Mostly because of an ever-rising number of large trucks on the roads, the number of semi-truck accidents increased 47 percent between 2009 and 2019. Since then, supply chain problems have accelerated many large truck shipments. Making matters worse, since COVID-19 came ashore in late 2019, federal regulators have watered down many consumer safety rules in this area.
The result is basically a perfect storm for large truck accidents. As outlined below, these accidents usually cause catastrophic injuries. If the truck driver was negligent, a Lexington personal injury lawyer can usually hold the shipping or transportation company that owned the truck financially responsible for damages. These damages usually include compensation for economic loss, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages are available as well, in some extreme cases.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A fully-loaded large truck weighs over 80,000 pounds. Furthermore, especially in light of the changes mentioned above, regulators routinely issue waivers that allow trucks to be even bigger and heavier. No restraint system, however advanced, can possibly absorb all the force in a truck collision.
As a result, these victims usually hit their heads on dashboards, steering wheels, and other solid objects.
Sometimes, the motion of a truck crash could cause a head injury. This sudden.violent motion causes the brain to slam against the insides of the skulls. These internal head injuries are difficult to diagnose and treat.
In addition to cargo, most trucks carry hundreds of gallons of highly-flammable diesel fuel. Diesel burns at a different temperature from gasoline. As a result, truck crash victims usually sustain third or fourth-degree burns. Third-degree burns destroy the inner skin layers. Fourth-degree burns destroy bones. Both kinds of injuries usually require extensive, costly treatments at speciality burn centers.
This treatment usually includes skin grafts and other aggressive treatments which are extremely painful. Furthermore, even after doctors finish, the physical and emotional scars usually remain forever.
Accidental fall broken bones often are not terribly serious. Injury-related broken bones are much more severe. That’s especially true in many truck crash cases. Frequently, these victims are pinned under trucks until emergency responders can free them. The weight of the truck often essentially crushes their bones.
Extreme injuries require extreme treatment. Doctors must use metal parts, like rods, pins, and screws, to reconstruct shattered bones. So, physical therapy is very painful. Therapists must push victims harder than they would otherwise. Furthermore, physical therapy is longer in these cases. Patients can’t begin PT as soon, due to their injuries. So, everything is dragged out.
Like the other injuries on this list, broken bones normally cause permanent injuries. Most victims experience some loss of motion in their shoulders, knees, and other joints. As a result, everyday activities, like lifting grandchildren, become virtually impossible.
The aforementioned motion not only causes the brain to slam against the skull. It also causes internal organs to smash against each other. Internal organs have no protective skin layer. So, this action usually causes them to bleed very badly. Many victims lose about a fifth of their blood, mostly because of internal bleeding, before they reach a hospital.
Arrival at a hospital does not automatically bring salvation. Internal bleeding is very difficult to detect and stop.
Severe injuries almost always cause post-traumatic stress. The symptoms include depression, anger, flashbacks, and other things which make it difficult or impossible to function in everyday situations.
If these symptoms don’t improve after a few days, the victim most likely has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post-traumatic stress is basically situational depression. PTSD is a physical head injury.
In recognition of this fact, the Canadian Armed Forces recently replaced the PTSD label with Operational Stress Injury. OSI victims are eligible for the Sacrifice Medal, which is the Canadian equivalent of a Purple Heart.
Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. Lawyers can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money. #goodelawyers