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Truck accidents are a growing concern in Florida. In fact, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that there were 1,821 accidents involving trucks in 2010 and that number is growing.
While truck accidents can not be similar to car accidents, they are often more severe. That is because the size of the truck compared to a regular passenger vehicle can cause debilitating and deadly injuries. Even at slower speeds, a truck can cause more damage.
If you or a loved one was injured in a Florida truck accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and pain. The Law Team at Fetterman & Associates, PA will work be to get compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Truck Accident Injury and Lasting Effects
Most truck accidents can be catastrophic – if not fatal. Those who do survive these devastating accidents can endure long-term disability, disfigurement, and pain.
While there are numerous injuries that may occur, some of the more common truck accidents our attorneys see include:
Back and/or Neck Injuries
Your body is made up of an infrastructure of muscles, tissues, joints, nerves and bones. These begin at your neck and continue through your spine into your tailbone. After an accident, your body could be jolted in a violent manner, causing debilitating pain. For those in truck accidents, you may suffer from strains, spinal fractures, sprains, dislocations, nerve damage, torn or ruptured spinal discs, etc.
Another common injury seen in truck accident are broken bones. These are due to the sheer force of impact with a heavy semi-truck. In accidents, the most common broken bones are fingers, wrists, arms, legs, and feet. But, depending on the circumstances, a person could suffer from additional broken bones in various places.
Automobile fires are common with truck accidents. That is because when a car and truck collide, fuel tanks may rupture, which leads to a gas-fed fire. These fires burn very hot and quickly and can cause severe burns and even fatalities.
Truck Accident FAQs:
- What is Trucker Fatigue?
- Could the truck company be liable if they were over the weight regulation in my West Palm Beach truck accident?
- Can the truck company be held liable if my accident was due to an aggressive West Palm Beach truck driver?
- Can a company or truck driver be held liable for truck accidents that occurred due to violating the hours of regulation?
- Does the fact that I was in a truck driver’s blind Spot or “No Zone” mean I am not entitled to compensation from a serious truck accident?
- How can “good” weather cause West Palm Beach truck accidents?
- I was badly injured after my West Palm Beach truck accident. How can I get evidence in my case?
- How do I know if an attorney is qualified to handle my West Palm Beach truck accident case?
- What if I already signed something after my West Palm Beach truck accident?
- The truck driver who hit me was operating with a fraudulent license. Does that affect my truck accident case?
Head Injuries or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
It is not uncommon to see some form of brain injury with a truck accident. Just the impact of an airbag can severely harm a person’s head. But, because of the force associated with these types of accidents, it is also very common to see TBI. These can be permanently disabling for some people and even alter their ability to function or communicate. In some cases, TBI can be fatal if not detected early enough.
Internal Organ Damage or Bleeding
One of the leading causes of death in truck accidents is abdominal trauma. This leads to internal bleeding that cannot be repaired in time to save the victim’s life. It includes damage to the kidneys, bladder, pancreas, liver, and spleen.
Lacerations may not be life-threatening, but they can cause extensive pain and even permanent disfigurement. The cuts associated with a truck accident can include deep-skin lacerations that are very expensive to take care of and put a person at higher risk for secondary infections.
Torso and Rib Injuries
The impact with a truck can lead to torso and rib injuries. While not fatal at first, if these go undetected a person could face life-threatening complications.
Seat Belt Injuries
Seat belts save lives, but they also take their toll on the human body. A seat belt can cause back, neck and whiplash problems and even internal injuries if they fail.
Spinal Cord Damage or Paralysis
Spinal cord injuries are not always apparent at the scene, while there are other instances emergency personnel can tell someone has spinal cord damage. In severe cases, a person may lose his or her ability to feel or move their body.
Whether an individual dies at the scene or later due to complications, the number of fatalities associated with truck accidents is much higher than that in regular passenger vehicle accidents.
Consult an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer in West Palm Beach
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, then you need a Truck Accident Lawyer West Palm Beach who specializes in these types of cases. The team at Fetterman & Associates, PA specializes in truck-related accidents and we know how to go about negotiating with insurance companies as well as the trucking companies to make sure our clients get the compensation they deserve.
There is limited time in Florida to file these types of claims, so contact us right away to discuss your case. We offer free consultations, so there is no risk for speaking with us.
Schedule your consultation now by calling 561-845-2510.