Truck accident injuries may be more catastrophic than other types of crashes. With the sheer size and weight of a big rig, smaller vehicles may be at a greater risk of being crushed. If you or someone you love was a victim, contact a truck accident law firm in Atlanta.
According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia (GOHS), of the fatal traffic crashes in the state in 2009, 10 percent involved medium and large trucks. Only 4 percent were involved in injury crashes, which could be taken as an indication of the higher risk of death in this type of accident compared to others. In total, medium to large trucks accounted for 147 fatalities.
Possible Truck Accident Injuries
Virtually any part of the body is at risk of being injured in a truck crash. Victims can be pinned inside their vehicles, thrown from vehicles or pierced by mangled parts. Blunt force may cause injuries as well.
Head injuries are among the possible injuries in a truck accident. They can include concussions, gashes, skull fractures, bleeding on the brain and traumatic brain injury.
Broken bones are also common truck accident injuries. Some can be so severe they pierce through the skin (compound fracture), and some victims suffer multiple fractures. In some cases, it could lead to permanent disability.
Neck and back injuries also can occur in these accidents. Whiplash, sprain, herniated disc, cervical dislocation and spinal cord injury are some examples of these types of injuries.
Injuries to the muscles, ligaments and joints may affect some accident victims, and some may even experience internal bleeding or damage to vital organs. An accident may result in paralysis in some cases.
Truck accident injuries aren’t just physical. Many injured victims suffer emotionally as well. This can result in depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Compensation may be available for many injuries – consult a truck accident law firm in Atlanta to learn more about your rights.
Damages Available in a Truck Accident Claim
The damages that could be available in a claim will depend on the extent and severity of your truck accident injuries, as well as other damages you may experience. The greater the negative impact your injuries have on your life, the more compensation you may be entitled to receive.
Examples of damages that you could be eligible to recover after a truck accident include:
- medical/hospital costs;
- pain and suffering;
- permanent impairment/disability;
- emotional distress/mental anguish;
- loss of income;
- loss of enjoyment of life;
- projected loss of earnings;
- future medical expenses; and
- wrongful death.
Discussing your case with a truck accident law firm in Atlanta can give you a better idea of types of damages that may be available depending on the circumstances of your case, as well as the evidence that may be required. For instance, you will need copies of your medical records and documentation of your wages. But you also will need proof that establishes the truck driver or someone else was at fault for your accident.
In some cases, the trucking company, an independent contractor or even a vehicle manufacturer or vehicle parts manufacturer may be liable for your injuries. This will depend on the cause of your crash or any contributing factors.
Consult a Truck Accident Law Firm in Atlanta
Atlanta is a busy metropolitan area, with trucks and other large vehicles taking to the roads. When traffic gets congested or you travel a busy road such as Freedom Parkway or I-75, you may be at greater risk of being struck by a truck or other vehicle.
Whether you or a loved one sustained serious or fatal injuries, contact a truck accident attorney at Shane Smith Law in Atlanta. We will take the time to review your case carefully and go over the types of compensation that you may be able to recover for truck accident injuries.