Statistics show that North Carolina holds the sixth place in the nation for HYPERLINK "http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/abc11_investigates&id=7420197" large truck accidents. This is one record that our communities should not view with pride. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports 388 fatal truck accidents in North Carolina in 2010 alone.
Even light trucks are far heavier than cars, motorcycles, or pedestrians. When a truck collides with another vehicle or—worst of all—a pedestrian, the truck’s momentum and kinetic energy passes into the other object. The result is often disastrous. Momentum can fling the other vehicle—and its occupants—across a highway, up into the air, or into a tumble. The energy transfer can break bones, shatter glass, and crumple steel.
Injuries commonly associated with New Hanover County truck accidents
Our Wilmington truck injury lawyers know that motorists and their passengers can endure the whole spectrum of wounds after a crash with an 18-wheeler or other large commercial truck. The following list highlights some of the injuries we see most frequently:
- Bone and joint injuries. The shoulder and pelvis are the joints most frequently injured in vehicular collisions. Fractured bones most often affect the extremities (hands, feet, arms, and legs), but crushing injuries from side-impact collisions can also damage the rib cage or collarbone.
- Spinal cord injuries. When the bones of the spine are damaged, the pain can be incapacitating. If injuries go deeper to the spinal cord itself, the result can be permanent paralysis. There is no effective treatment for the nerve damage caused by a spinal cord injury.
- Traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries have a very high mortality rate. Even when the injury is not fatal, recovery can take a long time and may only restore partial function. Brain injuries can cause memory problems, loss of motor skills, permanent intelligence deficits, loss of vision or speaking ability, or even a coma.
- Lacerations and disfigurement. Flying glass and metal objects can slice open the skin. Gashes and wounds may lead to disfiguring scars that permanently alter how other people react to the crash victim’s appearance.
Recovery after a North Carolina truck crash injury
The nature of the injury and the patient’s condition will, of course, determine the best course of medical treatment. The risks of enduring damage after a North Carolina truck accident are so high, however, that every person involved in the accident scene should get an immediate medical evaluation at the nearest hospital. Some of the most serious injuries may be masked by shock and adrenaline after an accident. A doctor’s judgment is needed to determine whether urgent medical care is appropriate.
The process of healing from one of these accidents can be lengthy and often expensive. There is no reason you should bear the burden of the injury and the price of your medical care if the accident happened by no fault of your own. Call on the personal injury lawyers at Speaks Law Firm in Wilmington to represent your interests. Reach us toll-free at 877-593-4233 today to schedule a free consultation, and we will send you a FREE copy of our staff book, The North Carolina Auto Injury Book.