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The most frequent truck accident injuries

In fatal collisions between motor vehicles and large trucks, 97 percent of the fatalities are occupants of the former. The following are just some of the most common truck accident injuries that Ohio residents might suffer if they happen to be motor vehicle occupants involved in a truck crash.

The impact of a truck crash can cause serious spinal cord injuries, which in turn can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis. Victims may be left dealing with extensive medical bills, lifelong medical care and major life adjustments. Head injuries, ranging from small concussions to traumatic brain injuries, are also common. Severe TBIs, in particular, can result in death or mental complications.

Fractures are a frequent truck accident injury. The skull and the arm, leg and hip bones may crack, split or shatter by the force of the impact when victims hit the windshield, airbag or steering wheel. Glass and other flying debris may lacerate or puncture victims, causing excessive blood loss, infection or nerve damage in addition to scarring.

Because of the effect that permanent scars have on a person's appearance, it is not unknown for psychological problems to develop. Other victims may develop post-traumatic stress disorder. The National Institute of Mental Health states that 7 to 8 people out of 100 experience PTSD at some point in their lives.

Victims of tractor-trailer crashes can experience physical, emotional and financial stress. If they were not to blame for the crash, though, they are entitled to compensation. It might be advisable, then, to have a lawyer evaluate the case and determine how much one is eligible for. In this state, plaintiffs are not barred from recovery even if they were partially responsible for the accident. Trucking companies are aggressive in denying claims, but a lawyer may be able to negotiate for a fair settlement.

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