Truck Accidents – The Catastrophic effectsTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. March 20, 2018
A tractor trailer owned by ABC Fine Wine and Spirits carrying 30,000 pounds of alcoholic beverages turned over on the bridge above the Alafia River on Interstate 75 pushing a BMW off the interstate between the northbound and southbound lanes. The plunge into the shallow water below killed the 42-year-old driver of the BMW instantly. The CDL driver’s personal license had been suspended six times, but he had no moving violations on his commercial license at the time of the accident.
The catastrophic injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk will provide a free case evaluation if you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, call us today, we are available 24/7 at 1-800-538-4878
When someone dies as a result of deliberate or negligent acts of another, the executor personal representative of the estate and immediate family members of the decedent are legally entitled to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful deaths cause grief, suffering, and financial hardships. Damages in a wrongful death case include the decedent’s medical expenses, lost wages, the mental anguish and suffering of surviving family members. In wrongful death cases, the survivors may be entitled to deceased. Loss of companionship protection of a spouse or minor children also translates into financial damage in a wrongful death suit.
Beneficiaries in Wrongful Death Cases
Surviving spouse and children of the deceased can file for damages for the emotional trauma caused by the unexpected death of their loved one. Parents of adult children may also recover loss for emotional distress if the deceased died without any other survivors. Likewise, where a parent dies, a surviving spouse, adult children may recover damages for their mental pain and suffering. It is the personal representative of the estate who is entitled to file the wrongful death claim on behalf of the survivors.
Violent tractor-trailer rollover accidents account for 58% of the annual truck driver fatalities. Shifting loads and low roll stability cause trucks to roll over. A trailer which rolls over independently of the tractor exerts a torsional force on the tractor.
Tractor Trailer Collisions
The relative weight of a loaded tractor-trailer truck is 16 times the weight of the average car. Transport trucks travel long distances and need 40 percent more space between vehicles to stop. Wet foggy roads and long uninterrupted miles can lead to catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths from the most gruesome accidents on the highway. Survivors of collisions with tractor trailers suffer:
- Brain and Head Injuries
- Internal Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Facial Injuries
Brain and Head Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can be mild to severe and can occur without visible signs of injury. Symptoms may not be immediately noticed. Swelling, which results from bruising or bleeding of the brain, may not be detected in the earliest diagnostics.
Internal injuries from the impact of the truck with the car range from severed arteries and veins to punctured or severed organs. Injuries to the bowels, kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, heart, or aorta are life-threatening.
Neck injuries range from broken bones and sprains to dislocations and disk injuries. Treatment for neck injuries ranges from chiropractic to surgical. Neck injuries can impair a broad range of bodily functions.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries result from fractured and dislocated bones, severed discs, or torn ligaments. Destroyed nerve cells reduce communication between the brain and the spinal cord, which blocks sensory impulses to the brain and inhibits physical activity.
Back injuries hinder mobility. Back injuries range from low back sprains and strains to herniated discs and fractured vertebrae. Back injuries can be permanent and disabling.
Facial injuries from broken glass, airbags, or other objects can scrape, cut, or bruise your face. The cuts, scrapes, or bruises may be simple lacerations, fractures, dental injuries, or dislocations requiring surgery. Facial injuries may be associated with brain damage.
Emotional distress, posttraumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety, and depression are also effects of catastrophic injuries. You may require counselling, home nurses, and physical therapy to recover or adapt. A third-party or wrongful death includes compensation for pain and suffering.
If you suffered catastrophic injuries, your lifestyle changes overnight. Your injuries may be life-threatening, permanently disabling, or permanently disfiguring. Your financial situation also changes drastically, and you face:
- Surgical expenses
- Hospital costs
- Doctor bills
- Diagnostic tests
- Rehabilitation costs
Third Party Claim
A third-party claim against all the at-fault parties in your accident can be filed for you to seek compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitative care
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
A personal injury attorney can help you find comfort and peace of mind as you recover from your injuries and adjust to disabilities. You should not try to negotiate with any insurance company or your employer by yourself. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help you get the insurance benefits you need from:
- Social security
- Workman’s compensation
- Supplementary disability insurance
The catastrophic injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk will provide a free case evaluation if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call us today, we are available 24/7 at 1-800-538-4878