When it’s a battle between an 18-wheeler and a standard vehicle, the 18-wheeler usually wins. Typical cars and trucks don’t stand a chance against the size and wieght of a tractor-trailer and unfortunately—neither do the occupants. Walking away from an 18-wheeler crash without any injuries is hardly ever heard of, and some are more common than others.
Common 18 Wheeler Accident Injuries:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
One of the most common ailments suffered from a collision with an 18-wheeler is a traumatic brain injury. This problem occurs when a blow to the head causes the brain to move inside the skull or damages the skull. The results can be catastrophic—potentially causing physical disabilities, behavioral changes, or even comas.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries occur when a person experiences a sudden impact to that area. The trauma can cause damage to this vital, and sensitive, place on the body, resulting in paralysis and other devastating injuries.
Disfigurement and Burns
Shattering glass, blunt force trauma, and gasoline can cause victims of 18-wheeler crashes to experience disfigurement or severe burns. When a tractor-trailer crashes into a vehicle, many objects come rushing towards the occupants, which can cause serious problems when they make contact. Additionally, if a gas tank experiences a leak because of the impact, it can touch a hot surface and cause a fire—possibly burning those inside the vehicle.
No one ever imagines he or she will become the victim of an 18-wheeler accident, but unfortunately, it can happen and result in debilitating injuries. The treatment for these ailments is extremely expensive, and the costs could become the victim’s responsibility—which isn’t fair.
The Hart Law Firm doesn’t think victims of trucking accidents should have to pay for other drivers' mistakes. Contact our office to schedule an appointment and find out how we may be able to help get you the compensation you deserve.
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