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Types of Injuries Suffered in SemiTruck Accidents

Injuries from Semitrucks

An accident involving a large commercial truck is often more devastating than one involving a passenger vehicle.

Large commercial trucks weigh, on average, 80,000 pounds, whereas an average four-door passenger vehicle is around 3 to 4,000 pounds. When these two types of vehicles collide, it typically results in a wide variety of injuries, many of which are quite severe.


Common Injuries in Accidents with SemiTrucks

Broken Bones/Fractures

Fractures range in severity. A compound fracture, when the bone pierces the skin, can require extensive medical treatment whereas less severe breaks can heal on their own. A cast (or boot) may be worn for weeks to months and physical therapy or surgery may be required. Some fractures may not heal correctly leaving one with a permanent impairment.

Some of the most frequent bone fractures occur in:

  • Facial bones
  • Arms / Legs
  • Wrists / Hands / Fingers
  • Ribs
  • Neck / collarbone

Back and Neck Injuries

One of the most serious types of back injuries is a spinal cord injury. This can result in injuries to the bones, muscles or nerves in the spinal cord and lead to temporary or permanent paralysis.

Neck injuries can range from injury to the muscles, joints and ligaments to a broken neck and can reduce one’s range of motion, making it difficult to take care of day-to-day activities.

Whiplash is one of the most common neck injuries. It occurs when the impact from a collision forces your head and neck to move back and forth or sideways violently. It causes tension within the muscles, discs and ligaments resulting in severe soft tissue damage.

Mild, moderate or severe, any amount of neck or back pain can result in one’s inability to work for some period of time.

Head Injuries

Head injuries, like back and neck injuries, range from mild and temporary to life altering and permanent, such as skull fractures, bleeding on the brain, nerve damage, permanent brain damage, broken facial bones and concussion to name a few.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the type of brain injury caused by a sudden or sharp impact to the head that damages the brain. It can be an open-head injury where the skull is penetrated or a closed-head injury. It can range from mild to moderate or severe. It can result in lasting personality and/or mood changes or even result in impaired cognitive function. For instance, one could have difficulties with:

  • Paying attention or concentrating
  • Recalling memories
  • Processing information
  • Forming coherent sentences
  • Speaking clearly
  • Reading and writing

Crush Injury

A crush injury occurs when force or pressure is put on a body part, such as when part of the body is squeezed between two heavy objects. This type of injury can lead to health issues such as:

  • Compressed nerves
  • Loss of brain cells
  • Fractured bones
  • Brain damage

Psychological injuries

Being in an accident of any kind, especially with a large commercial truck, can lead to psychological or mental health issues such as PTSD, phobias where one cannot drive, or even doing day-to-day tasks such as grocery shopping become a chore. If not addressed, these issues can last a lifetime.

Amputation/Disfigurement

Semitruck accidents can leave the driver and passengers of a standard vehicle disfigured in some way (such as injuries to the face) or need to have a limb amputated. Treatment may require adaptive devices, the need for caretaker services to help with daily needs, extensive physical and psychological therapy and more.

Lacerations and internal injuries are other common injuries suffered in accidents with semitrucks.


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