Being involved in an automobile accident of any kind is an experience we all hope we never have to go through. It can be scary, traumatic, confusing and can change your life forever. But unfortunately, not all of us end up so lucky, and we or someone we know gets involved in an auto wreck with a large vehicle, such as semi-truck or big rig. The injuries as a result of these accidents are oftentimes worse than auto accidents between passenger vehicles.
At The Edwards Law Firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we have truck accident lawyers who can have years of experiencing practicing personal injury law and have dealt with thousands of cases related to truck accident claims. You never expect to pay for medical expenses for being in a truck accident, and we’re here to help you seek justice and, if we determine you have a legitimate legal case, will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
In this blog post, we’ll go over five of the most commonly seen injuries individuals often suffer from as a result of being in a truck accident.
1. Broken Bones
The impact of a truck accident is so intense it can cause humans’ bones to crack or break completely, including body joints and bones such as the spine, arms, wrists, fingers, legs, ankles and feet. Though these breaks can vary in severity, they still require care and attention that was unnecessary in your life before.
In most cases, victims with broken bones will have to wear healing items such as casts, boots or slings for a long period of time, ranging from weeks to several months. They also will have to invest in physical therapy afterward to get their bodies back to their normal functionality. Broken bones add unnecessary stress to your life, and you deserve to be compensated for this stress if the accident wasn’t your fault.
2. Lacerations Or Deep Cuts
There are several instances where lacerations or deep cuts present themselves in the case of a truck accident, and this ultimately leads to scarring of the body tissue.
The sharp, broken glass from your automobile’s window can cause cut-wounds, or the friction of your seat belt pelting against your skin can also result in a cut to your body. Sometimes, these injuries require intensive medical attention like stitches or surgery.
If you find that you or someone you know have cut-wounds or bruising as a result of the truck accident they were involved in, take pictures as evidence for your potential personal injury case.
3. Injuries To The Head
Head injuries can be both internal or external in regards to injuries sustained from being involved in a truck accident. You might have physical bruises or cuts on your head or a skull fracture. You might also have internal injuries ranging from headaches to concussions to traumatic brain injuries.
These injuries occur from the extreme impact of having a large vehicle hit your smaller vehicle. When your head violently shakes from a collision, the resulting injuries can have a long-lasting effect. Victims of head injuries often take about six to 12 months to heal, and in more serious cases, longer than that.
Regardless of the type of head injury you might have, a specialist is normally recommended for care afterward, and those expenses add up greatly over time. There’s where the help of a truck accident lawyer can be especially useful for you to get back to living your normal everyday life.
4. Injuries To The Neck Or Back
Your body’s neck and back can be extremely sensitive to intense impacts that are often the result of a truck accident. Sometimes the neck or back injury you receive can be as serious and painful as a pinched nerve, fractured vertebrae or herniated disc, which usually require injections or surgery for proper medical attention.
But the most common spinal injuries from truck accidents are sprains and strains, which lead to soreness and stiffness in your back and neck. Whether your injury is small or large, they can lead to costly medical bills, which isn’t fair for you to have to pay for if the incident wasn’t your fault.
5. Shoulder And Chest Injuries
Shoulder and chest injuries can also vary in severity, depending on several factors of your truck accident. How reactive was your body to the incident? How hard were you hit? Where were you hit, and did it catch you by surprise? All of these factors will contribute to whether you have bruising on your shoulder and chest, or if you have more serious injuries, such as a fractured clavicle or dislocated shoulder.
Shoulder injuries are often very painful to victims, and they can limit the amount of work you can do at home or at your job. Think about how often you must lift items in your everyday life — if you have limited functionality in your shoulders, you have to find a completely new way to live.
Some common chest injuries include bruised or fractured ribs, as well as muscle strain or internal injuries to your organs in the area.
Schedule A Case Evaluation With Our Truck Accident Lawyers
Being involved in a truck accident isn’t something you should go through alone. Don’t hesitate, and if you believe you are entitled to compensation for the injuries you sustained as a result of a truck accident, schedule a free case evaluation with our truck accident lawyers today.
Our truck accident lawyers have built several lawsuits for Oklahoma accident victims, and for truck accident claims specifically, we’ve recovered more than $18,000,000 for our injured clients. For more information about our personal injury legal services or to schedule an appointment with our law office, please give us a call at (918) 221-0516 or at our toll-free number at (888) 600-9836. Another option you have is to fill out our online form, and we will respond as soon as we can!
If you need help determining or deciphering who’s at fault when involved in a truck accident, check out our recent blog post here.