What Injuries Occur Most Often in Truck Accidents?

Accidents involving large trucks take place every day in Virginia. In fact, the Virginia Department of Transportation reports that 2,981 truck accidents took place across the state in 2022. 60 of these collisions involved at least one fatality and 844 resulted in injuries. Due to the considerable difference between the weight and size of a truck and standard passenger vehicle, it isn’t surprising to learn that those inside the passenger cars often sustain worse injuries, such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries, in a crash. If you or a family member have been injured in an accident involving a large truck, contact the experienced Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp to schedule a free consultation as soon as possible. 

Brain and Head Injuries

People injured in truck accidents frequently sustain brain and head injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, concussions, blunt force head trauma, and scalp and facial lacerations. Minor traumatic brain injury can temporarily affect your brain cells. Severe traumatic brain injury can involve bleeding, torn tissue, bruising, and other physical injury to the brain. This damage can cause long-term health complications and even death. Tiny lesions on the brain are often imperceptible in CT scans and X-rays so special imaging tests have to be run in order to detect these injuries. TBI symptoms include persistent headaches, mood and memory issues, and difficulty concentrating or sleeping. Although many head and brain trauma injuries are not immediately apparent, they are extremely serious and require immediate medical attention to mitigate any potential damage if possible. 

Neck and Back Injuries

When a commercial truck crashes into a smaller vehicle, the amount of force generated by the impact can be fatal. Survivors are frequently left with ligament and tendon injuries, muscle sprains and strains, and other serious injuries to the soft tissues of the neck and back.  

Your spine is protected by bony structures called vertebrae. Each vertebra is separated by a rigid disc made of cartilage with a gelatinous substance inside. These discs act as a cushion and allow ease of motion and flexibility. When one or more of these cushions are damaged, they can bulge, leak, or become herniated. This can cause the area between the vertebrae to narrow and nerves to be pinched. The symptoms of this kind of injury are painful and potentially debilitating.

Broken Bones

Although many broken bones can heal on their own, some require medical and even surgical intervention. Severe breaks could result in having screws, pins, and rods placed into your body to hold your bones together. Broken bones are divided into two categories: non-displaced (the bone cracks but does not separate), and displaced (the bone fractures into two separate pieces). 

A compound fracture occurs when a bone pieces flesh and becomes visible. All broken bones carry a risk of infection, internal bleeding, permanent deformity, and nerve damage if they are not promptly treated.  

Spinal Cord Injuries

One of the most serious injuries a truck accident victim can endure is when their spinal cord is actually severed or damaged in some way. Signals sent and received between the brain and the rest of the body are transmitted via the central nervous system, so they travel through the spine. If the spinal cord is injured, the signals are unable to travel past that point. Spinal cord injuries can leave victims totally or partially paralyzed, requiring assistance to bathe, eat, drink, breathe, and even speak.   

Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A truck accident injury can have a profound effect on your ability to conduct your daily life. Many of these injuries are serious and have permanent consequences. The skilled Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp have been litigating large truck accident cases since 1985, including the $2.4 million wrongful death settlement we won for the surviving family of a 38-year-old man who was killed when his car was struck by a truck driver attempting to change lanes. 

If you or a loved one sustained any type of serious injury during a truck accident, you can schedule a free case review with one of our experienced lawyers by calling (833) 997-1774 or filling out our quick online contact form. Our offices are located in Virginia Beach, Hampton, Portsmouth, and Norfolk.