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When Cars and Trucks Collide, Serious Injuries Can Result

All car accidents have the potential to be serious, especially when high speeds are involved. Indeed, there is no doubt that car accidents which involve two passenger cars often result in serious or fatal injuries.

When a large truck is involved, however, the injuries incurred by the occupants of the smaller vehicle are almost always serious. In fact, in a single year in Alabama, more than one-quarter of all truck accidents that occurred result in injuries, and there were more than 150 truck accident-related fatalities (source: Alabama Department of Transportation).

When cars and trucks collide, serious injuries can result. Consider some of the most common truck accident injuries, as well as the various expenses and losses that those involved in a truck accident may face:

Truck Accident Injuries

The types of injuries that a party involved in a truck accident may suffer depends on numerous factors, ranging from whether or not the person was wearing their seatbelt at the time of crash, the safety features of the vehicle in which they were an occupant, the speed at which vehicles were traveling at the time of impact, and the type of collision (i.e. underride, override, jackknife, etc.).

With that in mind, some of the most common, and most serious, truck accident injuries include:

  • Crush and amputation injuries. The force and weight of a large truck can result in a smaller passenger vehicle being crushed, which can have devastating consequences for those within the vehicle. Crushed limb injuries may result, which could result in loss of use of the extremity or the necessity of amputation.
  • Traumatic brain injuries. When the head is hit with force, the skull is punctured, or the head is shaken back and forth rapidly or the neck is snapped back and forth in a whip-like motion, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may result. A TBI can have long-term consequences on a person’s sensation, movement, thinking, language, emotion, memory, and more, sometimes leading to permanent impairment and disability.
  • Spinal cord injuries. There are few injury types more tragic than that of a spinal cord injury, which occurs when harm to the spinal cord occurs, disrupting the body’s ability to send messages between the brain and rest of the body. The consequence of a spinal cord injury is permanent partial or complete paralysis from the site of the injury downward.

In addition to the injury types listed above, a truck accident may also cause bone fracture injuries, soft tissue injuries, internal injuries, and psychological injuries. Depending upon the severity of these injury types, the ramifications may be felt for the remainder of the car accident victim’s life.

Serious Injuries Change the Course of a Life

When a person suffers serious injuries, the magnitude of loss that is suffered is great. To be sure, the victim will not just face pain and medical expenses; they must also deal with emotional anguish, distress, a reduction in quality of life, disability, the inability to do the things they love and enjoy, and the financial consequences associated with medical bills, lost wages, and future care expenses.

Our lawyers believe that those who have been harmed in truck accidents deserve to be compensated for the full extent of their losses, and we will work hard to recoup damages for:

  • The full extent of medical bills suffered, including all future medical expenses such as in-home care, modification to a home or car, hospital stays, future surgeries, and more.
  • The full value of your lost wages, future lost wages, and loss of benefits that you would have earned or been entitled to had you been able to continue working. We consider the value of income and benefits that you would have been able to obtain over the course of your life but for your injury.
  • All of your noneconomic losses, including the value of your pain, suffering, emotional distress, and other intangible harm.

Call Our Alabama Truck Accident Lawyers Today

Being involved in a truck accident can have serious long-term or permanent implications for your life. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck crash, we want you to know that you are not alone. When you call our Mobile truck accident lawyers at the law firm of Burns, Cunningham & Mackey, P.C., we will work hard to prove the fault of the responsible party and help ensure that you receive the full and fair compensation you need and deserve. 

To schedule your free consultation with our law office, please stop by our office in person, call us at 800-574-4332, or send us a message telling us more about your case using the intake form on our website.