Common Types of Truck Accident Injuries

Truck Accident Injuries

Semi trucks are bigger and heavier than anything else on the road. When truck accidents happen, they do serious damage to whatever – and whomever – they strike. Truck accident injuries are more severe than those suffered in car-on-car wrecks.

At Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC, our truck accident attorneys seek top compensation for Georgia motorists who suffer a truck accident injury. We have a national reputation for successful truck accident litigation.

From broken bones to cuts, brain injuries, paralysis and even death, our truck accident injury lawyers know the pain that truck accidents inflict because we’ve seen it over the course of our entire careers.  If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, our attorneys want to help.


Truck Accident Statistics

An accident involving a truck is more likely to result in a death or injury than an accident between two cars. It’s far more dangerous to those in the car than in the truck, as nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of all truck crash injuries and deaths are suffered by people in the vehicle hit by the truck, according to the National Institute of Traffic and Highway Safety.

Speed is the most common cause of truck accidents in the country. Truck drivers themselves are a major contributing factor in more than half of all truck accidents – 55 percent. This means that if you or a loved one has suffered a truck accident injury, you may be in a position to seek compensation for the truck driver’s negligence and the harm it causes.

There are some signs that truck safety is improving in Georgia and beyond. Though more trucks are on U.S. roads now than 10 years ago, today there are fewer truck-related fatalities and semi truck accident injuries.

Year Number of Registered Trucks Number of Fatal Truck Crashes Number of Truck Crash Injury
2003 7.7 million 4,721 89,000
2012 10.7 million 3,802 77,000

These reflect drops of 17 percent for fatal crashes and 18 percent for semi accident injuries. In that same time, trucks have been involved in 25 percent fewer property damage accidents as well.

 More nationwide truck accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • 1 percent of all truck crashes are fatal.
  • 23 percent of truck accidents result in injury.
  • In 2012, 330,000 trucks were involved in crashes.
  • Truck crash injuries accounted for eight percent of all fatal crashes and three percent of all automobile injuries in the U.S.
  • 63 percent of tractor trailer accidents occur on rural roads.
  • 83 percent of truck crashes happen on weekdays.
  • A truck colliding with another vehicle was the first event in 74 percent of tractor trailer wrecks.
  • The truck rolling over was the initial crash event in just five percent of accidents.

Types of Truck Accident Injuries

Types of Truck Accident InjuriesTruck accident injuries can be catastrophic. If the wreck doesn’t kill the victim, it often leaves him or her with horrific injuries that take years or decades to recover from. Many Atlanta truck crash victims that come into our office have bravely survived wrecks — only to find themselves with a decreased quality of life after. This suffering is tragic and unacceptable.

Common truck accident injuries include:

Back and Neck Injuries

This can include minor neck pain or more serious injuries, like dislocated discs in the spine. Because your back and neck are so critical to everything you do, these injuries often prevent victims from returning to work and daily activities.

Broken Bones

Truck crashes are powerful, which means bones can be more easily broken than in wrecks involving just cars.

Head Injuries

Head trauma in an accident can result in an injury to the brain, which may be life-altering. Brain injuries can occur even in the absence of direct trauma to the head due to whiplash or rapid acceleration or deceleration. These injuries may not immediately be apparent, and sustaining a brain injury does not mean being knocked unconscious. Symptoms that may develop include confusion, nausea, vision problems and various cognitive difficulties. Head injuries are some of the most heartbreaking injuries sustained in truck accidents, as they often cause loss of cognitive and motor functions. Some people will never be the same again after suffering a brain injury.

Internal Injuries

Powerful blunt trauma from crashes can cause internal bleeding to organs like the bladder, liver, kidney, pancreas and spleen. These injuries are very difficult to treat.

Lacerations

Cut and lacerations from truck accidents can be particularly painful and often leave massive scars that may never heal.

Rib and Torso Injuries

Truck crash injuries to the ribs and torso can be severe, as the ribcage protects the body’s vital organs.

Seat Belt Injuries

Though seat belts are there to protect you (and our truck accident lawyers strongly urge you to always wear one), seat belts can also cause injuries like whiplash.

Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis

Truck accident injuries to the spinal cord can be especially devastating and lead to paralysis. The damage isn’t always initially apparent, which is why anyone who suffers an injury in a truck accident should always get medical attention as soon as possible. MRIs will detect injuries X-rays miss.

Wrongful Death

Tractor trailer accidents are 10 times more likely to kill you than crashes with other cars. It’s a sobering fact. When a truck accident kills your loved one, only an experienced truck accident attorney can hold the company responsible. We know we can never replace what you have lost, but we can seek the compensation necessary for your family to try to move forward.


Contact An Experienced Truck Accident Injury Lawyer

Regardless of how a truck accident hurt you or your family, Fried Rogers Goldberg is the law firm you want if your case involves a truck accident. These kinds of cases make up 75% of all the cases our attorneys handle. We literally wrote the book on truck accident law. Other lawyers consult our attorneys when they handle these kinds of cases because of our reputation in trucking litigation.

Know that you’re not alone if you’ve suffered a truck crash injury. There is support you can turn to here in Atlanta. If you have a truck accident injury case, or think you may have one, call (404) 591-1800 today or contact us through our website. We’ll be waiting to help.


Common Questions and Concerns

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I’m Not Sure I’m Comfortable Filing a Lawsuit.

This is a common sentiment that we’ve heard before. What we suggest is that you contact us for a free consultation, listen to your options and ask us any questions you have. There is no obligation. The final decision rests with you.If you choose not to pursue compensation, that’s your choice. But we want to explain what we can do for you. You shouldn’t be stuck with medical bills and related expenses if a negligent company or a truck driver is to blame for your injuries.It’s a question of justice and fairness. We want to help you seek both.

What Can I Be Compensated For?

If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in an accident with a semi-truck, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

Compensation varies and depends on the specific circumstance of each case.

I Have a Lot of Medical Problems Now. I’m Not Sure I Have Time for This.

As attorneys, our job is to make the process as easy as possible for our clients. We will do the legwork of getting medical records and filling out paperwork. We want you to focus on your health.

Do I Have to Go to Court?

We can’t predict how every case is going to proceed, but in many past cases we have secured settlement agreements that get you the compensation you deserve and avoid the need for a trial.

What if Someone Has Died?

If a loved one has died in an accident with a tractor-trailer, we can pursue a wrongful death case to get justice for your family. Compensation may be available to cover funeral expenses and the loss of income and companionship. We’re committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who paid the ultimate price through no fault of their own.

What if I’m Not Sure if I Have a Case or Not?

That’s OK. Give us a call at 1 (404) 591-1800 or contact us via the form on this site so we can talk to you about your situation. We will give you our honest assessment and answer all your questions or if you prefer we have more frequently asked questions here.These cases are what we’ve built our careers on. Let us use our knowledge and experience to help you and your family.

Do I Have a Case?

Getting compensated by the party responsible for the accident that harmed you requires proving two things: injury and fault. Your odds of success are greatest when you have an attorney experienced in trucking cases working on your behalf.

Who is responsible in a trucking accident – the driver or the trucking company?

If a truck driver has violated safety regulations that has resulted in an accident, then he or she may be found at fault. However, a trucking accident may not always be directly caused by a truck driver’s poor driving. A trucking company may be found responsible for: dangerous cargo, defective machinery or equipment, a driver who has logged more hours than allowed, or other truck safety violations.

Can a manufacturing company be found at-fault if a truck’s brakes fail?

Yes. Manufacturers are responsible for the production of its vehicles. If it’s determined that any part of the truck is defective and have contributed to the accident involved in a claim, they may be held liable.