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Truck Accidents Can Mean More Than Just Physical Damage

Author : Leonard Simmons

Call it an 18 wheeler, a tractor trailer, or a semi. Whatever name you know it by, the fact is that it is heavy, takes an extremely long distance to stop (compared with a car), and in a collision, no passenger vehicle is a structural match for the mass of a large commercial truck. As a professional truck accident lawyer will tell you, the damage wrought in an accident involving an 18 wheeler, tanker truck or delivery truck goes far beyond the physical destruction of the other vehicles involved. There is a human and a financial toll exacted when truck drivers and trucking companies are negligent and their big rigs cause injuries.

As we said, few other vehicles can stand up to the crushing power of an 18 wheeler out of control. That means there will be serious injuries in any car in the way. The medical bills can be exorbitant and ongoing. It is very common for drivers and passengers in the other vehicle to suffer broken pelvises; spinal damage; neck issues from fractures to a broken neck. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a frequent result of a commercial truck collision with a passenger vehicle. People suffer horrible burns, which leave permanent scars. A face and arms exposed to breaking glass and shards of metal will be disfigured. Loss of limbs and loss of the use of limbs can occur. Paralysis, either paraplegia or quadriplegia can be a lasting result of injuries in a commercial truck accident.

It is a very human toll, with lasting financial impact. The people who suffer these horrific injuries face untold sums of medical bills. They are not able to work while they are recovering, if they are ever able to return to their previous jobs with the permanent disability they have suffered. They may require treatment and therapy for the rest of their lives. Their pain and suffering may be intense, and the law considers that a financial value can be placed on it, which a victim can recover in a lawsuit.

It is important to point out that there is emotional damage in this kind of trauma. A common term for it is "mental anguish", and it is very real. Being injured, seeing others in the car hurt or even killed carries an emotional toll. A truck accident lawyer can convince a jury to assign it a compensation dollar value.

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