Trucking accidents happen every day in the United States, and they’re among the deadliest of crashes, killing approximately 5,000 people each year. The injuries caused by collisions with 18-wheelers or tractor trailers are often catastrophic, meaning they cause irreversible damage to injured victims and their families. Our attorney specializes in truck accidents and has seen firsthand the heartbreak, grief, and severe injury they cause in Fort Myers, Naples, and surrounding Florida areas.
The most common injuries caused by trucking accidents include:
Traumatic brain injuries leave lasting effects on the mental and physical abilities of truck accident victims. There are two forms: Open head trauma where an object penetrates through the skull, and closed-head injury, both of which can lead to bleeding in the brain, coma, and changes in personality, mood, and cognitive function.
Spinal Cord Injuries & Paralysis
The sheer mass of commercial trucks makes them a danger on Florida roads. Spinal cord injuries cause permanent damage to your quality of life and may result in partial or total paralysis, meaning you or your loved one may face paraplegia or quadriplegia. Damage to the spinal cord, complete or incomplete, comes with devastating consequences and requires lifelong care.
Aside from spinal cord injuries, which are the worst of truck accident injuries, trauma to the back can also cause significant harm and pain. Damage to the soft tissue and bones may lead to impairment and chronic pain, which leaves victims of these collisions with few options for treatment and rehabilitation.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries associated with auto accidents, but neck injuries caused by trucking accidents may involve a broken neck or other damage to the muscles, joints, and ligaments. Neck injuries can leave you with chronic pain as well.
Broken Bones & Fractures
The impact of truck crashes, especially with a smaller vehicle, typically cause broken bones and bone fractures. The arms, legs, and ribs are the most vulnerable, but any part of the body can be injured when a 40-ton truck barrels into your vehicle.
Some trucks carry hazardous materials such as gasoline and other chemicals which can catch fire easily. Burn injuries from trucking accidents often lead to permanent scarring and disfigurement and may make your skin tissue, underlying muscles and bone vulnerable to infection.
These are just some of the common consequences of trucking accidents. All of these injuries come with high medical bills for casts, surgery, physical therapy, home modifications for disability, and so on. Many of these damages come with lasting impairments, pain, and PTSD from the crash. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident or lost a loved one, our personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation for your pain and suffering.
Schedule Your Consultation with a Fort Myers Truck Accident Attorney
Please contact our “Jim for Justice” at The Kelleher Firm in Fort Myers or Naples today at (833) 546-3675. We serve clients in surrounding Southwest Florida areas including Cape Coral.