Almost every day, trucking collisions occur in Seattle and the surrounding areas. These collisions can have devastating consequences, as we have observed over the years at Cunnane Law.
The occupants of passenger cars generally sustain the most severe injuries in collisions because tractor-trailers are larger and heavier than normal passenger cars. The following are a few of the more typical injuries caused by truck accidents.
Injuries to the Back and Neck
The victims of trucking accidents frequently sustain strained muscles, tendon damage, and ligament injuries. Vertebrae, which are bony structures, protect the spine. Discs, the cushions of rigid cartilage filled with a gel-like substance, are located between each vertebra. These discs provide flexibility and ease of motion by acting as a shock absorber between the spinal column’s bones. However, when a disc is injured, it may leak, swell, or even completely herniate, causing it to collapse. Nerve bundles are compressed as the space between the vertebrae gets smaller, resulting in debilitating symptoms.
Injuries to the Head and Brain
Head and brain injuries are among the most prevalent injuries caused by large truck collisions. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as blunt head trauma, concussions, and scalp or facial lacerations, are common. TBI symptoms might include headaches, memory and mood disorders, and difficulty sleeping or focusing. While they are not visible to the naked eye, head trauma injuries are serious and can have a devastating impact on a person’s life.
One of the most serious injuries a person may sustain is a spinal cord injury. It happens when the spinal cord is injured or severed in some way. These injuries can cause whole or partial paralysis above and below the location of spinal cord injury. Essentially, all messages must be transferred from the brain to the rest of the body via the central nervous system, which means they pass through the spinal column. As a result, spinal cord damage is comparable to a kink in a hose. It blocks communication after that point. Some of these injuries leave patients unable to walk, while others might become quadriplegic, a condition resulting in the loss of all extremities.
Broken glass, jagged metal, vehicle frames, hard plastic interiors and dashboards, can all result in serious lacerations and puncture wounds. Many people who survive truck accidents have severe pain for a very long time as well as irreversible body scarring. Due to their visibility and the fact that the head and face are the most exposed, facial lacerations are often the most severe.
When a person has died in a trucking accident, the family can seek restitution by filing a wrongful death claim. This can assist the victim’s family in obtaining funds for burial expenses, medical bills, loss of financial support and income, as well as the pain and emotional anguish that comes with the loss of a loved one. These cases, however, are complex and frequently include multiple court proceedings.
Get Help from a Washington Truck Accident Attorney Today
When you contact Cunnane Law, WA, we will begin an investigation into the truck accident immediately. Insurance companies and trucking companies move quickly and often conceal evidence. You need a team of experienced investigators on the scene as quickly as possible. Our law firm can determine what caused your trucking accident and who should be held accountable.
Contact us today for a free consultation with a truck accident attorney at Cunnane Law, WA. There is no risk or obligation involved in making the call.
Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.