Statistically, a person is injured or killed in a collision between a tractor-trailer and another vehicle about every 15 minutes. Collisions involving tractor-trailers are increasingly common these days as we become more reliant on them for distributing goods and services.
Most drivers of passenger vehicles have a less than comprehensive idea of how to share the road with larger vehicles. Nevertheless, passenger vehicles make up a large percentage of injuries and fatalities in crashes. Tractor-trailer drivers have reduced visibility due to the size of their trucks and the speed at which smaller cars navigate around them. It is important to give more space and time when driving next to or near a tractor-trailer.
Injuries Suffered in Tractor-Trailer Collisions
Victims of tractor-trailer collisions suffer all types of injuries, including neck or back injuries, head/brain injuries, broken bones, harm to the ribs and/or torso (sometimes severe enough to inflict internal damage), surface injuries like lacerations and bruising, and almost always some whiplash from the seatbelt.
Tractor-trailer accidents that occur between small passenger vehicles and larger freighted tractor-trailers can cause devastating injuries. Many factors can affect the severity of the damages incurred. For example, the size of the vehicles involved, the safety of the passenger vehicle and the degree to which the safety features deployed, the force of the impact, and the speed at which the vehicles were traveling can all contribute to overall severity.
Perhaps the most common injury of automobile accidents is whiplash. If you are experiencing stiffness and pain in your head and neck area, physicians can assist you by prescribing physical therapy and potentially other treatments.
If your collision was traumatic enough to cause brain or spine injury, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. A TBI (traumatic brain injury) can cause long-term effects and debilitating pain and, therefore, require immediate attention. Spinal injuries like ruptured discs and spinal cord trauma can have lasting effects if not treated promptly and accurately. These conditions that can be complex and often difficult to diagnose.
After dealing with the immediate aftermath, it is common to notice that you suffer pain with every day activities. Neck and back pain as a result of a crash will likely linger for days or weeks after a collision.
Representation for Tractor-Trailer Collisions
If you or a loved one are injured in a North Carolina Tractor Trailer Collision, speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Maginnis Law handles North Carolina personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis – meaning that you pay no attorneys’ fees unless we reach a settlement or obtain a verdict or settlement in your case.
Maginnis Law’s lead work van accident lawyer, T. Shawn Howard, has experience handling complex personal injury cases, including those involving tractor-trailers collisions. He is a million dollar and multi-million-dollar advocate, meaning that he has obtain settlements for his client in excess of $1,000,000 and $2,000,000. He has earned the Super Lawyers Rising Star award every year since 2016.
You can contact the Raleigh personal injury attorneys of Maginnis Howard at (919) 526-0450 or send us a message through our contact page.