Trucking accidents can stem from various causes, including driver fatigue, distracted driving and mechanical failures. Serious crashes often result in significant injuries for those involved.
According to TruckingAccidents.org, annually, around 130,000 individuals sustain injuries from trucking accidents. The following injuries are the most prevalent.
1. Head and neck injuries
Head and neck injuries can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. In some cases, head and neck injuries may result in permanent disability or death.
2. Broken bones
The force of a trucking accident can result in broken bones, especially in the legs, arms and ribs. These injuries may require extensive medical treatment, such as surgery and rehabilitation.
3. Soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue damage, such as sprains, strains and contusions, also arise from trucking accidents. While generally less severe than other types of injuries, soft tissue injuries may take several weeks or months to heal fully.
4. Internal injuries
Internal injuries, such as damage to organs or internal bleeding, can also occur in trucking accidents. These types of injuries may not immediately appear and may require diagnostic testing and surgery to repair. Damage to internal organs such as the liver, spleen or kidneys may become life-threatening if not treated promptly.
5. Psychological injuries
The trauma of a trucking accident can also result in psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. Psychological harm can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life and may require ongoing therapy and treatment.
It is vital for all drivers, including truckers, to practice safe driving habits to help prevent accidents and the serious injuries that can result.