Semi-trucks are a common sight on Oklahoma roads. These vehicles are intimidating due to their size and speed. In addition, there is always a chance that the driver might behave recklessly, be under the influence or be tired from an extended time behind the wheel without rest. Accidents are common and can cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
Truck crashes cause unique injuries
Semi-truck collisions cause specific kinds of injuries that people should recognize. People in smaller passenger vehicles are inherently vulnerable. Often, the impact causes the jerking of the head and neck and leads to whiplash. This might not be obvious at first, but if the person is in pain and feels stiff in those areas, they will need to address the injury.
More obvious injuries include broken bones, cuts and bruises. For example, a broken arm must be treated and set by a medical professional to ensure it heals correctly. Soft tissue injuries can be more challenging to diagnose. If the person does not have an obvious injury but is experiencing inflammation, pain, tingling or numbness that is hard to pinpoint, it could be soft tissue damage.
A traumatic brain injury is among the more serious issues after truck accidents. Any brain injury can lead to pain. More worryingly, it can cause cognitive problems, hinder memory and negatively impact a person’s ability to function.
Understand the options after a truck crash
These injuries can cause physical, mental and emotional challenges in a person’s life. In addition, they will face medical expenses and lost income from being unable to work. Diagnosing the injury and getting treatment is the first step. It is also vital to know what can be done to hold truckers accountable for the actions that caused the accident.