Traffic accidents are a leading cause of serious, even fatal accidents and 18 wheeler accidents are among the most damaging of them all. Responsible for hundreds of thousands of injuries and nearly 4,000 fatalities every year in the U.S. alone, 18 wheeler wrecks cause a number of significant injuries to involved parties.
Although any type of injury is possible, below are some common and often life-changing injuries sustained in 18 wheeler crashes that illustrate the severity of such accidents.
Head and Brain Injuries
Head trauma and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are very common in 18 wheeler accidents, often times resulting in serious permanent injuries. From concussions to permanent brain damage, blows to the head and crushing injuries can leave victims suffering from memory loss, cognitive impairment, physical and mental disabilities, loss of motor function, and many other conditions.
Depending on the trauma, many of these conditions may not be reversible, leaving a person affected for life.
Neck and Spine Injuries
Those involved in 18 wheeler crashes may also sustain serious neck and spine injuries from impact-related issues like whiplash or physical damage to the spine. Such trauma can cause damage to the spinal cord, which controls all the nerves in the body. Partial or complete damage to the spine can result in nerve damage that affects motor function or reduces the ability to feel. In the most severe instances, neck and spine injuries can result in paralysis below the point of trauma.
Burns, Disfigurement, and Amputation
In addition to head and spine injuries, 18 wheeler wrecks are responsible for many painful physical injuries that result in permanent disfigurement. Burns are common in these accidents and many people end up so severely injured they must undergo the amputation of an affected limb.
Even though these injuries may not be life threatening, they remain a permanent reminder of the crash and affect victims both physically and emotionally for the rest of their lives.
Physical injuries are not the only injuries suffered in 18 wheeler accidents, with involved people experiencing emotional trauma. Depression and anxiety are common after these events, with some victims suffering from PTSD. Emotional trauma can seriously affect a person’s happiness and quality of life just as physical trauma can affect the ability to lead a normal life.
When considered together, physical and emotional injuries suffered in 18 wheeler crashes can seriously and permanently affect the remainder of a person’s life. It can affect their well-being, their ability to function normally and care for themselves, and their ability to enjoy life.
Whether dealing with a traumatic brain or spine injury resulting in cognitive or motor function impairment, some type of disfigurement, or the emotional aftereffects of a crash, 18 wheeler accidents can be life-altering. Those involved in devastating 18 wheeler wrecks need the help of an experienced attorney to gain a fair settlement to compensate for their injuries.
Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP
Robert W. Hildebrand, Attorney at Law
J. Daniel Wilson, Attorney at Law
7830 Broadway, Suite 122
Pearland TX 77581
Phone: (281) 410-5810