Semi-trucks regularly travel through Virginia. If truck accidents occur, people are at a higher risk of certain types of injuries, some of which can be fatal or cause permanent disabilities.
Traumatic brain injuries
Truck accidents aren’t like regular car accidents. Because of the size and weight of a semi, a crash can be much worse and result in catastrophic injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are one of the most common. They can have a profound effect on a victim and are often serious even in mild cases. TBIs require immediate medical attention.
Back and neck injuries
Spinal injuries are common in truck accidents. A person could have a lower back injury or whiplash depending on the impact from the collision. When the spine suffers injuries, it often means that a disk has been damaged, which can result in significant pain. In the worst instances, a person can suffer a break in the spine and be left paralyzed.
Broken bones, especially compound fractures are commonly sustained in semi-truck accidents. It’s common to require extensive surgery for these injuries. Many people end up needing screws and pins put in place to hold the bones together. Sometimes, broken bones can cause internal bleeding and nerve damage if not treated fast enough. However, even if a person receives prompt treatment, the affected area might never fully heal.
Sometimes, a truck might be carrying hazardous, explosive materials as cargo. This could lead to a fire and catastrophic burn injuries after an accident. Even if the truck isn’t holding any combustible substances, a fire might still occur. It’s common for victims to experience second and third-degree burns. Many of these injuries require surgery. Infections can occur in the most serious cases.
Catastrophic injuries and even death are common when truck accidents occur. You have a right to hold the at-fault party liable.