Common Injuries from Trucking Accidents
Posted on June 19th, 2014 by Admin
At The Cochran Firm Atlanta, we represent all victims of accidents involving 18 wheelers. There are guidelines that commercial truckers must follow in order to preserve the safety of not only themselves but those driving around them as well. Unfortunately, there are factors that can contribute to truckers causing severe accidents, whether it is reckless driving, not following the safety guidelines or weather conditions. Since 18 wheelers are the largest vehicles on the road, they have the most potential for causing serious injuries and death in an accident.
These are some common types of injuries sustained from these collisions:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries of this type can result in life-altering effects. More mild cases may require extensive surgeries to correct, however other, more severe cases can lead to permanent disabilities such as paralysis. Types of paralysis can include paraplegia (paralyzed from approximately the waist down) or quadriplegia (paralyzed from approximately the shoulders down).
Injuries of this type can result in mild cases such as loss of consciousness, amnesia or disorientation. However, severe cases such as concussions or traumatic brain injury (which can lead to a comatose state) can also result from these types of injuries.
In this severe case, a body part, or parts, is lost in an accident. Medical attention must be obtained right away to ensure not only the body part being salvageable but for the victim’s survival as well. In these cases, permanent disfigurement and disability can often occur, in which case the victim may require months of medical treatment and/or therapy. In some cases where the amputated part cannot be saved, the use of prosthetics may be required.
Emotional pain and suffering can also be a result from an accident of this magnitude. Although these injuries aren’t physical, they can still have life altering effects on its victim. This can affect moods, such as causing anxiety in standard situations and/or psychological injury that can interfere in relationships. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler in Atlanta GA, you should seek medical attention immediately.
If you’ve been hurt in a Truck Accident, you should speak to our trucking accident lawyers immediately. Please call The Cochran Firm Atlanta today at (404) 222-9922 for a free consultation.