The Law Offices of A. L. Williams and Associates, LLC.
Truck accidents can be extremely detrimental to all drivers involved. Trucks are generally much bigger and more powerful than cars and accidents between them usually leave someone injured. Below are some of the most common types of injuries sustained by people involved in truck accidents. More specific information for a particular case should always be obtained from a certified physician.
- Back and Neck Injuries
Back and neck injuries can range from minor neck pain to paralysis. Most people who suffer injuries of the neck and back have a longer recovery time and are oftentimes prevented from everyday activities such as working. The severity of back and neck injuries differ from person to person and should be addressed with a certified physician soon after the injury is sustained.
- Head Injuries
Head or brain injuries result from a force exerted on a person’s head and also vary in severity. People who suffer from mild to moderate brain injuries are likely to recover in a short amount of time with no life-long consequences. People who suffer from severe brain injuries are more likely to experience life-long consequences from the trauma. Brain and head injuries do not necessarily have to be from a direct impact. Forces from truck accidents, such as whiplash, are a common cause of head or brain injuries.
- Broken Bones
Trucks are much bigger than cars and accidents with them can cause significantly more damage. Broken bones are a very common outcome of a truck collision and should be addressed with a certified physician soon after injury is sustained.
- Internal Injuries
Internal injuries such as bleeding organs is a very serious injury and left untreated could lead to additional damage and/or death.
Other injuries from truck accidents include seat belt injuries, lacerations, paralysis, and even death. Each accident whether with a truck or any other motor vehicle is different for each person and medical treatment should be sought soon after injuries occur to prevent additional injuries due to failure to seek treatment.
Semi-trucks or commercial vehicles are five times more likely to cause serious injuries and death than a passenger car (e.g. a car, pick-up truck, or motorcycle). This is owed in large part to the size and mass of the vehicle, the greater amount of time needed for the vehicle to come to a stop and the demanding schedules truck drivers have to deliver cargo.
Types of Commercial Vehicles
- 18 wheelers
- Road trains
- Cab over designs
- Parcel delivery vehicles (UPS / FEDEX / USPS)
- Fire Trucks
- Wide load / Out of gauge haulers
- Personal effects carrier
- s (U-Haul)
- Waste disposal / Collection vehicles (dump trucks)
- Passenger buses
- Armored currency transportation vehicles
- Garbage trucks
They’re very few situations where an object can withstand the force of a semi-truck colliding with it at speed. Some common injuries caused by semi-truck accidents include but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal damage
- Broken bones
- Mental scarring
- Internal injuries
Often, an injury will go unnoticed until a few days after it has occurred. Therefore, injury victims must receive proper medical attention as soon as possible.
Commercial Insurance Policies
Semi-trucks are covered by commercial insurance policies which are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This gives them an entirely different set of policy guidelines than the insurance policies which cover passenger-style accidents. Insurance carriers and their attorneys work to limit their financial exposure. This puts accident victims at a disadvantage unless they also have an experienced personal injury attorney working to find and preserve evidence that supports their side of the case.
The most common form of semi-truck collision is the side-impact collision. However, for smaller vehicles or motorcycles there are a wide variety of other collisions that can result in serious bodily injury and property damage.
- Rear-end crashes
- Underride collisions
- Hazardous material spills
- Frontal accidents