Huge trucks regularly travel across the roads in Idaho without incident. Unfortunately, with so many of these vehicles on the road on a daily basis, accidents can still happen. These are some of the most common injuries stemming from truck accidents.
Head and brain injuries
Due to the massive size and weight of commercial trucks, it’s only natural that collisions involving them often leave victims catastrophically injured. Head and brain injuries are among the most common. They can range in severity from lacerations to the head or a closed or open brain injury that can be mild or even life-threatening.
Neck and back injuries
Neck and back injuries also often occur when truck accidents happen. Due to the impact of a collision, it’s possible for someone to experience compression of the delicate vertebrae in the spine. The person can be left with a herniated disc, pinched nerve or even a break. These injuries are painful and can compromise your ability to move.
Truck accidents commonly leave individuals dealing with broken bones. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, these injuries can affect any area of the body. For example, a person might raise their arm to brace for the impact and suffer a broken arm or strike their face into the steering wheel and suffer a broken nose.
Burns are catastrophic injuries that may occur after a truck accident. If a truck is toting hazardous, flammable substances in its cargo, a fire could ensure when a crash happens. Victims can suffer second- third- or even fourth-degree burns, which can be fatal.
Truck accidents are not always preventable; however, if you use defensive driving techniques, stay alert and give them plenty of space, you could reduce your risk.