Common Injuries In Florida Truck Accidents
Truck accidents happen quite a lot in Florida, and unfortunately, most truck accidents result in serious injuries or death. According to the IIHS, this is mainly because of how huge, and heavy trucks are. Trucks also have greater ground clearance, which can lead to smaller vehicles under-riding trucks in accidents. Fortunately, when a truck accident is the result of another party’s negligence, the victim or the victim’s family may be eligible to recover compensation.
Types of Injuries in Florida Truck Accidents
As already mentioned, because of the size of trucks, most truck accidents result in either severe injuries or death. Even with safety features such as airbags and seat belts, serious injuries are still commonly reported after a truck accident. The following are just a few of the injuries that people suffer after a collision with a truck;
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
According to Mayo Clinic, a TBI results from a violent jolt or blow to the head. For example, if a person’s head strikes the window in the event of a truck accident, it could result in a traumatic brain injury. Also, a TBI can result from an object going through the brain tissue.
Unfortunately, a traumatic brain injury can drastically affect a person’s life.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include nausea, loss of consciousness, seizures, dizziness, persistent headache, loss of balance, and blurred vision.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury occurs when the vertebrae suffer damage. One of the main causes of spinal cord injuries in truck accidents is the force of the impact, especially in rear-end collisions.
Unfortunately, a spinal cord injury can result in permanent damage.
Some of the symptoms of a spinal cord injury include loss of sensation, loss of balance, difficulty walking, spasms, loss of movement, and extreme pressure in the neck, head, or back.
Besides spinal cord injuries, other back injuries involving other bones and soft tissue are quite common in truck accidents. Examples of back injuries that occur in truck accidents include herniated discs and bulged discs.
Truck accidents often result in broken bones that are disabling and disfiguring. While broken bones typically heal, most broken bones that occur after a truck accident require casting, surgery or other forms of treatment to heal.
Burns can occur when a truck carrying fuel or another dangerous substance is involved in an accident. Leaks can result in fires or explosions. Also, burn injuries in truck accidents can occur due to friction. For example, if a vehicle occupant is ejected from the vehicle, they could end up with burns if they make contact with the road.
Burn injuries can result in pain. Apart from that, they can also cause psychological trauma, disfigurement, and infection.
When a truck accident causes a victim to come into contact with shattered glass, sharp metal, or other debris, the victim can suffer lacerations. Lacerations can cause severe pain and even disfigurement. They can also put a victim at risk for secondary infections.
Contact Us for Legal Help
If you or a loved one sustained any of these injuries or any other injuries not discussed above in a Florida truck accident, we are here for you. Contact our Key West & Marathon car accident lawyers today at 786-605-8500 to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help.