Trucks eighteen-wheelers, flatbeds, box trucks and other commercial vehicles play an integral role in the American economy. Trucks can bring goods from warehouses and distribution centers to retail stores close to population centers. Trucks are also integral to the construction industry that constructs the homes, office buildings, and other structures we rely on day-in and day-out. In short, large commercial trucks are an indispensable part of the economy.
However, the trucks that we rely on must also share the roads with much smaller passenger vehicles — vehicles that are bringing everyday folks to work, school, the store, or back home again. While the vast majority of times passenger and commercial vehicles can share the roadway safely and without incident, the risk of an accident involving a commercial truck can be exacerbated by a fatigued driver, poor weather conditions, or many other reasons. When accidents involving commercial vehicles do occur, the results typically include more severe injuries due to the mass and size of the vehicles involved.
If you have been injured by a careless or negligent commercial vehicle driver, Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law can help. For more than 20 years, Ken Kieklak has fought on behalf of the injured to hold the responsible financially accounts. To schedule a free and confidential personal injury consultation, call (479) 316-0438 or contact us online.
What Should I do if I’ve Been Hit By a Commercial Truck in Benton County?
Being hit by any vehicle is a frightening experience. When the impending collision is with a large commercial truck, the experience can be particularly harrowing. But, if you’ve been in an accident with a commercial truck your first priority should be to reach safety. Be careful of other vehicles that are attempting to avoid the wreck. If your vehicle is smoking or otherwise appears to be a fire or explosion risk, you should attempt to move a safe distance away from the vehicle. Once you reach safety and if the police have not yet arrived, call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance and attention.
What Injuries Do Commercial Truck Accident Commonly Create?
Each and every accident is unique. The factors that cause the accident are unique and produce corresponding injuries. While no two accidents will produce the same injuries, there are some regularly reported problems following a vehicle collision. These injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries – TBIs are one of the more severe and far-reaching injuries that can be inflicted. A brain injury can impact nearly any bodily system or bodily function because the brain is the control center of both higher and lower functions. Depending on the damage to the brain the victim may suffer cognitive impairments, increased aggression, rapid cycling moods, and many other problems and limitations.
- Burn injuries – Burns can be thermal, chemical, or electrical in nature. While burns due to fire or excessive heat are the most common type, chemical and electrical burns can also occur in a truck accident. Third degree burns are extremely painful and can require years of therapy and treatment.
- Bone fractures – Fractures can range in severity from a simple break to a more severe compound or complex fracture. At minimum, a broken bone will take several months to heal.
- Neck and spine injuries – This category covers an array of injuries ranging from whiplash to spinal compression and herniated disks. Damage to the spine can even result in paralysis.
There is, unfortunately, a nearly innumerable amount of injuries that can occur in a serious accident involving a commercial truck or another large vehicle.
Rely on Benton County Truck Accident Injury Lawyer Ken Kieklak
An accident involving a box truck, flatbed truck, straight truck or other large commercial vehicle is often a life-altering experience. Those who are lucky to escape with their lives may have catastrophic injuries that limits the things they are able to do. Many others may simply struggle to cope with the accident, their injuries, and the financial consequences.
However, Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law can help those who have been seriously injured. To schedule a free and confidential truck accident injury consultation call us at (479) 316-0438 or contact us online today.