In a truck crash, one major risk is developing a serious brain injury. Even a medium-sized truck weighs between 10,000 and 14,000 pounds, which is well over the average 2,000 to 6,000 pounds that a passenger vehicle weighs.
When one vehicle is much larger and heavier than the other, there is a greater risk of the people in the smaller vehicle suffering from serious trauma, including head injuries. They may hit their heads on windows, have axonal diffuse injuries from the impact or have a brain bleed from the force of the impact. From mild concussions to aneurisms, there are many kinds of brain injuries that may occur.
Brain injuries usually have a lasting impact
It’s true that brain injuries often have a lasting impact on the victims. Victims of car crashes may have to go through surgery to relieve the pressure on the brain or to stop bleeds. Even in the best-case scenario, a mild concussion could mean missing multiple days of work and stacking up significant medical bills.
Even mild brain injuries can be serious
Even mild injuries may have serious implications for patients. Mild concussions, for example, are defined as closed injuries resulting in a loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes. This may or may not also include disorientation. Today, it’s known that even a mild traumatic brain injury may have long-term effects, such as memory loss, headaches, dizziness, light sensitivity and more.
If you’re involved in a serious crash, hit your head or show signs of a brain injury, see a medical provider as soon as possible. These injuries may worsen quickly, and you need to seek medical intervention.
As soon as practical, it’s wise to seek a consultation with an attorney about your situation so that you have assistance navigating your claim for compensation.