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Common Injuries in Truck Accidents in Illinois

 Posted on March 14,2024 in Uncategorized

Lake Zurich truck accident lawyerOne of the most intimidating situations when driving is having a tractor-trailer pull up alongside you or behind you. The size and weight of these massive vehicles can create a dangerous situation if there is any kind of negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company. This is evident by the number of truck accidents that occur each year. According to statistics from the National Safety Council (NSC), there are now almost 6,000 deaths in truck accidents each year, and more than 150,000 people suffer serious injuries. The following are some of the most common injuries our law firm sees in the truck accident cases we handle. If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck accident, it is important to speak with an Illinois truck accident lawyer to determine your legal options.

Brain and Head Injuries

Injuries to the brain are one of the most prevalent injuries sustained in truck accidents. Common head injuries can range from concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These injuries often occur because the head strikes an object inside the vehicle during the crash impact. The injury can also occur because of rapid acceleration and deceleration forces.

Even a minor head injury, like a concussion, can cause significant health issues, including memory problems, cognitive issues, and mood changes. A severe brain injury can result in permanent disability or death.

Back Injuries

Another common truck accident injury is the back, which can be injured due to the immense force of crash impact. Injuries can include sprains, herniated discs, and spinal fractures. Many injured individuals end up with debilitating pain, reduced mobility, and other long-term issues. Injuries to the spine often result in paralysis.

Internal Injuries

Injuries to internal organs are not only dangerous because of the injury itself but also because the symptoms are often “silent” ones, and the individual may not even be aware he or she has an injury until they become dangerously ill. Many people in truck accidents suffer internal bleeding, chest injuries, or organ damage. Not only can the crash itself cause the injuries, but two of the items designed to keep vehicle occupants safe – airbags and seat belts – are often the reason for these injuries.

Fractured and Broken Bones

The impact of a tractor-trailer slamming into a passenger vehicle causes much more force and pressure than the skeletal structure can sustain. Severe fractures and breaks to the arms, legs, pelvis, and ribs are common injuries and often result in long-term recovery that can include multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. Many people are left with chronic pain or permanent disabilities from these injuries.

Neck Injuries

Neck injuries, especially whiplash, are often a result of truck crashes. Whiplash happens when the head is suddenly and forcefully jerked back and forth, similar to the cracking of a whip. This movement causes the ligaments and muscles in the neck to strain. While some people think of whiplash as a minor injury, it can actually be quite serious, leading to chronic pain and stiffness, headaches, and cognitive issues.

Contact Our Lake Zurich, IL Truck Accident Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation

The physical and financial losses suffered by truck accident survivors can be devastating. High medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more can cause both emotional and financial hardships. If you have been injured in a crash, reach out to Salvi Law, Inc. to find out what legal recourse you may have from the party or parties responsible for the crash. Call 847-721-2499 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Lake County, IL truck accident attorneys and find out how we can help.

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