Obvious impact: truck crash severity and consequences

| Jan 12, 2021 | Firm News |

“The world is a busy place.”

That comment comes courtesy of one Georgia legal source spotlighting the vast and varied personal injury realm.

The frenetic and fast-paced nature of that universe spawns risks, even for individuals and families engaged in the most common and mundane of activities.

Most of us don’t remotely think about safety challenges linked with a quick trip to the grocery store, for example.  Stories routinely surface, though, to remind the public of dangers posed by negligent motorists – sometimes recklessly distracted or even drunk drivers. Residents spanning Northeast Georgia and the rest of the country suffer harm from defective products, owners’ deficient maintenance of property, medical mistakes and many other injury-inducing catalysts.

Like truck accidents, for instance, which unquestionably loom large as personal injury causes. Today’s blog post underscores the outsized impact of injuries often suffered in big-rig accidents. It also highlights purposeful legal action that a crash victim or surviving family members can take in the wake of a serious truck accident.

The many reasons why a truck crash is comparatively serious

Narrative linked with the above header will tend immediately toward the obvious, won’t it? After all, trucks – especially commercial trucks like tractor-trailers and other 18-wheel conveyances – generally dwarf surrounding vehicles on the road. Additionally, large-truck operation is notable for this:

  • Slow stopping times, with expanded road space needed to get a semi-truck or other big rig effectively under control in an emergency situation
  • Pronounced blind spots for drivers
  • Reduced maneuverability
  • Vehicle weight that can easily be scores of thousands of pounds
  • Commercial driver fatigue and haste tied to scheduling pressures
  • Known industry problem with driver substance abuse
  • Laxity in scheduled maintenance and repair procedures

Any of those cited factors operating alone or in concert with others can literally drive a crash outcome yielding devastating consequences.

In the wake of a crash: victim concerns and a proactive response

The first order of business following any truck accident is obviously for an accident victim to promptly receive medical care. Injury possibilities linked with a truck crash are varied and often extremely serious. One topical overview notes that, while some crash outcomes might luckily yield only relatively minor injuries, that is far from routinely the case. Many accidents feature “broken bones, serious muscle strain, and spine and neck injuries.”

And some of course bring consequences far more dire than that.

Victims and family loved ones can be materially empowered by timely allying with a proven and compassionate legal team following a crash that yields personal injuries. A meaningful remedy focused on maximum compensation can secure these and additional benefits:

  • Medical care costs
  • Future outlays for any required therapy or rehabilitation
  • Lost wages from an inability to work
  • Long-term disability needs
  • Property damage

Crash victims are not powerless. Taking purposeful action in the aftermath of an accident is both an empowering act and a legal right.