Due to their size and weight, trucks are involved in some of the most traumatic crashes in the United States. These collisions killed more than 4,000 people in 2013, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Most of these victims were occupants in passenger vehicles.
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Injuries to the Abdomen
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, accidents are responsible for the majority of hospital admissions for abdominal injuries. The abdomen houses many of the body’s vital organs including the kidneys, spleen, pancreas and liver. Abdominal bleeding is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical intervention.
Truck accidents can cause devastating spinal injuries. There is no such thing as a “minor” spine injury, but some cases are more traumatic than others.
The spinal cord protects the nerves that transmit messages throughout your body. A herniated disc, compression fracture or other injury can inhibit motor function and sensation in the limbs.
Serious crashes can cause permanent paralysis. Some victims require ongoing care and can never return to their active lifestyles. Although no amount of compensation can restore your quality of life, a successful claim may be able to help you avoid overwhelming debt due to medical bills and lost income.
Cuts and Lacerations
Shattered glass and shorn metal can be deadly in an accident. This is particularly common in truck accidents and high-speed collisions.
Glass, metal and projectiles within the vehicle can cause deep cuts and lacerations. These can be life-threatening if they cut an artery or puncture the abdomen or skull.
Amputation of Limbs
Truck wrecks can amputate limbs – especially if the victim ejects from the vehicle. In most cases, limb amputation occurs after the crash when surgeons attempt to save the patient’s life.
Limb amputation can cause lifelong physical, mental and emotional problems. They can ruin a person’s independence and decrease his or her quality of life.
Injuries to the Neck and Head
The neck and head are particularly vulnerable in car crashes – especially to people who do not wear seatbelts. The force of the collision can cause occupants to hit their heads on the windshield, side windows or steering wheel.
Metal, glass or projectiles within the vehicle can penetrate the skull. This requires immediate surgery. Victims who are lucky enough to survive often face physical and neurological complications.
Whiplash, which is the result of abrupt movement of the head forward and backward, is the most common auto accident injury. Although most cases heal without complications, you should visit a doctor immediately if you notice neck pain or headaches at the base of the skull.
If you were injured in a truck wreck, contact Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. A Chicago truck accident attorney can gather evidence, talk to witnesses and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 1-800-985-1819 today to schedule a FREE consultation.