Not enough has changed statistically since the late 1980s concerning the number of truck accidents and deaths related to truck injuries. In 1988, there were about 94,000 accidents which resulted in around 130,000 injuries. Data from 2005 shows that while the number of accidents has dropped, the number of truck crashes on the road each year is still high and far too many people are injured as a result. 78,000 incidents were reported in 2005 and 114,000 resulted in injuries of some form.
Shattered Bones and Lacerations Sustained By Illinois Motorists When Struck By A Semi-Truck
Accidents involving big trucks are much more devastating than accidents that involve two cars and the injuries are much more severe as a result. Shattered glass and sharp pieces of metal may cause deep lacerations that require immediate medical attention and could pose the risk of infection— which may cause gangrene or create the need to amputate the affected limb. Lacerations may also tear muscle tissue, remove portions of skin or leave unsightly scars that can only be repaired through expensive surgeries.
The high impact of the accident may also result in complex fractures or shattered bones that require surgery in order to repair. When bone shatters, it usually requires internal fixation in order to set the pieces of bone back into place to promote healing. Internal fixation is the process of inserting devices such as screws, pins or plates into the bones to hold them into place. In some instances, bone grafting is required to repair bones that have been shattered so badly that healthy bone matter from another area of the body may be required in order to repair the injured area.
Motorcyclists Seriously Injured Due to the Negligence of 18-Wheelers
Because motorcyclists are already afforded so little protection on the road, injuries cyclists sustain when in a collision with a truck are devastating. If the motorcyclist survives, he or she usually sustains broken or shattered bones, lacerations, injuries to the spine and neck or trauma to the brain. These injuries usually require extremely expensive medical care and leave the victim unable to work for a long period of time as he or she recovers.
Injuries to the Spine Most Common Type of Injury Sustained in a Trucking Accident Case
The high impact of a crash with a truck may do severe damage to the spine, causing any number of conditions that range from temporary or partial paralysis to full paralysis of part or all of the body. Injuries to the spine may cost the victim from $40,000 to over $170,000 each year after initial medical costs of as much as $1 million in the first year. A 25 year old who suffers from paraplegia may be required to pay $4.3 million over his or her lifetime for medical care.
Compensation For Pain and Suffering Due To Injuries Sustained In Commercial Vehicle Accidents
In these types of cases, pain and suffering is a considerable factor due to the fact that the victim usually needs to live with the injuries he or she sustained for a long time, if not for a lifetime. Being forced to live in pain for years or decades qualifies as pain and suffering— which the courts see as a form of damages that can be compensated through a financial judgment. The money awarded to victims for pain and suffering will allow them to live more comfortably with the effects of their injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident, you are entitled to representation. Big truck companies retain defense attorneys the moment that their drivers are involved in a truck accident and will build their case against you while you are still recovering from your injuries.
Chicago Truck Crash Attorneys Who Can Help You Recovery Maximum Compensation For Your Injuries Under Illinois Law
Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers are dedicated to standing up for those who have been injured by reckless and negligent truck drivers and holding the companies that employ those drivers accountable for the many practices that contribute to accidents that leave so many people changed for life. Contact us right away and our team of qualified lawyers and experts will investigate your case thoroughly so that we are able to fight back and win your case— we are so confident that we can help you that we will not charge you if we are unable to.