Common Brain Injuries You Could Suffer in a Big-Rig Crash
Victims of semi-truck accidents are much more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries or death than people involved in auto accidents due to the difference in vehicle size and weight.
One devastating injury that a truck accident victim can suffer is a brain injury. Brain injuries cause people to suddenly experience difficulties with mobility or a loss of hearing or vision. These injuries also contribute to changes in reasoning, memory, emotions, and other vital abilities that can prevent someone from taking care of personal needs and holding a job.
Types of Brain Injuries Caused by Truck Crashes
Brain injuries can be the result of an open or closed head injury. If a victim suffers an open head injury, there can be a laceration on the skull, penetration of the skull, or a skull fracture. The laceration or fracture can cause an infection or further brain damage to develop. With a closed head injury, the skull is not fractured. Instead, the brain is damaged by blunt force or other trauma. These injuries can be more serious than open head injuries.
Common brain injuries reported by victims of semi and other large truck accidents include:
- Concussion. A concussion is caused by blunt force or a jolt to the head—common in a big rig accident. It can be a mild brain injury that causes temporary symptoms such as headaches, inability to concentrate, and insomnia. If not treated, a concussion might develop into a more serious medical condition.
- Hematoma. When blood collects outside the vessels in the skin tissue, it can cause bruising of the skull and pressure on the brain—sometimes life-threatening. A person can experience difficulty walking or speaking, become numb, or lose consciousness.
- Hemorrhage. Hemorrhages may cause pressure on the brain that can lead to loss of consciousness, coma, or death if not treated early enough. A sudden, severe headache, vision problems, slurred speech, and nausea are a few of the immediate symptoms of a brain hemorrhage.
- Traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury is a very common injury caused due the blunt force to a victim’s head in a truck accident. It can cause major changes to a person’s life if it causes problems with vision, hearing, mobility, memory, concentration, reasoning, and more.
If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury in an accident with a commercial vehicle, you need an experienced truck accident attorney who can thoroughly investigate your crash, file your claim, and negotiate your settlement. Find out how attorney Alan Morton can help you hold the truck driver and trucking company accountable by calling our office to schedule your free consultation.