Truck Accidents Can Cause Devastating Injuries, Deaths

March 1st, 2016

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Trucks barrel down Alabama highways at all hours of the day and night, carrying loads that can weigh many tons. In fact, some trucks weigh as much as 40 times more than cars. When trucks and cars collide, what may slightly dent a tractor trailer may severely damage a car. As a result, injuries incurred in accidents involving tractor trailers and large trucks are generally much more severe than those caused by other accidents.

The statistics are alarming: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that in 2014, a total of 3,660 people died in accidents involving large trucks. The IIHS also notes that trucks require an estimated 20-40 percent more braking distance during ideal road conditions, and even more on wet or icy roadways. Although drivers are limited to 11 hours driving at a time, they can drive as many as 77 hours per week and many report violating these rules.

At the Garmon Law Firm, we hold truck drivers and their employers accountable for their actions. We believe that no one should be forced to endure painful injuries or the loss of a loved one simply because a shipping company was eager to get their load delivered in time. If you have been hurt in an accident, call an Alabama truck accident attorney immediately for representation in your case.

Injuries from collisions with large trucks are often severe and can include:

  • Severe head trauma, concussions, coma, brain damage, brain bleeds, and even death.
  • Neck, back, and spinal column injuries (fractures, paralysis).
  • Broken bones, including compound fractures.
  • Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs.
  • Loss of limbs or permanent disability.
  • Open head wounds and severe lacerations.

Some of these injuries can be treated successfully with modern medicine. Broken bones and even internal bleeding can generally be managed well with prompt medical attention. Major injuries of the head, spine, and back, however, can result in lifelong disabilities and even paralysis.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result when an individual’s head forcefully collides with the steering column or the windshield. Severe TBI can cause significant disabilities including impaired memory, the inability to recall words or speak fluently, loss of vision, diminished senses, seizures, aggressive behaviors, and problems reading and writing. Many individuals with severe TBI will not be able to return to work and some may require ongoing medical care.

Obviously, any car accident can cause injuries, but statistically we know that accidents involving tractor trailers result in significantly worse injuries for passengers. These injuries may often last a lifetime, and can impact the entire family. That’s why it’s critical to have an experienced Alabama truck accident attorney on your side. If you, a family member, or a friend have been hurt or injured in a collision involving a tractor trailer, the Garmon Law Firm will pursue your case and help you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Arrange for a free consultation simply by filling out our quick online form or by calling 256-543-HURT.

 

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