What Are the Most Common Injuries Sustained from an Accident Involving a Big Rig?

Big rigs, also known as 18 wheelers, rule the road. Because of their size and weight, they can cause catastrophic injuries when they collide with smaller passenger vehicles. At our firm, we are very experienced with the devastating injuries that drivers and passengers can suffer.

Big rigs can collide with passenger sedans in many ways. One common truck accident is the “override.” In this type of crash, a big rig actually rides up onto a smaller vehicle, usually because the truck ran a red light or was tailgating and could not stop in time. Anyone sitting in the back seat of a vehicle during an override can suffer life-altering injuries—if they don’t die in the process.

At our firm, we have seen common injuries that completely overturn a victim’s life. If you have been injured, call a Miami trucking accident lawyer today.

Fractures

You might not think a fracture is a big deal. Don’t you just put a cast on the affected limb and wait for the bone to heal?

But fractures sustained in big rig collisions can be particularly dangerous:

  • The broken bone can slice through an artery, cutting off blood to the affected limb and leading to an amputation.
  • Broken bones can shatter into many pieces and be hard to place back together.
  • Broken bones can press against nerves, causing permanent nerve damage.
  • Broken ribs can spear internal organs and lead to complications, such as life-threatening pneumonia.

In serious truck accidents, victims break bones throughout the body, making recovery that much harder.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Any blow to the head or body can lead to a TBI, which can seriously impair how the brain works. A mild TBI might leave someone with headaches, sleep disturbances, and mood swings for a few months. More severe TBIs can permanently impair a person’s ability to walk, talk, think, and remember. Serious TBIs might render a victim a “vegetable” permanently.

Spinal Cord Injuries

If the spinal cord is pinched, crushed, torn, bruised, or shredded, then a person can lose their movement and sensation below the point of impact. Rehabilitation and surgery can sometimes allow a person to recover some functioning, but if the cord is totally severed, then a person is usually permanently paralyzed.

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Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum is the “go to” firm after a Miami truck accident. One of our attorneys can discuss your case during a free consultation if you call 305-371-2692. Please avoid delay.