It doesn’t get much worse than an accident with a big rig. These beasts dominate California’s highways and barrel down our city roads carrying chemicals, raw materials, food, products, packages, and more.
While we’re grateful for their work, big trucks cause catastrophic accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that there are more than 100,000 trucking accident injuries every year, plus 5,000 fatalities.
So when it comes to truck accident claims, everything is big. There are big vehicles, major injuries, expensive damages, and a huge amount of pain and suffering.
Common Injuries in Big Truck Accidents
Among the most common truck accident injuries are back and neck injuries, including everything from minor whiplash to completely disabling back injuries. It can take months or even years for someone to recover and they might never regain full-body movement.
Back and neck injuries often involve complicated medical procedures with the insertion of hardware like pins, needles, screws, and plates. Victims’ bodies are quite literally screwed back together to support the healing process.
In truck accidents, we also see a high number of brain and spine injuries that lead to physical disabilities, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and/or mental disabilities. Victims may experience severe pain and suffering for a long period, causing psychological trauma that requires professional mental health treatment.
Burn injuries are also surprisingly common in trucking accidents. A semi-truck might be hauling hazardous or flammable materials that spill out onto the roadway and splash onto helpless victims, causing severe skin damage, chemical burns, and inhalation damage. These injuries can be so widespread and painful, the victim is barely clinging to life at the accident scene.
The loss of limbs is also more common in big truck accidents than most other types of accidents. The enormous crushing force of a big rig can shear off someone’s leg or arm in an instant. Although it happens fast, the effects are long-lasting for a victim who now has to learn to live without one of their limbs.
What to Do After a Trucker Severely Injures You
The aftermath of a truck accident can be so overwhelming, it’s hard to know what to do next. Here’s a list of your top priorities after a truck crash:
- Assess yourself for injuries and call 911 to get emergency medical assistance immediately. Follow your doctors’ orders.
- Preserve any evidence you can, get witness contact info, and take photos of the scene – or if you’re too injured, ask for help doing so.
- Work with the police to get a police report and locate any video evidence of your accident, like highway camera footage and surveillance videos from nearby businesses.
- DON’T talk to the insurance company, give recorded statements, provide your social security number, or post about your accident on social media.
- Hire an experienced California truck accident attorney right away!
Truck accidents are devastating and victims are often ambushed by pushy trucking insurance companies who want them to settle fast with a lowball offer. Not so fast! Your injuries, damages, and suffering hold tremendous worth.
You need to maximize your case value to get your bills paid and cope with all you’ve lost. That’s why the team at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers offers a free consultation about truck accidents. We’re here to support you as you recover and move forward with your life.
We Handle Your Accident Claim so You Can Focus on Your Life
After an accident, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We handle many types of personal injury claims, including semi-truck accidents. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering from your accident while we handle the legal details.
We truly care about the people of California. Contact us today for a free online case evaluation.
Truck accidents and catastrophic injuries. It probably goes without saying that accidents involving semi-trucks and tractor trailers often result in much more serious injuries than a car accident. And more often than not, we’re talking about catastrophic injuries and sometimes even death. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that over 100, 000 trucking accidents every year result in injury and almost 5,000 of those are fatal. So we’re talking big vehicles, big injuries, a lot of damages, a lot of pain and a lot of suffering.
The most common injuries that we see in these types of accidents are back and neck injuries, severely broken bones that require pretty invasive surgery to repair. Oftentimes, this involves the insertion of hardware such as pins, needles, screws, plates, anything to help keep the bones together as they heal and promote the healing process.
Also, we see a lot of brain and spine injuries, which as you can imagine, lead to a lot of permanent injuries, permanent disabilities, severe pain and suffering in the past and in the future. Depending on the type of cargo that the truck is transporting, if it’s a hazardous or flammable material, sometimes we see a lot of burn injuries which again, very permanent and very painful. And then also we do see loss of limbs depending on how the accident happened. A lot of times people are left paralyzed and again, as I mentioned, sometimes they do even result in death.