Because of the sheer size of commercial trucks, a collision can result severe and even catastrophic truck accident injuries.
To make matters worse, trucking insurers will often make low ball settlement offers or deny your claim altogether in attempt to avoid trials or paying out on expensive claims. A San Antonio truck accident lawyer can help you receive compensation for your injuries and fight back against shady insurance company tactics.
Understanding Your Truck Accident Injuries
If a negligent truck driver caused the accident, they should be held accountable for your injuries. But in order to prove your claim, it’s important to understand your truck accident injuries. Below are some of the most common.
Brain and Head Injuries
Damage to the brain and head can often result in life-altering injuries. Severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) lead to a variety of negative effects that can range from personality changes to even death. In addition, though sometimes only mild, concussions can also result in potential long-term disabilities. If you are experiencing signs of headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, or vision problems, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible to avoid future complications.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A truck accident can cause you to suffer damage to the nerves, muscles, or bones in your spinal cord. This could lead to temporary, partial, or complete paralysis of your body. Furthermore, even if your injuries are not permanent, they can cause severe pain and require extensive rehabilitation. In order to diagnose this type of injury, you will need to undergo sophisticated imaging tests such as MRI scans, which can be quite expensive.
Back and Neck Injuries
The jarring force of the moment of impact often takes a toll on the delicate structures of the neck and back. In addition, since these body parts are incredibly complex, damage often leads to debilitating pain, or even paralysis if severe enough.
The crushing force of commercial trucking accidents is enough to completely shatter bones. It is not uncommon for a truck accident victim to experience multiple broken bones at once.
In addition to the crushing force of an accident leading to broken bones, it’s also enough to sever or amputate arms, legs, feet or hands.
Lacerations and Cuts
During an accident, debris such as glass or metal can result in minor cuts or severe injury to your eyes, head, or body. Cuts can also lead beyond cosmetic damage, such as scars, to more serious injuries if they become infected.
Internal injuries can include damage to the kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver, pancreas, and other vital organs. These injuries are often hard to treat and lead to life-altering physical limitations.
Airbag and Seatbelt Injuries
While airbags and seatbelts are important life-saving tools, they can also be the source of injury during an accident. For instance, airbags hold enough force to completely strip the skin off a person’s hands. In addition, it can also cause blunt force trauma to the head. Seatbelts confine the abdomen and chest and can lead to whiplash. Injuries of this nature can contribute to damage to the neck, chest, or back.
As stated above, commercial trucking accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries — including death. In fact, trucking accidents are 10 times more likely to end in death than normal crashes. “Wrongful death” is when a victim in an accident does not survive the crash. The victim’s family can file a wrongful death claim on their behalf.
Get Compensation for Your Truck Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one is suffering from truck accident injuries, call Brylak Law. An experienced San Antonio truck accident lawyer can help you build a solid case, negotiate with the insurance company, and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.