Common Injuries from New Jersey Truck Accidents
Posted on behalf of Lynch Law Firm on Jun 16, 2017 in Truck Accidents News
Commercial truck accidents most often result in debilitating or deadly injuries simply because of the size and weight of these vehicles. Smaller passenger vehicles lack the protections necessary to protect passengers.
If you have suffered any of the injuries detailed below, or others that are not included here, do not hesitate to contact our New Jersey truck accident attorneys to learn more about your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation to help cover the costs associated with your injuries.
Head injuries are common in truck accidents and can result from sudden impact, shaking or jarring of the head. This can include an object striking or piercing the skull or the brain colliding with the skull.
Two of the most common brain injuries truck accident victims experience include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – This type of head injury occurs when the brain is damaged by a violent blow or jolt to the head. It can cause wide-ranging negative effects, from personality changes to possible death. TBIs are typically life-altering, and victims may never fully recover.
- Concussion – This type of traumatic brain injury can occur as a result of a blow to the head and can lead to temporary unconsciousness, confusion and incapacity.
These types of injuries can range from mild to severe and can have devastating side effects. Some common symptoms of head injuries include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pupil dilation
- Foul taste in mouth
- Lasting headache
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Balance problems
When a small vehicle is struck by the high impact of a truck accident, serious injuries to the neck can occur as a result of the body and head being jolted in different directions.
This can include injuries to the:
Because the neck is an intricate compilation of all of these things, neck injuries can be complex and have serious consequences.
Whiplash is a common soft-tissue injury to the neck that often occur in car accidents, especially those involving a rear-end collision.
In an accident, the head and neck are often whipped forward and then snapped to a stop, potentially causing severe injuries to the soft tissues in the neck. Some common whiplash symptoms such include:
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Neck pain
- Stiffness in the shoulders and neck
- Shoulder pain
Back injuries can also be severe and result in long-lasting side effects. It is difficult for many to recover fully from back injuries sustained in a truck accident, and chronic pain or future medical complications may result.
Common back injuries from truck accidents include:
- Herniated disc – Where the soft cushion material between spinal disks pushes through its tough outer exterior, compressing nerves and causing pain
- Paralysis – When an individual loses the ability to move, or sometimes feel anything, in parts of the body, including quadriplegia (paralysis of all limbs) and paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower body)
- Spinal cord injury – Damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal can affect your strength, sensation and other bodily functions
- Compression fractures – Where the bones of the spine are broken as a result of trauma
- Back strains or sprains – Caused by damage to the muscles and ligaments in the back
Blunt force trauma in truck accidents often causes broken bones. Fractures may require casting or surgery to correct. They can happen to any bone in the body, including:
- Hands and wrists
- Skull and facial bones
Wrist injuries are common in truck accidents because it is natural to throw your hands in front of you to protect yourself from the impact of a collision. These types of injuries range from mild to severe and may require surgical care and ongoing rehabilitation to correct.
Common wrist injuries from truck accidents include:
- Wrist fractures
- Scaphoid fractures
The force of a truck accident may cause internal damage to organs, which will require immediate medical care to treat. Internal organs that may be affected include:
When vehicles collide, fuel tanks may rupture, causing a fire or explosion. Commercial trucks have far larger fuel tanks than passenger vehicles, so the potential for a massive fuel-fed fire is common in truck accidents.
When exposed to such an accident fire, victims can sustain severe burns that can lead to permanent scarring, or even death.
Work with a New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyer for the Compensation You Deserve
Our experienced personal injury attorneys in New Jersey are knowledgeable regarding the laws governing commercial truck companies. We will conduct the necessary investigations to determine who is liable for your injuries and pursue them for the maximized compensation you deserve.
It is always free to consult with our legal team initially, and you are under no obligation to pursue legal action. If you choose to do so, we work on contingency only, meaning we do not charge legal fees unless we recover compensation for your truck accident injuries.
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