of the impact can cause back and neck injuries, such as whiplash, herniated discs, or neck and back fractures. These injuries can lead to chronic pain, limited mobility, and decreased quality of life. This type of truck accident injuries will impact the daily lives of individuals suffering from them and will require regular check-ups and rehabilitation to prevent further damage.

Legal Aspects Concerning Truck Accidents

In Conyers, Georgia, personal injury matters such as truck accidents are a common occurrence with the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) reporting a 31% increase in truck accident fatalities since 2009.

Truck accident cases in Conyers, Georgia, are subject to specific laws and regulations that govern the trucking industry. These laws are enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Key regulations include hours of service rules, vehicle maintenance and inspection requirements, and load limits and securement.

Contact a Conyers Truck Accident Attorney for Help

As multiple parties, including the truck driver, trucking company and insurance company may be held responsible for a truck accident, a thorough investigation is necessary to identify the responsible party. A Conyers truck accident attorney at the Weinstein Law Firm will be able to assist.

Contact us at 770-HELP-NOW for a free consultation.

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