If you have driven in the Charleston area you have undoubtedly seen them: large commercial vehicles barreling down the road at highway speeds. These vehicles can be semi-trucks, tankers, or any other form of vehicle, but they all share one thing in common: when they are involved in accidents, the results can be catastrophic.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that large trucks can weigh as much as 20 or 30 times as much as smaller passenger vehicles, and this disparity in weight makes them capable of crushing smaller cars and trucks when they collide. As a result, the occupants of these smaller vehicles are often seriously injured. In many cases, the injuries that they sustain leave them with long-term disabilities that affect them on a daily basis and severely impair their quality of life.
Some of the more common injuries that truck accident victims sustain include the following:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – TBIs occur when a person’s brain rattles around in the skull with sufficient force to cause a disruption in the way in which the brain normally functions. In addition, they can occur when an object penetrates the skull and causes injury to the brain. People who sustain severe TBIs often develop disabilities that will affect them for the rest of their lives.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – Because the spinal cord is the structure that is responsible for allowing the brain to communicate the rest of the body, when it is damaged the results can be devastating. In complete spinal cord injuries, victims are completely paralyzed below the site of the injury with little hope of regaining function.
- Severe Soft Tissue Injuries – Truck accident can easily cause severe lacerations, strains, and sprains that can result in permanent damage and disfigurement.
- Burns – Many truck accident victims sustain burns that are extremely painful, disfiguring, and leave them with permanent scars that can significantly alter their appearance.
Call a Charleston, South Carolina Truck Accident Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been hurt in an accident involving a large commercial truck, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. To schedule a free consultation with a Charleston truck accident lawyer, the Hartman Law Firm, LLC today or send us an email through our online contact form.