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Top 5 Types of Injuries from Truck Accidents

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Truck crashes tend to have more severe or fatal injuries than fender-bender collisions between cars. The greater harm that people suffer is a simple matter of physics. Tractor-trailers have more mass than passenger vehicles, particularly when loaded with heavy cargo, so they deliver an increased force on the other vehicle upon impact.

A Los Angeles truck accident attorney can answer your questions about the top 5 types of injuries from truck accidents. We can also help you go after compensation for your injuries from the at-fault party so that you can devote your energy and attention to getting well.


Depending on the location of the point of impact between the car and the big rig and the speed the vehicles were traveling at the time of the crash, virtually any bone in the body could get broken in one of these accidents. Sometimes, the force of the collision ejects a passenger from the car, which event could result in multiple fractures. The truck driver could also suffer broken bones, particularly if not restrained by a seat belt.

Head Injuries

Truck accidents can cause head injuries when a person’s body hits the steering wheel, dashboard, or sides of the vehicle frame. Whether the head trauma is a concussion or a traumatic brain injury, the head wound can cause problems for years. Seizures, cognitive loss, chronic headaches, personality changes, and speech loss can follow a head injury.

When a car slides under the tractor-trailer in an accident, head injuries often result. These head wounds are usually fatal.

Spinal Cord Damage

When the neck or back suffers substantial wounds like fractured vertebrae, the injured person’s spinal cord can get severed from a jagged piece of the broken bone, resulting in paralysis. In this situation, the wounded individual will face an unexpected future. The initial medical crisis will generate massive expenses. 

The patient will likely need rehabilitation for weeks or months in a specialized spinal cord injury treatment facility to learn how to perform everyday tasks in light of their loss of function. Also, a person who suffers from paralysis will likely have ongoing medical expenses and loss of income for the rest of their life.

Internal Organ Injuries

The immense force of a tractor-trailer collision can jar a person’s body enough to cause tissue damage to internal organs. The danger of these injuries, in addition to the organ damage itself, is the likelihood that the person could be hemorrhaging internally without experiencing visible symptoms.


Truck accidents can involve explosions because these vehicles carry many gallons of fuel to travel long distances. Burns can cause disfigurement, loss of function, and excruciating pain. Burn patients might have to undergo multiple operations to debride the wounds, increase limited function, and try skin grafts. The body can reject skin grafts, leading to more pain and additional medical procedures. 

People with severe burns often need extensive physical therapy. There is also a risk of social isolation because of the disfigurement from the burn scars.

You can talk with a California truck accident attorney about your wounds from a truck accident. We do not charge for the initial consultation, and there is no obligation. Get in touch with our office today, we gladly offer a free consultation.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.