Common Injuries from Truck Accidents
Commercial truck crashes are terrifying events. When you see an 80,000-pound truck barreling at your vehicle, you might not be able to avoid the crash. After a crash, you likely will have one or more serious injuries that need medical attention. If you suffered any type of injury in a collision, speak with a Salina truck accident attorney as soon as you can.
When a huge vehicle crashes into you, the impact can cause serious trauma to your body. Seat belts, airbags, and other safety features can only do so much to protect your body from the truck. Below are some common traumatic injuries that truck accident victims might sustain.
The impact of a crash can put pressure on your bones, which can fracture in many ways. While some fractures are more serious than others, all of them need immediate medical assistance. Some fractures are clean and require immobilization for weeks while the bone heals. Others might need emergency surgery to prevent infections and insert hardware to set the bone. Fractures can be costly and can disrupt your usual activities and work.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Truck crashes can cause you to hit your head on the inside of your vehicle or another object or shake your head violently. Any degree of head trauma can lead to brain damage and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). You may have a TBI without loss of consciousness. Mild TBIs might clear up completely with some rest and time. On the other hand, both mild and serious brain injuries can involve permanent damage that causes lifelong impairments. Even with treatment, victims can experience memory loss, severe headaches, cognitive dysfunction with physical and/ or behavioral issues that interfere with their lives.
Spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries are some of the most catastrophic injuries possible. All spinal trauma requires emergency care to determine the extent of the damage and prevent further complications. Complete spinal injuries can cause permanent paralysis for a victim below the point of the damage. This can lead to lifelong wheelchair use and other assistance and can completely alter the course of someone’s life.
Some injuries cannot be seen from the outside, as they involve internal bleeding or damage to vital organs. A truck crash can result in a punctured lung, ruptured spleen, abdominal hemorrhaging, and other serious internal injuries. Often, internal injuries require emergency surgery, and it can take victims a long time to fully heal.
With significant injuries come significant medical bills, wage loss, loss of earning capacity, future surgeries and the need for rehabilitation and life care planning.
Speak with a Salina Truck Accident Lawyer Right Away
If you have injuries after a truck crash, you should get a medical evaluation right away. Once you know your diagnosis, you should speak with a Salina truck accident attorney at Neustrom & Associates about your legal rights. Call 785-825-1505 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. We assist clients with a wide range of injuries, from relatively minor conditions to catastrophic and permanent injuries. We try to help you though the whole process of recovery, medically and financially.