Accidents are an unfortunate part of being on the road in Anne Arundel County. Just last week On June 6, 2016, a bicyclist was struck and killed by a garbage truck. While we hope that you or someone you know is never involved in a truck accident of any sort if they are you probably have many questions about the types of accidents and injuries that occur, and who you can call if you have been in an accident.
What are the Types of Commercial Vehicle Accidents?
In 2014, among the 260,350,938 total registered vehicles in the United States, 8328,759 were single-unit trucks. In 2014, there were 3,025.7 billion vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by all motor vehicles. Large trucks traveled 279.1 billion of those miles. In addition, there were 65 fatal crashes in Maryland in 2013 and 55 fatal crashes in 2014. The most common truck accidents include:
- Rear-End collisions – Rear-end collisions are hands down the most common accident on the roadway regardless of the type of vehicle, but when there is a tractor-trailer or any other form of a commercial vehicle involved it is very common for these accidents to be more severe.
- Head-On Collisions – While these collisions may be less common they can still occur. A head-on collision involves a crash in which vehicles traveling in opposite directions, on the same road, collide. When there is a head-on collision involving a commercial vehicle or tractor-trailer it is almost guaranteed that there is going to be an incredible amount of damage.
- Sideswipe – Commercial vehicles and tractor-trailers, in particular, have a large area that they cannot see a vehicle in the lane next to them. This can result in the tractor-trailer changing lanes when there is already a car in that lane. Often times these results in a sideswipe collision, which can push a vehicle into other lanes or into other cars.
While there are many other types of accidents, these are some of the most common that we have seen. While passenger vehicles typically are the most likely to be in an accident, light truck van, SUV, and commercial vehicles typically result in severe damage to both the car and the passengers.
What are the Most Common Truck Accident Injuries?
If you have sustained an injury from a truck accident it is very likely that you know how these injuries can affect your life and career. From lengthy stays in the hospital, doctor appointments, and even therapy, the reality that tractor-trailers cause injuries is well documented. In our experience, some of the most common injuries that result from a tractor-trailer accident include:
- Whiplash – Whiplash is a very common injury that usually results from a sudden and sharp force that causes the head and the neck to be pushed forward rapidly. These injuries can range in severity from minor annoyances and muscle soreness to debilitating and life-long tension in the muscles of the neck.
- Spinal cord and back injuries – The spine is composed of 33 individual bones that are stacked on top of one another. This bone structure provides the main support for the human body and allows a person to stand up, bend over, and twist. In addition to all of the bones, there are strong muscles, flexible tendons, ligaments, and sensitive nerves that all make up the spine. Whenever there is a jarring force to the spine there is the potential that any one of these bones, ligaments, tendons, or muscles will be injured which often leads to severe pain.
- Head injury or traumatic brain injury – These types of injuries which are also known as TBI’s are often the result of an acute and sudden force. The brain affects all aspects of our lives, from our ability to do complex tasks to even essential life functions such as breathing. Unlike other injuries, a brain injury does not heal in the same way that says a broken bone would heal and no two TBI’s affect a person the same way.
- Bone fractures and breaks – Most bone fractures are caused by falls and accidents, such as those involving a tractor-trailer or other vehicle accident. There are several different ways that a bone can fracture, such as a clean break where the bone does not damage the surrounding skin or tissue, or a comminuted fracture where the bone is shattered into many different pieces.
Anytime you get behind the wheel of a car you risk being injured. It is always a good idea to wear your seatbelt and make sure that children are properly secured in car seats that have been approved by your state. In addition, it is always best to try and avoid distractions and pay close attention to the road.
Have you been injured in a Truck Accident In Anne Arundel County? Call a Truck Accident Attorney Today and Rely on Our Experience
If you have been injured in a truck accident and now find yourself with medical bills and more questions then contact the lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team today. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.