Serious truck accidents may result in catastrophic injuries that can change a person's life forever. For instance, truck crash victims may suffer serious injuries to the spine that can cause serious disabilities. Spinal cord injuries (SCI) refer to any type of irreversible damage to the roots of the spinal cord nerves, which transmit messages from various parts of the body to the brain.
The point at which the spinal cord is injured will dictate the range of symptoms and disabilities an individual will experience. In the worst cases, spinal cord injury can cause quadriplegia, preventing an individual from being able to control and feel his/her limbs, torso and bodily functions.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), about 259,000 Americans currently live with some type of spinal cord injury. The average age of injury, which has steadily increased over the past decade, is now calculated to be 40.2 years old. While spinal cord injuries can be caused by a number of different events, the most common include:
- Truck and motor vehicle accidents, causing 42.1 percent of SCIs
- Falls, 26.7 percent
- Violence, 15.1 percent
- Sports accidents, 7.6 percent.
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury following a truck crash or any type of accident, you may be able to get compensated for the losses you face. To learn more about your rights and legal options, consult a legal professional today.
SCI & Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are most likely to cause spinal cord injuries when:
- Trucks are heavier and are traveling at higher speeds
- Vehicle occupants aren't wearing seat belts
- Occupants are thrown from vehicles
- Neck or back injuries are sustained
- Seat backs malfunction in rear-end collisions, causing the driver's seat to fall backwards. If the driver's neck snaps over the head rest, he will likely sustain a severe SCI
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
Often, spinal cord injuries cause irreversible damage that will permanently impair an individual's quality of life. While some may be unable to walk, others may need 24-7 assistance, as total paralysis can prevent them from being able to take care of themselves. In any event, the costs can add up quickly.
Our truck crash lawyers are experienced at investigating lawsuits on behalf of people who have suffered spinal cord injuries in truck collisions. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to help you get compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. If you would like to speak with a qualified legal professional about your damages, contact our truck accident lawyers today.