Any vehicle accident can cause devastating injuries, but accidents involving large trucks tend to be the most damaging and the most likely to cause catastrophic injuries. All drivers need to know the injuries that can occur due to truck accidents and what to do after they occur. An experienced attorney can help an injured driver secure compensation for their injuries, some of which may entail long-term or permanent consequences.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Any traumatic injury to the brain can be devastating, causing long-term complications for the victim and their family. The brain is incredibly complex and sensitive, and it is very difficult to predict the full range of effects a person will experience after sustaining a traumatic brain injury. Two people might sustain very similar traumatic brain injuries and experience very different effects. It is common for people who suffer brain injuries to develop disabilities such as loss of motor functions, language processing problems, and other long-term effects.
Back and Neck Injuries
The spinal cord that runs through the spinal column is one of the most critical structures of the human body. This cord carries neurological signals between the brain and the rest of the body. Any damage to the spinal cord can cause permanent damage, preventing those neurological signals from reaching different parts of the body. Injury higher on the spine toward the neck will typically have more extensive effects than an injury to the lower area of the spine.
Internal Organ Injuries
The human body’s various organs are highly susceptible to physical damage from a truck accident’s impact forces. Some internal injuries may be immediately noticeable and painful, while others do not develop noticeable symptoms for some time. One of the most important steps for any injured driver to take after a truck accident is to seek immediate medical care. This will generate a medical report indicating the victim sought timely treatment following their accident and allow the attending physician to check for any injuries that may not have manifested noticeable symptoms yet.
Broken bones can be incredibly painful, and some bone fractures can cause lasting damage to the soft tissues and nerves in the area surrounding the fracture. These injuries also cause immediate excruciating pain, and the recovery process can be very difficult. For example, a compound fracture to the hand or arm can prevent the victim from working for several months, and some severe fractures may require surgical treatment and can result in permanent damage.
A truck accident can involve twisting metal and plastic as well as broken glass. These hazards are capable of causing very deep cuts and severe bleeding. Some lacerations will result in permanent scarring and may necessitate multiple surgical treatments.
Any vehicle accident can cause severe injuries, but truck accidents are more likely to cause catastrophic injuries that entail lifelong disabilities and medical complications for victims. Examples of catastrophic injuries that might result from a large truck accident include spinal injuries resulting in total paralysis, traumatic brain injuries causing severe cognitive impairment, and internal organ damage that may completely alter the victim’s internal physiology.
Unfortunately, not every truck accident victim survives their experience. When a fatal injury occurs from a truck accident, the victim’s family will have the option of filing a wrongful death claim. This type of civil claim functionally replaces a personal injury claim when the victim does not survive their injuries. California upholds several laws specific to wrongful death claims, including who can file these claims, the damages available, and additional compensation for the surviving loved ones.
Crucial First Steps After a Truck Accident
Any accident involving a large commercial truck has a much higher chance of causing severe or fatal injuries than an accident involving smaller passenger cars. All truck accident victims should know the first crucial steps they must take after an accident to ensure they can recover their losses. A truck accident victim’s priority after such an experience must be their health and well-being. This means seeking immediate medical care so the victim knows the exact extent of their injuries.
If you have experienced a truck accident, your next step after securing the medical treatment you need should be to consult an experienced attorney. At the Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, we understand how devastating a truck accident can be for victims and their families. We can help you explore all your available options for legal recourse after such an incident. Contact us today and schedule a case review with our team to learn more about your legal options after a truck accident.