Semi-Trailer Truck Accident Injuries
A collision involving a semi-truck can result in severe and potentially life-altering injuries for those involved. Because big rigs can weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles, the force of impact in a collision can be devastating. Occupants in smaller vehicles are at risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, internal organ injuries, and other catastrophic harm.
The truck accident injury lawyers in South Carolina at Stewart Law Offices are ready to help if you have been injured in a commercial motor vehicle collision. We have been representing South Carolinians for 30 years, giving us extensive knowledge and experience handling the most complex injury claims. With our help, our clients have recovered millions of dollars in compensation so they can pay their bills and find peace after an accident.
We understand that the idea of taking legal action right now may feel overwhelming or even impossible. You can rely on our compassionate and determined truck accident attorneys to help you find a way forward.
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Truck Accident Statistics in South Carolina
Truck accidents are a major problem in South Carolina. While there are fewer semi-truck accidents in the state compared to other types of crashes, those involving commercial motor vehicles result in serious injuries at an alarming rate.
State records show that in a recent year alone, there were 84 fatal collisions involving large trucks. More than 1,100 truck accidents led to an injury for at least one person involved.
In total, the statistics show that there were 5,554 truck accidents during that same period. That means more than one-fifth of all truck accidents resulted in an injury or death.
Types of Injuries Caused by Semi-Truck Accidents
The injuries from a truck accident can deprive you of the ability to perform many daily activities and other hobbies that you enjoy, sometimes forever. Some of the most common types of injuries that occur in semi-truck accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Head and facial injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, which can cause full or partial paralysis
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries, such as whiplash
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries, such as damage to internal organs or muscles, ligaments, and tendons
- Severe cuts and bruises
If you’re living with painful injuries and/or disabilities stemming from a truck accident in South Carolina, talk to an experienced lawyer to learn about your rights to compensation.
Why Are Truck Accident Injuries More Severe Than Car Accidents?
The main reason truck accident injuries tend to be more severe than those suffered in car accidents is due to the immense size and weight of tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks. They are taller, longer, and wider than any other vehicle on the road. This means that when a truck hits a car or SUV, it strikes a broader area and is more likely to hit both the vehicle and passengers in particularly vulnerable areas.
In addition, semi-trucks can weigh more than 10 times the amount of a car or SUV. That additional weight means that trucks hit with much more force than smaller vehicles. A more violent impact puts more force on passengers’ bodies, which in turn results in a much higher chance of severe or catastrophic injuries.
Fatal Injuries Caused by Accidents With Semi-Trucks
Tragically, truck accidents are more likely to result in death. The majority of the time, the fatalities are among the occupants of other cars, motorcyclists, pedestrians, or bicyclists, not the truck driver.
Examples of potentially fatal injuries that are often seen in semi-truck accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): If a truck accident causes an object to penetrate the skull and brain, or if the impact causes the brain to strike the inside of the skull with enough force, the damage could be enough to cause severe and fatal trauma.
- Spinal cord damage: If the spinal cord is severely damaged or severed, nerve signals cannot travel from the brain to other parts of the body. When vital functions such as breathing are interrupted, the injury can be fatal.
- Neck injuries: Similar to spinal cord injuries, a broken neck can lead to a cessation of all bodily functions, leading to an injured passenger’s death.
- Internal organ damage: If an object penetrates the body in a truck accident, it may damage an essential organ such as the heart or lungs. Unless the injured passenger receives immediate medical attention in these situations, they are likely to die. Even blunt force trauma that doesn’t puncture the body can result in life-threatening internal bleeding, which sometimes goes undetected until it is too late.
- Burns: Exposure to chemicals, fire, and hot machinery in a truck accident can cause fatal burns if they are severe enough to do enough damage to essential organs. The skin itself is a vital organ, and burn-related infections can lead to sepsis (blood poisoning).
- Deep cuts: Broken glass often surrounds a truck accident scene. Damage to a major artery can cause someone to lose blood more quickly than it can be replaced by paramedics, sometimes causing death.
No matter what type of injury you suffer in a truck wreck, the responsible parties should be held accountable for their negligence. Make sure that a skilled truck accident lawyer investigates the crash to determine who should be held liable for your injuries and other losses.
How Can a Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer in South Carolina Help Me?
While a semi-truck accident lawyer cannot relieve you of the pain from your injuries, there are many other ways they can help. First and foremost, they can demand compensation for your injuries and losses. A successful claim can help restore your financial security and enable you to get the treatment you deserve without worrying about the cost.
The injuries from a semi-truck accident may prevent you from doing everything you need to do to receive compensation for the accident, like conduct a detailed investigation and gather the evidence necessary to prove such complex claims. An experienced truck accident lawyer can do this work on your behalf, including negotiating with insurance adjusters and corporate lawyers who will stop at nothing to avoid paying full and fair compensation for your losses.
Injured in a South Carolina Truck Accident? Contact Stewart Law Offices Today
South Carolina gives truck accident victims three years from the date of being injured to file a lawsuit, so the clock is already ticking. Reach out to Stewart Law Offices today to learn more about how we can help you. We offer a free initial case review so you can share your story, get all of your questions answered, and learn about your legal options. Call or contact us now.