Top 5 Most Common Truck Accident Injuries & How to Get Compensated

We all know truck accidents can happen—but we never think we’ll be the ones involved in one. These vehicles weigh tens of thousands of pounds, so even a “minor accident” can cause life-threatening injuries.

But not all truck accident injuries are created equal. Some are far more common than others, and knowing what to watch out for can make all the difference in getting the treatment and compensation you deserve.

So, let’s take a closer look at the top five most frequent injuries people sustain in truck accidents:

#1 Head and Brain Injuries

Head and brain injuries are among the most catastrophic consequences of truck accidents. The immense force of these collisions can cause the head to violently strike objects or experience sudden, severe motions, leading to concussions, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

These injuries can result in cognitive impairments, memory loss, personality changes, and even comas or death.

Some people may require lifelong medical care, rehabilitation, and support. The financial and emotional burden on victims and their families can be immense, making it crucial to seek experienced legal representation to secure the compensation needed for ongoing care and lost income.

#2 Neck and Back Injuries

The neck and back are particularly susceptible to injury in truck crashes. Whiplash, caused by the rapid back-and-forth motion of the head, is a common injury that can lead to chronic pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. Herniated discs and spinal cord damage are also frequent outcomes, causing numbness, weakness, and even paralysis.

These injuries can drastically alter a person’s quality of life, ability to work, and enjoy daily activities. Victims may require extensive medical treatment, physical therapy, and assistive devices, which can result in significant financial strain. An experienced truck accident attorney can help victims recover the compensation they need to cover these costs and secure their future.

#3 Broken Bones and Fractures

The sheer force of a truck accident can easily shatter bones, causing painful fractures in the arms, legs, ribs, and other parts of the body. These injuries often require immediate medical attention, surgery, and lengthy rehabilitation.

Recovery can be difficult, and some people may face permanent disabilities, disfigurement, or chronic pain.

The financial impact of these injuries can be substantial, including medical bills, lost wages, and potential long-term care needs. A skilled personal injury lawyer can help victims navigate the complex legal process and fight for the compensation they deserve.

#4 Internal Injuries

The powerful impact of a truck crash can cause internal organs to rupture, bleed, or become damaged. These “invisible” injuries are particularly dangerous, as they may not be immediately apparent but can quickly become life-threatening.

Common internal injuries include:

  • punctured lungs
  • ruptured spleens
  • liver lacerations,
  • and internal bleeding

Prompt medical attention is crucial for survival and recovery, but even with timely treatment, some may face long-term health complications and significant medical expenses. An experienced truck accident attorney can help victims secure the resources they need to cover these costs and protect their future.

#5 Psychological Trauma

The emotional toll of a truck accident can be just as severe as physical injuries, and many people are unaware that they can be compensated for this under “pain and suffering” damages (also called “non-economic damages”).

Survivors often experience:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • An overwhelming fear of driving
  • Other psychological wounds that can manifest as nightmares and flashbacks

These emotional injuries can profoundly impact a person’s relationships, work performance, and overall quality of life. Professional mental health support is essential for coping with these challenges, and a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help victims recover the compensation needed to access this critical care and support.

By pursuing pain and suffering damages, victims can ensure that their emotional well-being is prioritized alongside their physical recovery.

How Can Victims Get Compensated for Truck Accident Injuries?

Even with insurance settlements, substantial out-of-pocket medical and life expenses often arise later, necessitating a withdrawal of savings intended for education, retirement, or inheritance.

However, legal options exist to secure damages from negligent parties. Our truck accident attorneys thoroughly investigate crashes, building strong liability claims to hold the at-fault drivers and trucking companies fully accountable.

Personal injury settlements or court verdicts provide funds to cover:

  • Medical bills from initial hospitalization through lifelong care.
  • Prescription medications and assistive devices like wheelchairs.
  • In-home nursing assistance and handicap-accessible housing
  • Lost past and future income.
  • Pain and suffering, wrongful death, and loss of life enjoyment.

Our accomplished truck accident lawyers at Hess Injury Law guide our clients through the legal process, maximizing compensation for losses suffered. Though money can never take away catastrophic injuries, it helps survivors and loved ones manage the difficult road ahead.

Have Our Truck Accident Lawyers Review Your Case

If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, contact the Oregon and Washington truck accident attorneys at Hess Injury Law for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.

Our accomplished legal team can help you and your family pursue maximum financial damages. Though money cannot undo the harm done, we can help restore some sense of justice.

Disclaimer: The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional legal counsel.

Author Bio

Peter J. Hess grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. He is a 1996 graduate of Walla Walla High School and a 2000 graduate of the University of Washington, with a B.A. in Business Administration/Information Systems.

Peter graduated from Willamette University College of Law, with honors, in 2007. While at Willamette, he was an Associate Editor of the Willamette Law Review, he was a Teacher’s Assistant for a Legal Research and Writing professor, and he worked as a Personal Injury Law Clerk at Swanson, Lathen, Alexander & McCann in Salem, Oregon. After graduation from Willamette, Peter began working here at Hess Injury Law. In 2012, he became a partner in the firm. He is licensed to practice law in both Washington and Oregon.

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