3 life-threatening injuries that can be caused by truck accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Commercial Trucking Accidents

Trucks play a significant role in New Mexico and beyond, helping haul goods across vast distances, supporting businesses by ensuring timely deliveries and bolstering economic activities. However, alongside their vital contributions to commerce, trucks are also frequently involved in accidents that can lead to catastrophic injuries and even fatalities.

Between 2017 and 2021, an average of 71 people lost their lives annually as a result of collisions involving trucks in New Mexico alone. Numerous more suffered life-altering injuries. Life-threatening injuries as a result of truck accidents often include the following.

Serious burns and exposure to hazardous substances

Trucks haul a variety of hazardous materials, ranging from flammable liquids and corrosive chemicals to radioactive substances and compressed gases. These materials pose significant risks in the event of a truck accident, potentially leading to life-threatening injuries for those involved. Victims may suffer severe burns, respiratory problems or acute toxicity, necessitating immediate medical attention and long-term care to address the serious consequences of exposure to these dangerous substances.

Amputations and crush injuries

Due to their weight and momentum, trucks can cause devastating amputations and crush injuries in accidents. When a truck collides with a smaller vehicle or pedestrian, the force of impact can be immense, leading to limbs being crushed or severed. Victims may become trapped beneath the wreckage resulting in severe compression injuries that crush bones, muscles and organs.

Traumatic brain injuries

Heavy impacts from truck accidents can cause traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), posing significant risks to victims. TBIs occur when the brain sustains forceful impact against the skull, leading to bruising, bleeding or tearing of brain tissue. Occupants of smaller vehicles are especially vulnerable due to the size and weight differences.

These injuries can result in fatalities or permanent disability for victims. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident resulting in life-threatening injuries, it’s crucial to seek legal guidance promptly to help you to pursue the compensation you deserve.



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Nathan A. Cobb