Your DamagesThe extreme size differential between semis and the cars we drive translates into accidents that no car can win. If you’ve suffered an injury in an interstate truck accident, the breadth of your damages is likely to be immense. There are several important sources to consider:
- Damage to your vehicle
- Medical expenses - The medical expenses associated with a truck accident are often exorbitant and include emergency transportation and care; surgery and aftercare; doctor, specialist, and therapist care; follow-up care; prescription medications; adaptive medical devices; adaptions to your home; home health care; and alternative transportation until you are able to drive again.
- Lost wages - You’ll also suffer the expense of hours lost on the job and the attendant loss of wages. Further, you may experience a diminished earning capacity into the future and may need to alter your career trajectory. The damages associated with your career can be immense and should never be discounted.
- Emotional damages - The emotional upset of being injured in a violent interstate truck accident is difficult to overstate. Many victims suffer from PTSD-like symptoms (or from PTSD itself). Some drivers find that they’re terrified to get back behind the wheel. Some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), also result in negative cognitive and emotional consequences that can prove more difficult to overcome than the physical injuries themselves. Some TBI victims go so far as to explain the emotional component as a lost sense of self.
Truck Accidents: The StatisticsIf it seems like big rigs are multiplying before your eyes, it’s because they are. Trucks serve the important purpose of transporting all those consumer goods that are in such hot demand. As more and more trucks take to our interstates, more and more interstate truck accidents happen. The statistics reflect this uptick in accidents:
- In 2015, 11 percent of all traffic fatalities involved big rigs.
- In 2015, almost 4,000 people nationwide were killed in semi-truck accidents.
- In 2015, 97 percent of the fatalities in truck accidents were occupants of the vehicle that wasn’t the semi.
- From 2009 to 2015, truck accident fatalities rose by 22 percent.
Injuries SustainedIf you’re in an interstate truck accident, you’re likely to suffer any number of serious injuries, but there are several kinds of injuries that closely correlate with these accidents:
- Spinal cord injuries - Spinal cord injuries are injuries anywhere on the spinal cord. Chronic, painful injuries to the spine can cause partial or complete paralysis.
- Broken bones - A broken bone is not only exceedingly painful but is also slow to heal. When broken bones don’t heal properly, they can lead to permanent disabilities.
- Traumatic brain injuries - TBIs are injuries to the brain, and because your brain is your body’s command central, even a mild injury can cause significant damage. TBIs can result in significant with physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional, and psychological damages. As mentioned before, the emotional component can be even more difficult to cope with than the physical injuries.