Injuries sustained in an accident with an 18-wheeler are often times extremely severe. They can leave a person unable to work or perform daily activities for periods of time and can also have effects that last a lifetime. In 18-wheeler accidents, 73% of the injuries are suffered by people in the passenger vehicle.
Types of Injuries Sustained In 18-Wheeler Accidents
Some of the most common types of 18-wheeler accident injuries are:
Broken bones are common in 18-wheeler accidents. The sheer size of the 18-wheeler creates a devastating impact that applies a lot of force on the passengers inside the vehicle. Broken bones are painful and often leave workers unable to work for weeks or months at a time.
Soft-tissue injuries are injuries such as tears, cuts, or sprains to soft tissues in the body (ex: muscles, tendons and ligaments). Often, soft-tissue injuries require surgery and months of rehabilitation before reaching full recovery.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are extremely severe. The spinal cord is responsible for sending messages from your brain to the rest of your body. Even slight damage to the spinal cord can be catastrophic. Spinal cord injuries can leave a person with limited mobility or even completely paralyzed.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are another common and sometimes severe type of injury suffered in an 18-wheeler accident. Some brain injuries such as concussions are relatively mild, but many brain injuries temporarily or permanently affect a person’s cognitive ability to the point where they are unable to work or lead a normal life.
If you have suffered an injury in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you should know about your legal rights. If the driver or the owner of the big rig is wholly or partially liable for causing the accident, they could be entitled to pay you damages for the injuries you’ve suffered. Contact the trucking accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin for a free consultation about your legal rights.