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Common injuries from accidents with semi trucks

Any type of motor vehicle crash comes with a high risk of injury and fatality, but even more so when you get into an accident with a semi truck. Its size and power make injuries not only more likely but also more severe.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports a 62 percent increase in large-truck crashes leading to injuries from 2009 to 2015. The high risk means you should be aware of common injuries to watch for following an accident with a tractor trailer.

Traumatic brain injuries

The force of the impact with a semi can cause powerful whiplash or hits to the head. This results in traumatic brain injuries that can lead to lifelong disability. Even if you do not see any head damage, you may still have a concussion or internal bleeding. Always seek medical attention immediately after an accident because waiting negatively affects your recovery.

Internal damage

You may suffer other types of damage to internal areas, such as:

  • Organs
  • Muscles and tendons
  • Veins and arteries
  • Spinal cord and nerves

    Watch for symptoms of new or unusual pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. It can be helpful to your health care provider to keep a log of where and when you feel these sensations.

    Broken bones

    There is a high risk of broken bones, especially the clavicle (collar bone). The type of break will determine how it will heal. For example, a simple fracture will probably heal quickly and normally. If your bone shatters into many pieces, it will require rods, screws, plates or pins to hold the pieces in place during healing or for the rest of your life. Broken bones can also lead to infections, permanent disability or even limb loss.

    Mental and emotional disorders

    You may experience mental or emotional suffering, such as PTSD, depression or anxiety. This can happen from the accident, its consequences or both. No matter the type of damage you receive, speak to a personal injury lawyer to discuss how you can obtain financial compensation for your injuries.

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