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What injuries could result from an 18-wheeler truck accident?

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Truck accidents can leave victims with devastating and traumatizing injuries that can negatively impact their life. 18-wheeler truck accidents are extremely dangerous based on their large size and density. Trucks of this capacity can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. Leaving victims with life-threatening and life-altering injuries they may not be able to recover from. Several factors can cause an 18-wheeler auto accident to result in different types of injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with a truck, contact one of our skilled and determined Prince George’s County Truck Accident Attorneys who can help you recover reasonable damages for your injuries. We can help you hold those responsible accountable for their negligence. 

How does an 18-wheeler truck accident happen?

Truck accidents can happen because of numerous reasons. Below are some of the most common causes of 18-wheeler truck accidents:

Jackknife

This type of truck accident occurs when a truck suddenly brakes and its trailer swings in half forming a ninety-degree angle.

Underride 

This type of accident happens when a truck brakes too quickly and smaller cars or motorcycles are not prepared, they collide and get trapped underneath a truck. This type of accident is one of the most dangerous and life-threatening.

Roll-over

This type of accident happens when a truck driver suddenly loses control of the vehicle, causing it to roll over, causing both the truck and all the cargo to fall out onto the road. Roll-overs can happen if a truck driver is driving too fast, collides with something on the road, turns too fast, or there is a steep incline or decline.

Wide Turn 

This type of accident may happen if a truck driver doesn’t turn properly. Normally, a truck driver has to swing left before they turn right to give them enough space.

Blind Spot

This type of accident can happen if a truck driver cannot see an approaching car as they are in a spot that isn’t visible.

Tire blowout

This type of accident happens when their tire rapidly explodes because of a loss of inflation pressure.

Head-on and rear-end 

This type of accident happens when another vehicle hits the front or back of the other vehicle.

All of these different causes of truck accidents can result in serious injury.

What injuries could I face?

If you have been involved in an 18-wheeler truck accident, you may sustain significant injuries both physically and mentally. The trauma you face as a result of the collision can be extremely overwhelming. Some injuries you may suffer include:

  • Traumatic head and brain injuries
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Whiplash
  • Organ damage
  • Amputations
  • Wrongful death

Victims may suffer a range of mild to severe injuries. It is crucial for victims to immediately seek medical attention after a collision. Victims may believe they are unscathed but some injuries are not always visible. Medical professionals need to examine you after a collision.

If your or a loved one has been involved in a tragic 18-wheeler truck accident, contact one of our trusted and experienced team members who can help you seek the justice you deserve. You can rely on one of our dedicated attorneys to help you recover fair compensation for your injuries.

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