The trucking industry is at the heart of the American economy. As consumer demand increases and more people turn to online purchases, more trucks take to the road. These vehicles weigh up to 30 times the size of passenger vehicles. Not surprisingly, crashes involving trucks led to the death of more than 4,000 people in 2019. When people survive, serious injuries are likely and long-term disabilities are possible.
Trucking accidents tend to cause the same injuries as crashes involving other passenger vehicles. The real difference is in the severity of these injuries.
When people suffer back and neck injuries, mobility becomes a serious issue. Problems could range from minor back pain to paralysis. Even when injured persons can walk, the severity of the pain could significantly reduce their quality of life. Some people find it impossible to return to work, especially in fields requiring manual labor. Sadly, many also become addicted to pain medication.
People fear brain injuries about as much as they fear back and neck injuries. The brain is one of the most important organs in the body. If it suffers damage, the person could awaken a completely different person or not awaken at all. They could also lose crucial functioning or suffer emotional disturbances that make it difficult to return to normal life.
Blunt-force trauma or puncture wounds can cause serious damage to internal organs. In some situations, these might not seem immediately apparent. However, they begin to worsen quickly and may lead to death. This is why it’s so important to seek adequate and follow-up medical care after an accident, no matter how well a patient initially feels.
Organs prone to internal bleeding include the bladder, kidney, pancreas, spleen and liver. Punctured or collapsed lungs are also notoriously difficult to treat. People with these injuries often remain in critical condition for some time.
When vehicles collide at high speeds, there is a chance the gas tank could rupture. From there, it only takes a spark for the entire thing to go up in flames. There are also several other combustible components in a vehicle. In worst-case scenarios, the truck itself could carry flammable materials, such as gas. This can lead to severe burns for people involved in the accident.
Broken bones commonly occur in car crashes. Compared to the life-threatening nature of most other types of injuries, some people feel lucky to escape with just broken bones. Commonly broken bones include the hands or legs. Broken backs or necks often coincide with damaged or severed spinal cords, which generally results in permanent paralysis.
Cuts and punctures caused during truck accidents might take a long time to heal. Some never fully heal at all. The deeper they are, the more likely this is. They can also lead to unsightly scars that mar a person’s appearance and significantly reduce their quality of life and prospects. Lacerations also create the risk of bleeding out at the scene and generally need immediate care to preserve the person’s life.
For many families, one of the most traumatic experiences after a trucking accident is the loss of a pregnancy. When pregnant, trauma to the abdomen may lead to the pregnancy being terminated. Pregnant women might even lose their babies later on as their bodies struggle to cope with stress, healing and nurturing a baby.
Even with the best doctors and medical care, persons who suffer truck accidents could experience lifelong disabilities. Some people bounce back from these disabilities quickly and reclaim a new semblance of a normal life. For other people, recovery could become an uphill battle. The worse the pain involved in the recovery is, the more pessimistic people tend to become.
Some people suffer such serious accidents that they refuse to drive again, even when they did not cause the accident. These persons suffer from so much anxiety once behind the wheel that driving could become dangerous. PTSD can also manifest itself in other ways, such as nightmares, insomnia, depression or severe anxiety. Symptoms might improve with consistent therapy.
Sometimes, brain injury is so severe that people can no longer function as independent adults. They might revert to a child-like state, no longer speak or struggle to process basic information. These persons often need a caretaker for the rest of their lives and have very little hope of resuming their normal lives. However, with therapy, both they and their family members can learn to cope with these changes.
Many people suffer from chronic pain that can last for years or a lifetime, after a truck accident. This can significantly reduce a person’s quality of life. Coupled with other stress factors, it could lead to suicidal ideation. When people are persistent and keep an open mind, they often find solutions to chronic pain. This might involve a well-calculated routine that includes physiotherapy, acupuncture, massages and other therapeutic options.
Brain damage or direct damage to the eyes can lead to blindness. This is one of the most difficult disabilities for people to adjust to. They must relearn to do even the most basic tasks, such as dress themselves or prepare meals. People also resent the loss of important symbols of independence, such as driving, cycling or hiking.
After a truck accident, preserving health is the number one priority. Failing to seek or accept medical attention could cause moderate injuries to balloon into long-term disabilities or permanent ones. When seeking compensation for these injuries, the trucker and the insurance company could point out that the person said he or she felt fine at the time and refused medical care.
Even when a strong connection exists between the injuries and the truck accident, the court might not award the full cost of medical bills after someone refuses medical care. The trucker might have caused the original incident, but the court might hold the person responsible for exacerbating the problem. The trucker and insurance company could bring in experts who confirm that immediate care could have prevented the injury from spiraling into a disability.
Working with an experienced attorney is also crucial to success. Personal injury attorneys know the ins and outs of negotiations and courtrooms. They can review the case to determine its plausibility and what your options might be. These professionals often also know the best motor vehicle accident doctors and facilities to improve your chances of recovery.
At Fielding Law, we provide free case reviews to our clients. We also charge no fees until or unless we win your case. This eliminates the risk and stress you would otherwise face at such a difficult time in your life. While you focus on recovering from your injuries and reclaiming your lives, we put together a strong enough case to provide the compensation you need to get back on your feet.
Over the years, we have won millions of dollars for clients involved in traffic accidents. For example, we won $1.6 million for a client involved in a commercial bus accident and $1.25 million for a client rear-ended by a commercial vehicle.
How much is your case worth? Contact Fielding Law to find out.