With its proximity to Latin America, Miami is an increasingly important hub for global trade. With this growing volume of exports, Miami residents see an increased volume of commercial truck traffic.
This truck traffic brings with it an inherent danger. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 3,921 people were killed in truck accidents across the United States in 2012, and another 104,000 were injured. Common injuries from Miami truck accidents can range from minor cuts and scrapes to more serious, life-threatening injuries.
In vehicle accidents, the head and brain are vulnerable to severe injury. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) can occur when the head experiences a sudden jolt or collides with a hard object, such as a steering wheel or windshield. Severe TBI can result in long-term hospitalization and permanent complications affecting:
- Cognitive function (ability to learn)
- Movement and motor control
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries are commonly referred to as concussions. Concussions are described as “mild” because they are usually not life threatening. However, they can have serious consequences, and require urgent medical attention. Treatment for TBI varies according to the type and severity of the injury, and may involve rest, medication, rehabilitation, or surgery.
Neck and Back Injuries
Typical neck and back injuries include:
- Disc injuries (herniated or slipped discs)
- Compression fractures
- Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is made up of nerves that link the brain to the rest of the body. Damage to the spinal cord can result in a loss of sensation, control, and movement. Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. If you or a loved one have been in a car or truck accident, be alert for the following symptoms of neck and back injuries:
- Numbness in any part of the body
- Muscle spasms
- Pain or stinging sensations in the arms and legs
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain or pressure in the neck or back
- Difficulty with balance and walking
Injuries to Bones and Joints
There are many types of fractures, the most serious of which is an open, compound fracture. An open, compound fracture occurs when a damaged section of the bone protrudes through the skin. In these cases, the bone and the skin are susceptible to infection. With proper medical treatment, most people experience a full recovery from broken bones. Still, the temporary loss of mobility caused by a broken bone can cause difficulties, turning routine daily tasks into a daunting challenge.
Sprains occur when a joint is overextended, and the ligament is damaged. Sprains are temporary and can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
Seeking Help after Injury in a Truck Accident
If you are injured in a truck accident, call 911 right away. Severe injuries are not always immediately noticeable, and can worsen significantly without medical help.
Vehicle collision injuries can pose serious physical, emotional, and financial challenges. If you have experienced one of these common injuries from Miami truck accidents, you may wish to seek legal counsel. For a free consultation, contact Lavent Law at 305-440-0450. We are always here to help.