What are common injuries sustained in truck accidents?

A: Truck accidents often result in more severe injuries compared to other motor vehicle accidents due to the size, weight, and force of the impact associated with large commercial trucks. In Alberta, truck accidents can involve various types of vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, delivery trucks, and other heavy commercial vehicles. When a truck collides with a smaller vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist, the consequences can be devastating. The personal injury lawyers at Kantor LLP understand the complexities of truck accident cases and are dedicated to helping victims receive fair compensation for their injuries.

Some common injuries sustained in truck accidents include:

  1. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): A TBI can result from a sudden impact or jolt to the head during a truck accident. Symptoms may range from mild (e.g., concussion) to severe (e.g., coma or permanent cognitive impairment). TBIs can have long-lasting or even lifelong effects on a victim's cognitive, emotional, and physical abilities.

  2. Spinal cord injuries: The force of a truck collision can damage the spinal cord, leading to temporary or permanent paralysis, loss of sensation, or other neurological issues. Spinal cord injuries may require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and assistive devices, significantly impacting a victim's quality of life.

  3. Broken bones and fractures: The impact of a truck accident can cause broken bones and fractures in various parts of the body, such as the arms, legs, ribs, and skull. These injuries may require surgery, immobilization, and lengthy recovery times, potentially resulting in permanent disability or disfigurement.

  4. Internal injuries: A truck accident's force can lead to internal injuries, such as damage to organs, internal bleeding, or ruptured blood vessels. These injuries can be life-threatening and may not present immediate symptoms, making them particularly dangerous.

  5. Whiplash and soft tissue injuries: The sudden acceleration and deceleration of a vehicle in a truck accident can cause whiplash or other soft tissue injuries. These injuries can result in significant pain, stiffness, and limited mobility, often requiring physical therapy and ongoing treatment.

  6. Lacerations and contusions: The impact and debris from a truck accident can cause severe cuts, bruises, and other injuries to the skin and underlying tissues. In some cases, these injuries may lead to scarring or disfigurement.

  7. Emotional and psychological trauma: Survivors of truck accidents may experience emotional and psychological trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges. These issues can have long-lasting effects on a victim's overall well-being and may require ongoing therapy or counseling.

Given the severity of injuries sustained in truck accidents, victims often face significant medical expenses, lost wages, and diminished quality of life. The personal injury lawyers at Kantor LLP are dedicated to helping truck accident victims in Alberta navigate the complex legal process and pursue the compensation they deserve. With their expertise in truck accident cases, they can provide invaluable support and guidance to their clients throughout the claim process.

If you've been in an MVA, contact Kantor LLP, MVA Injury Lawyers, for a free consultation.