Truck accidents can produce devastating injuries due to the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles. These injuries often require extensive medical treatment and long-term rehabilitation. Understanding the common injuries that can occur can help raise awareness and promote safer road practices in Tennessee.
Whiplash and neck injuries
Whiplash is an especially common injury in rear-end collisions. The forceful impact can cause the neck to jerk suddenly, resulting in soft tissue damage, muscle strain and pain. Neck injuries can lead to long-term discomfort and restrict the sufferer’s mobility.
Spinal cord injuries
The force of a truck collision can cause spinal cord injuries, ranging from herniated discs to fractures. Severe spinal injuries can lead to paralysis or permanent disability, dramatically affecting an individual’s quality of life.
Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries, are a significant concern in truck accidents. Even with proper safety measures, the impact force can lead to head trauma, resulting in cognitive impairments, memory loss and other long-term complications.
Bone fractures can occur in truck accidents, particularly in the limbs and ribs. Fractures can vary in severity, from simple breaks to complex, multiple fractures requiring surgical intervention and extensive rehabilitation.
Internal injuries, such as damage to organs like the liver, spleen or kidneys, can severely affect victims’ well-being. Internal bleeding and injuries often require immediate medical attention and surgical intervention to avoid potentially life-threatening complications.
Burns and lacerations
Collisions involving trucks can lead to fires or hazardous materials spills, resulting in burns and lacerations. These injuries can range from minor burns to severe third-degree burns, requiring specialized medical care and skin grafts.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Truck accidents can be scary incidents with profound psychological fallout, leading to post-traumatic stress disorder for participants. The accident’s emotional trauma can result in anxiety, nightmares and other debilitating psychological symptoms.
Soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue injuries, such as strains, sprains and bruising, are common in truck accidents due to the abrupt deceleration and impact forces involved. While these injuries may not always be immediately apparent, they can cause lingering pain and discomfort far beyond the incident.
Cuts and abrasions
Broken glass, debris and sharp objects in the vehicle can cause cuts and abrasions during a truck accident. These injuries may seem minor, but they can lead to infections if the wounds do not receive prompt treatment.