Accidents can happen at any time and for any reason. Looking away from the road for a single moment can cause a major collision, and another driver’s unsafe maneuver could lead to a pileup. It often seems that some vehicles are riskier on the road than others, though. Semi-trucks, for example, often pose unique risks to other drivers — and these risks can culminate in severe injuries if a crash occurs.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 100,000 people suffer injuries in a given year from collisions involving large trucks. If you are one of these victims experiencing a severe injury such as the following, you should seek medical attention and legal counsel as soon as possible in order to prevent any further detriment to your life.
1. Traumatic brain injuries
Serious crashes, including ones involving 18-wheelers, can cause traumatic brain injuries. TBI occurs when blunt force impacts the head and triggers dysfunction of the brain. A car accident which violently jolts or hits the head can easily cause this, and the consequences can be terrible. Symptoms of TBI include amnesia, difficulty communicating, confusion and inability to concentrate.
2. Back and neck disc
The discs in your back and neck are delicate and susceptible to injury. If they become herniated, it can be extremely painful and seriously dangerous. The impact of an accident can cause this and result in symptoms such as numbness, tingling nerves, pain and weakness. Sometimes there are no symptoms, so it is important to seek medical attention regardless of whether you are in pain.
Some accidents are severe enough to cause broken and fractured bones. Collisions involving 18-wheelers are often severe because of the nature of a truck’s size and weight, so it is not surprising that severe injuries such as broken bones would result from such a crash. People with an injury of this nature should seek treatment immediately so that the bone can heal properly and quickly.