A fully-loaded big rig or 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. An average passenger car weighs about 3,000 pounds. What happens when they collide? As we recall from high-school physics, the momentum of a collision (the part that, in a North Carolina motor vehicle accident, tosses people around [and sometimes out of] the vehicle) and the energy of the collision (the part that breaks bones and shreds flesh) are each proportional to the mass, or weight. Any accident involving a commercial truck will include a lot of momentum and energy, and is likely to inflict serious injuries on all the passengers.
Brain injuries are among the most serious consequences of a truck collision. In the violence of an accident, passengers can be struck in the head by flying objects; bounce their heads against the windshield, roof, or steering wheel; or be whipped back and forth, literally shaking the brains in their skulls.
The brain is frightfully delicate and vulnerable. Despite being armored against injury by the solid bone of the skull, in a truck accident the brain can bruise, tear, and bleed, even if there is no externally visible wound. The possibility of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) must be considered whenever there is a North Carolina truck collision.
Learn the Warning Signs
As any North Carolina personal injury attorney will tell you, brain injuries may not show symptoms until hours or days after a motor vehicle accident in Wilmington or Carolina Beach. It is also possible, however, that some symptoms may be apparent immediately after the accident. Among the most important signs to look for are the following:
- Slurred speech
- Memory loss
- Convulsions or seizures
- Enlarged pupils in one or both eyes
- Moodiness or aggression
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Sudden loss of vision or hearing
- Personality changes
Because symptoms of a traumatic brain injury after a truck accident can be delayed for a considerable time, it is important that everyone who was involved in a collision seek prompt medical attention.
Seek a Legal Opinion, Too
The potential consequences of a North Carolina motor vehicle accident are so serious that you must not delay attention to your medical needs. By the same token, you should pay attention to your legal needs, as well. If you have been injured in a North Carolina truck collision due to someone else’s fault, you may be eligible to be compensated for your pain and suffering, medical bills, disfigurement, disability, lost income, and other losses.
The Wilmington truck accident attorneys of Speaks Law Firm stand ready to come to your aid. Call us at 910-341-7570 (local) or 877-593-4233 (statewide toll-free) to schedule a completely FREE consultation with an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney. We can tell you what sort of recovery your case is worth, and—if needed—we can direct you to medical experts to have your brain injury evaluated and treated. Call today to let the healing begin.