I-95 is one of the primary routes of travel up and down the East Coast of the United States. It runs all the way from Florida to the Canadian border in Maine. Along this highway, which connects the major ports and cities in the East, trucks often carry freight for long distances.
That means that truck drivers, who can work eleven-hour shifts, drive I-95 all day and night, delivering cargo. I-95 is one of the main corridors for travel to and from the Outer Banks, the beaches of Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey, and travel from the North to the South, which means all of those travelers face risks from the heavy truck traffic. If you have been injured in a crash with a truck, or you have lost a loved one to a truck crash, contact the Truck Accident Team. Our lawyers work to help clients all over the country, including North Carolina, get compensation they need for their injuries. Call (215) 246-9000 to consult with our attorneys.
The Severity of Truck Accident Injuries
Any auto accident has the potential to be catastrophic. For many age groups in the United States, car crashes are the number one cause of death. When one of the cars in a crash is replaced with a truck, which weighs more than twenty times as much as a car and takes twenty times the distance to stop, injuries and damage can be even more catastrophic.
Any auto accident, even low-speed collisions, can cause pretty severe injuries. One of the most common injuries in a car crash is whiplash, injury to the tendons and muscles in the neck caused by a quick back-and-forth motion of the head. Even something that seems as mild as whiplash can actually leave lasting effects that many suffer from for the rest of their lives. Other injuries, like scrapes, bruises, and cuts might not be that severe – but truck crashes can leave passenger areas of smaller cars crushed, and severely injure drivers and passengers.
Injuries to the back, neck, and head can be especially severe. When your back or neck are hit or crushed, you can suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI). Every signal that comes from your brain passes through your spinal cord to get to the rest of your body. A severe SCI can leave you with loss of feeling in your limbs, pins-and-needles feelings, or even paralysis.
Since your brain is the control center of your body, head injuries can sometimes have surprising and devastating effects. A strong blow to the head can cause a concussion, or the more severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can leave you with nausea, confusion, incontinence, and can even change your personality, memory, and ability to recognize things and people.
Compensation is Available to Those Who Are Injured
Living with severe injuries can be an extreme burden. If you were unfortunate enough to lose a loved one to a truck accident, that can be so hard to live with. Moving on with your injuries or losses can never be fully repaired, but a court is able to order the person who harmed you to compensate you financially for your struggles.
If a truck was responsible for your injuries, the truck driver and their employer truck company can be made to pay for your pain and suffering. They can also be made to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and any harm caused by the loss of a loved one.
Your pain and suffering, even though money cannot reverse it, can get you financial compensation. Your medical bills and other expenses brought about by your injury are easier to put a price tag on. Any of these expenses, if they were caused by the accident, can be compensated. That means not only hospital stays and X-rays, but also any surgeries or even equipment you need to pay for (like wheelchairs or crutches). If you had to miss any work, or are no longer able to work, then you can claim all of those lost wages against the person who harmed you, as well. This can help your family keep going, even if you can no longer work because of your injuries.
Contact an Experienced I-95 Truck Accident Attorney
If you lost a loved one, there may be damages available based on that. Any expenses, such as a funeral, can be claimed against the parties responsible for the death. Additionally, any changes to your life caused by that death can be compensated. Lost wages of a parent or spouse, lost companionship, and even grief counseling for the death can be claimed against the trucking company.
If you have been injured by a crash with a truck, or you have lost a loved one to such a crash, contact the Truck Accident Team. We work in North Carolina and around the country to help victims of truck accidents get their lives back together and get compensated for their injuries. For a free consultation, call us at (215) 246-9000.