Truck Crashes And Traumatic Brain InjuriesMississippi Legal News
When someone uses the phrase, “It feels like I was hit by a truck,” they’re implying that they feel so sick or sore that it’s comparable to being hit by a large vehicle. Though the euphemism is used in jest, there’s no comparison at all to the physically devastating effects that a truck accident can cause. These violent crashes are made all the worse in large part because the size of these 18-wheel behemoths helps them carry so much power and momentum that they can easily destroy a passenger vehicle. And as for the person inside the car, these crashes can cause irrevocable damage to their bodies and especially their brains.
How Often Do Big Truck Crashes Happen?
After a continual decline in the number of large truck accidents and people injured in them from 2002 to 2009, the number has been steadily rising again. In 2017, 170,000 people were injured in these types of crashes, up from 138,000 in 2015 and 168,000 in 2016. The number of fatalities increased as well, up to 4,761 people killed in large truck crashes, with only 28% of that figure being truckers. Any death is sad, but it goes to show how much more devastating these crashes are for people in passenger vehicles. Because of the specialized nature of these accidents, it’s also beneficial to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney to help deal with the aftereffects.
Traumatic Brain Injury And Truck Crashes
Of all the causes of Traumatic Brain Injury, the biggest one for young adults is auto accidents. Some reports show where up to 47% of TBI deaths for people age 15 to 24 are caused by automobile crashes. While big truck accidents are already shown to be far more fatal for people in passenger cars than the trucks, those that do survive have a greater chance of being injured. A violent blow to the head can cause anything from a mild to a severe concussion, to a cracked skull, to internal bleeding within the brain. An 18-wheeler impacting a passenger car is going to impart a much greater force upon the body than if the passenger car crashed into something smaller. This force can be deadly unto itself. For example, think of a boxing match. When one boxer punches another, the glove may soften the blow to the face, but the force of that punch can still extend to the brain and cause it to slam into the skull, bruising it. Externally the boxer may look fine, but internally, their brain is hurt.
The Effects Of TBI And Why You Should Consult An Attorney
Depending on the severity of a TBI, a person may recover fully from it, they may barely recover at all, or they may recover for a time, only to find the injury has led to another condition. Repeated TBIs, or a particularly severe one, could later lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. They could also lead to cognitive problems or other neurological conditions like epilepsy. Basically, these injuries can result in someone requiring a lifetime of medical care and treatment. That’s why it’s so important to consult with an attorney after an accident that inflicts this kind of damage on a person. Mississippi relies on a standard of comparative negligence to determine fault, and if a truck driver was even partially at fault for the accident, they could be held liable for some of the medical bills associated with the crash.
Truck Accidents Can Cause Brain Damage. Ask Germany Law Firm PLLC For Help
Whenever an auto accident occurs, the party responsible for the accident should have to pay for their share of the fault. Innocent victims shouldn’t have to worry about how they’re going to afford their medical bills for a broken leg from a car crash, let alone recovery costs from a life-altering brain injury. Medical costs are high, and many victims need help pursuing the compensation they deserve. If you’re in this position, call Germany Law Firm PLLC at (601) 401-6884 for a free consultation. Bob Germany knows not only how tragic these accidents can be, but also knows how to pursue trucking companies and push them for a settlement. Don’t wait any longer than you have to, call Germany Law Firm PLLC and see if we can help you get the money you need to help your recovery.