The injuries that victims sustain in a truck accident tend to be far worse than those that are common in car crashes. The reason is simple: trucks are heavier and further off the ground, so they pose a far greater threat to drivers and passengers in normal vehicles.
Whether you were hurt or a loved one was fatally injured in a truck accident in Augusta, Georgia, attorney John Hadden with the Hadden Law Firm can help you recover the compensation that you need and deserve.
Truck Accidents are Far More Severe Than Car Crashes: The Numbers
It should come as no surprise that tractor-trailer accidents - along with other types of commercial vehicle accidents - tend to cause more severe injuries than ordinary car accidents. After all, passenger vehicles usually weigh around 3,000 pounds – or up to 5,500 pounds for some of the larger pickup trucks or SUVs on the road. Tractor-trailers, however, weigh around 30,000 pounds when their trailers are empty. When they are full, they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, or even more if they have an overweight permit.
With all of that extra weight comes far more force if it collides with something. When there is a crash, the first point of impact in a truck accident is higher off the ground because a truck's fender has a higher curb height. That can pose a threat to occupants in lower vehicles because the force will hit their torso or head rather than their legs or feet, causing more severe injuries. It can also mean that the safety equipment in a car is less likely to offer the protection it should.
To make matters worse, the vast majority of the miles that large trucks travel are on high-speed roads and highways where the speed makes accidents even more severe.
Altogether, these factors are bad news for people who get hit by trucks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 82% of the fatalities and around 80% of the injuries from tractor-trailer accidents are suffered by people who are not in the truck.
Common Injuries Sustained in a Truck Accident
The CSRA and Augusta area is not immune to commercial vehicle accidents, particularly given the often heavy traffic on I-20 and the Bobby Jones Expressway (I-520). There are several different types of truck accidents that can occur. Each of these comes with its own set of common injuries. For example, rear-end collisions are likely to produce different injuries than a rollover accident.
Overall, though, some of the most common injuries that victims suffer in a truck accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations, some of which can be life-threatening
- Spinal cord injuries
- Amputations and loss of limb injuries
- Burn injuries
Regardless of the type and severity of the injury, if it was caused by a negligent truck driver then the victim deserves to be compensated. In many cases, through the concept of employer liability, victims can pursue the full amount that they deserve by suing both the negligent truck driver and their trucking company.
That compensation aims to cover all of the victim's losses that stem from the truck accident, including their:
- Medical bills
- Costs of medical care for future treatment
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity due to disabilities caused by the crash
- Physical pain
- Mental suffering
- Emotional distress
Fatal Truck Accidents and Wrongful Death Cases
In some cases, unfortunately, the injuries prove to be fatal.
When this happens, the negligent trucker and their employer are not off the hook simply because the victim did not survive long enough to file a lawsuit and demand compensation for their losses. Instead, it falls to the victim's loved ones to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. Whether filed by the victim's children, surviving spouse, or by the victim's estate or legal representative, this type of lawsuit compensates the survivors for the full value of the victim's life. Additionally, through an estate claim, the estate can pursue the compensation that the victim would have been able to recover, had they survived.
Augusta Truck Accident Lawyers at the Hadden Law Firm
Attorney John Hadden with the Hadden Law Firm strives to provide the best legal representation to victims of truck accidents. With their help, both the victims and their loved ones can recover the compensation that they need and deserve after such a terrible and traumatic ordeal as a truck crash.
Contact the Hadden Law Firm if you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in a truck accident in or near Augusta, Georgia.