In 2009, 60,000 truck accidents caused injury, and over 3,000 more caused fatalities, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Due to the size and mass of a large truck, the injuries that victims sustain can be serious, catastrophic or fatal.
Common Types of Truck Accident Injuries
A commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. This makes them difficult to maneuver, and they require more time to brake than passenger vehicles. A semi easily can crush and destroy a small passenger car and cause incredible damage upon collision.
Some common injuries victims sustain include:
- fractures and crushed bones;
- traumatic brain injuries;
- internal organ damage and internal bleeding;
- loss of limb;
- back injuries (broken vertebrae and herniated discs); and
- spinal cord injuries.
Complications Arising From Truck Accident Injuries
Many serious truck accident injuries put a complete halt to victims’ lives. Not only do they require a lengthy healing period, but they also could lead to future health complications and cause indefinite incapacity. Some of these injuries cause long-term or life-long disability, and victims are never able to return to their pre-accident condition.
For instance, those who suffer disfigurement or amputation face a long road of not only physical healing, but also emotional healing. In addition to mental disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder, an increased risk of infection and lasting chronic pain is not uncommon. Some injuries, such as broken or herniated vertebrae or burn injuries, may require a series of future surgeries.
In the case of spinal cord injuries, victims may become permanently paralyzed, completely altering the course of their lives and the lives of their family members. Because these injuries are often catastrophic in nature, complications of all sorts quite commonly arise for truck accident victims.
Seeking Maximum Compensation for Damages
When the truck driver was to blame for the accident, the victim may be able to hold the trucking company liable for the damages. The compensable damages a victim sustains in a truck accident aren’t limited to medical bills. Victims also have a right to collect restitution for:
- health complications that arise from the injury;
- loss of income and disability;
- mental anguish;
- pain and suffering;
- disfigurement and dismemberment;
- adverse effects on relationships; and
- decreased enjoyment of life.
If the victims are fatally injured, their families can seek restitution via a wrongful death claim.
To seek maximum compensation, it’s important to get an accurate calculation of the damages, collect as much evidence as possible and build a case strong enough to battle the trucking company’s lawyers. Seek an accident attorney to help you accomplish this.
Using a Truck Accident Attorney to Obtain an Ample Settlement
D.J. Banovitz has helped numerous victims in Denver obtain the compensation they deserve after suffering at the hands of a negligent truck driver. Contact our firm and let us see if we can assist you. Call today to schedule a free consultation – (303) 300-5060.