Truck accidents can often lead to destructive injuries. Trucks can weigh anywhere from 35,000-80,000 pounds compared to a car that weighs in at approximately 5,000 pounds. The sheer size and force of truck accidents can leave behind irreparably injured people and grieving family members.
96% of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and large truck were occupants of the passenger vehicles, according to the most recent IIHS data. The most recent report from the NHTSA shows that large trucks accounted for nine percent of the vehicles involved in fatal crashes.
If a loved one suffers a fatal injury resulting from a truck accident in Illinois, you may need to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Head and brain injuries are some of the most damaging because people can lose cognitive and motor functions. Brain injuries can result from forceful blows to the head during an accident. However, they can also occur without direct impact to the head due to a sprain or strain of the neck tissue, also known as whiplash.
Back injuries are prevalent consequences of truck accidents. One of the more common injuries associated with truck accidents is a herniated disk. In these cases, patients suffer from numbness, weakened muscles, and lower back pain. In severe cases, damage to the spinal cord can result in paralysis.
If you or a loved one has suffered from any of these injuries due to a truck accident, a Joliet truck accident lawyer can help guide you along the civil lawsuit process and answer and questions that you may have.