If you have been in an accident with a semi truck, it is likely that you have been hurt. Since semi trucks are so larger and often carry heavy loads, they can do so much more damage than a traditional car. When you have been in an accident with a semi truck, it is likely that you will need surgery or hospitalization that can wrack up medical bills.
If you have been in an accident with a semi truck, even if you feel fine, it is best to get checked out by a physician. There are many injuries that can occur that you might not notice right away, but they are there.
At the very least, be on the looking for the following injuries:
Most Common Injuries in a Semi Truck Accident: Neck Injuries
Even though they may not seem it at first, our necks are extremely sensitive and whiplash is one of the most common injuries in a semi truck accident. When you are in an accident, your head may quickly shake towards the side, causing the sensation of whiplash. This can cause incredible pressure on your neck and can lead to pain that lasts for weeks at a time. Thankfully, this injury gets better by itself over time.
However, there are some other common injuries in a semi truck accident that aren’t as easy to fix, including spinal injuries and disc herniation.
Most Common Injuries in a Semi Truck Accident: Leg and Knee Injuries
Another common injury is to the lower half of your body. Many people (wrongfully) believe that the bottom half of our bodies are protected by the seat of our cars, in some accidents, your legs can get smashed under the airbag or into the side of the car. Sometimes, this will lead to sprains or torn ligaments, but it can also lead to breaks in your legs. In particular, your knees are vulnerable.
Even more common are injuries to the toes and feet as you try to break quickly.
Most Common Injuries in a Semi Truck Accident: Broken Bones
Broken bones occur in almost any accidents, but they more frequently occur in semi truck accidents. Often, these breaks occur on the arms, shoulders, or ribs. They can require different amounts of medical intervention – from simply allowing them to heal on their own (toes and sometimes, ribs) to emergency medical intervention and surgery if there is a compound fracture.
Most Common Injuries in a Semi Truck Accident: Back Injuries
Our backs are also extremely delicate and can be injured in a semi truck accident. After almost any accident, your back will hurt. However, blunt force can cause serious compression and injuries to the spine that can plague you for years.
Most Common Injuries in a Semi Truck Accident: Concussions
Concussions are probably the second most common injury in semi truck accidents. They can occur if you hit your head on the window, steering wheel, or on the roof of the car. However, many people don’t realize that just the motion of the crash can result in a concussion. Sometimes, you will be able to “sleep off” the injury, both you may not be able to function properly for up to a few weeks
Retain a Lawyer If You Are in An Accident
If you are in an accident with a semi truck, one of the best things that you can do is retain a lawyer that will help you to understand the law and what you can do next. This is so important because there are some differing rules for those driving cars and those operating a semi truck or a commercial vehicle. You have to have a lawyer that is experienced in fighting for the rights of drivers against the insurance agencies for a trucking company.
Why should you trust Matthew Miller with your case? Matt Miller has lived in Omaha, Nebraska for his entire life. He has more than 29 years of experience in handling car accidents involving semi trucks. Matt has also earned the highest ratings that can be given for legal skill and ethics under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system. He has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America and named one of “Omaha’s Top Lawyers” by Omaha Magazine every year since 2007.