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Truck accidents cause catastrophic injuries

Getting into an accident with a large truck is terrifying and the crash can have devastating results.

Truck accidents have a high fatality rate, especially for the individuals in the passenger car. One in ten accidents that occur on the highway are due to large truck accidents. However, when the accident does not result in fatality, catastrophic injuries are especially common.

What makes large truck accidents dangerous?

There are a few reasons why accidents involving large trucks are so deadly. They include:

  • Weight of truck: Semis and other tractor-trailer trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. A normal car weighs between 3- and 4,000 pounds. This alone shows how fatalities are common when large trucks and regular cars get into accidents.
  • Stopping time: It takes large vehicles a lot longer to stop, due to the size and weight of the vehicle, as well as how fast they are going. If a car in front of a large truck slams on their brakes while on the highway, the truck driver may not be able to stop in time.
  • Blind spots: Instead of the two blind spots that typical passenger cars have, large trucks have a blind spot on the left, right, front and back. It is dangerous to drive in the blind spot of a large truck as they may run into a car that the driver cannot see.

Catastrophic injuries due to large truck accidents

Catastrophic injuries are unfortunately common in large truck accidents. These types of injuries are often life-altering and require a lot of money in medical bills as well as therapy, and it can take a lot of time and effort to adjust back to daily life.

  • Spinal cord injuries: A common spinal cord injury resulting from these types of accidents is full or partial paralysis.
  • Traumatic brain injuries: The head and brain are particularly vulnerable in car accidents. If it sustains a hard blow or is penetrated by glass or metal, one could sustain a traumatic brain injury. Often, individuals who undergo a traumatic brain injury will have a loss of cognitive or motor skills.
  • Amputation: Depending on the accident, an arm or leg could be severed or damaged to the point of needing amputation.

Large truck accidents can have devastating results. If you or a friend/ family member are dealing with a catastrophic injury from the negligence of a large truck driver, you may be able to recover compensation.

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