Injuries from Rhode Island Truck Accidents
Get insight into the vast range of truck accident injuries in Rhode Island. These devastating issues can prompt years of physical and emotional suffering, as well as significant medical bills and even job loss. A Rhode Island truck accident attorney from Marasco & Nesselbush can be an invaluable resource during a time of great suffering, providing assertive advocacy as you fight for the damages you deserve.
Jury verdict for a client whose lifelong disabilities were caused by medical negligence.
Awarded to a client who sustained serious injuries in a rollover crash caused by a distracted driver.
Recovered for the estate of a woman who passed as a result of surgical negligence.
What other injuries can occur in a truck accident?
The injuries highlighted above are devastating, but suffering is by no means limited to victims with injuries categorized as catastrophic. Those with mild to moderate injuries also suffer greatly.
Unfortunately, these victims often fail to secure sufficient damages, as they’re more likely to downplay the extent of their injuries or face obstacles on their path to legal damages. Some simply struggle to understand just how debilitating their injuries might be later on.
Examples of surprisingly harmful injuries after accidents with semi-trucks include:
Any injury that involves the upper torso can be classified as a chest injury. Often, the very mechanisms that save victims’ lives also cause damage, with seatbelts tightening to the point of injuring drivers or passengers. While this is preferable to being thrown from the vehicle, the physical impact can still be significant. Frequently, victims endure damage to ribs, including bruising or even fractures. In other cases, the internal organs may be impacted.
Rear-end collisions may force the neck to move back and forth. This prompts soft tissue damage and typically results in significant pain in the neck and shoulders. Other common symptoms include headaches, dizziness, ringing ears, or blurred vision. These issues are likely even when truck accidents occur at low speeds or don’t initially seem all that severe. Despite the severity of the accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately, as symptoms of a whiplash injury can be delayed.
Whiplash is just one of many types of neck injuries that can result from the physical trauma of a truck accident. Neck fractures are also common, with some leading to spinal cord damage. Pinched nerves are also possible and may accompany concerns such as whiplash or fractured vertebrae.
Among the most common issues attributed to truck accidents, back injuries can vary dramatically in scope. Some victims experience only mild pain after these accidents, while others suffer debilitating spinal fractures.
Herniated discs are also possible, as the sheer force of the crash may cause the vertebrae to push into or compress the spinal canal. These injuries pose unique liability complications, as victims could be in the early stages of disc degeneration at the time of the crash. If the injuries are attributed to pre-existing conditions, it could be more difficult to secure compensation.
How long after a truck accident can injuries appear?
While many truck accident injuries are immediately obvious at the scene of the crash, others may not become evident until hours, days, or even weeks later. Thorough documentation of the victim’s physical condition is crucial immediately after the accident and may also be required later on, as late-onset symptoms of soft tissue damage or traumatic brain injuries begin to appear.
Who could be held liable for my injuries?
Truck accidents are caused by a variety of factors, but these crashes often involve some element of driver negligence. Distraction is a major culprit, with far too many truck drivers engaging in unacceptable behaviors such as texting or eating behind the wheel. Others, even if attentive, may simply lack the training or skills necessary to operate such complex and dangerous vehicles.
Sometimes, vehicle manufacturers share in the blame. Tank defects, for example, may contribute to fires. Other common issues include:
- Tire blowouts
- Steering column defects
- Defective engines
- Misaligned brake shoes
These concerns may be present from day one but could also result from improper maintenance. In these cases, the trucking company may be held liable for failing to keep its fleet in excellent shape.
Get help from a truck accident attorney today
Given the unique complications of truck accidents, these cases call for a nuanced, yet assertive approach. A skilled Rhode Island truck accident lawyer can get you on the path to securing the damages you deserve. Contact us today to get started.
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