Driving a large vehicle, such as a truck, for a living is very demanding. It is often associated with long hours and requires full attention at all times. Unfortunately, truck drivers aren’t always vigilant of other vehicles while on the road and sometimes fail to practice safe driving. It has been estimated that over 500,000 truck-related accidents occur each year with causes varying. Learn about the common causes of truck accidents and injuries sustained as well as the steps to take if you are a victim of a truck accident. 

Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can occur as a result of negligence, poor vehicle maintenance, mechanical malfunction, defective car parts, and hazards that appear on the road. Fatigue, distracted driving, driving while intoxicated, texting and driving, aggressive driving, speeding, and recklessness all contribute to the injuries and fatalities that happen every year. 

Common Truck Accident Injuries

The size and weight of trucks increase the risk of more severe injuries or even worse when involved in an accident. The type of accident also determines the nature of an individual’s injuries. Jackknifing, rear-end collisions, rollovers, head-on collisions, wide turns, and tire blowouts can be responsible for various types of injuries, some of which include whiplash, back and neck injuries, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and more. 

Whiplash

Whiplash is an injury that occurs when there is a rapid backward then forward movement of the head and neck. It is typically the result of a rear-end accident and is characterized by stiffness, pain, and headaches. 

Back and Neck Injuries

Back and neck injuries may include a herniated or ruptured disc, fracture, or damage to soft tissue. 

Head and Brain Injuries

Truck accidents can result in serious head and brain injuries, including a concussion, contusion, diffuse axonal injury, closed brain injury, and penetrating brain injury. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

An accident involving a truck could lead to injuries of the spinal cord, causing a victim to be paralyzed. The two categories of spinal cord injuries are complete and incomplete. 

Broken Bones

It is not uncommon for a victim involved in a truck accident to suffer from broken bones. Bones that may become fractured include the sternum and ribs, femur clavicle, facial bones, pelvis, collarbone, skull, and more. 

If You Are a Victim of a Truck Accident, Contact Davis Law Group

If you are involved in a truck accident and need legal support, look no further than the knowledgeable team at Davis Law Group. We understand how overwhelming it can be to navigate a truck accident case. Many truck companies have the means to defend their drivers and insurance companies don’t always have your best interests at the forefront, leaving you feeling hopeless and without the compensation and justice you deserve. The attorneys at Davis Law Group are committed to holding those responsible for the accident accountable for their actions. We know the fullest extent of the law and have the experience and resources necessary to help you fight for financial compensation and fairness. To schedule a consultation, contact us by phone or fill out the form available on our website. We are here to represent you through a difficult time and right wrongdoing.

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