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Common truck accident injuries

On Behalf of | Aug 25, 2022 | Personal Injury, Trucking Accidents

Trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the Arkansas roadways. They weigh many times more than a standard passenger car, which means that they can cause serious damage in an accident. Truck drivers are also more likely to be involved in accidents as a result of fatigue, distraction and other factors, leading to injuries.

Head injuries

One of the most common head injuries in truck accidents is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This can occur when the head hits an object or is subjected to a sudden force, causing the brain to swell and putting pressure on the skull. This can lead to long-term effects such as problems with memory, learning and coordination. Another common head injury is a concussion, a milder form of TBI, that’s characterized by temporary changes in brain function.

Neck and back injuries

Whiplash is a neck injury that’s especially common in truck accidents because the force of the impact is often greater in a truck accident than a standard car accident. Whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly jerked forward and then backward, causing the neck muscles and ligaments to stretch beyond their normal range of motion. This can lead to pain, stiffness and other symptoms. Back injuries are also common in truck accidents. These can range from minor sprains and strains to more serious injuries such as herniated disks or spinal cord injuries.

Broken bones

The most common bones to break are the ribs, collarbone, arm and leg bones. These injuries can range from minor to severe, depending on the force of the impact and the type of bone that’s broken. In some cases, surgery may be required to repair the damage.

Internal injuries

These occur when the force of the impact damages the organs inside the body. One of the most common internal injuries is a ruptured spleen, which can occur when the abdomen is subject to a sudden force. This can lead to internal bleeding and other serious complications. Other common internal injuries include damage to the lungs, liver and kidneys.

Although it’s not always possible to avoid a truck accident, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk. First, make sure that you’re aware of the trucks around you and give them plenty of space. Second, avoid driving next to a truck for long periods of time. And finally, don’t tailgate a truck.