There are good reasons for drivers to be wary around large commercial trucks on the road. When these collide with passenger vehicles, the passengers die in 97 percent of all fatal crashes. Should they survive, they can be left with serious physical and mental conditions. Below are just a few of the most common.
Broken bones can occur when the impact of the crash sends the body into the window, steering wheel or air bag. The legs, arms, hip and skull are most often affected, and victims may have to undergo multiple surgeries if the bones are completely shattered. The vertebrae of the spinal cord could also be compressed, fractured or dislodged. The nerves could be damaged and cause temporary or permanent paralysis.
Victims may incur head injuries, concussions and traumatic brain injuries. TBIs can make accident survivors subject to misdiagnosis because their symptoms tend to appear late.
Psychological problems are rife as well. Even the scars that develop in the wake of cuts and lacerations may give rise to emotional trauma. If survivors begin to have nightmares of the crash or suffer from a continual, unexplained anxiety, they may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
To be compensated for truck accident injuries, vehicle damage, lost wages and other losses, victims may have a lawyer determine if they have grounds for a claim. Since the trucking company could be aggressive in denying claims, it's important to gather solid proof of the truck driver's negligence and the victim's injuries. These steps may be handled by the lawyer's network of professionals. The lawyer might then negotiate for a settlement out of court, litigating as a last resort.