If you are involved in an accident with a large truck (a semi, 18-wheeler or another commercial truck), it’s possible that you will suffer serious and even catastrophic injuries.
The difference in the size and weight of passenger vehicles and large trucks is significant. Because of this, those in passenger vehicles often take the bulk of the injuries and damages. Knowing some of the most common injuries that occur in these accidents will let you know what to expect if you are ever in this situation.
Whiplash and spine injuries
One of the most common injuries in truck accidents is whiplash. Symptoms of this include pain and stiffness in your neck and head area.
Unfortunately, truck accidents can cause more severe injuries, too. For example, the impact of the collision may result in serious damage to your spine. It’s important to seek medical care right away for X-rays and other tests to determine the specific injury you suffered.
Soft-tissue damage and broken bones
You may also experience soft tissue damage and broken bones. When soft tissue damage occurs, the pain may not be immediate right away. It can take days or even weeks to appear. If you wait for treatment, the condition may worsen, leading to more issues.
TBIs (traumatic brain injuries)
A TBI is one of the most serious injuries you can experience. It can also take days or weeks to show symptoms, so it is best to get a full evaluation after the accident. When found early, treatment options are often more successful than if you wait.
Protecting your rights after a truck accident
If you are involved in a truck accident, you should get a medical evaluation immediately. The injuries you can sustain are often severe and can have long-term consequences. With medical treatment, you also have the documentation you can use to prove your losses if you file a claim against the at-fault driver.