Auto accidents can be very financially and emotionally stressful. However, they probably take the biggest toll on the bodies of drivers, especially when a truck is involved in the accident in some way. Auto accidents involving trucks can have devastating effects on a person’s body, leading to severe personal injuries. Here’s a look at some of the different types of personal injuries that a person may experience if they’re involved in a truck-related auto accident.
Whiplash is one of the most common personal injuries sustained during a car accident. This injury is caused by the sudden deceleration of your car upon impact with a truck or another car. The injury primarily affects the neck and upper back. While usually not life threatening, whiplash can lead to a lifetime of pain and prolonged disability. Nationally, expenses due to whiplash sum up to $30 billion a year.
Herniated discs are a type of back injury that is caused by impacts or other types of back trauma. Your back is made of 26 vertebrae that are cushioned by soft discs that make free movement possible. In an auto or truck accident, the jarring of your body can cause one of these discs to slip out, causing your vertebrae to come into contact. This can lead to muscle spasms, weakness, neck and back pain, tingling, and other physiological problems.
Finally, auto accidents of any kind, including ones involving trucks, can lead to a wide variety of brain trauma and head injuries. One example is bruising of the brain, which is caused during sudden deceleration upon impact. Bruising can cause your brain to begin bleeding, which can lead to a wide variety of brain damage that affects cognition and physical abilities.
If you’ve sustained these or other injuries in an auto accident involving a truck or another car, contact personal injury attorneys Sussman & Simcox. Our personal injury law firm will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For legal assistance in the Silver Spring area, call (301) 840-0404.