Commercial Vehicle Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
Any automobile accident has the potential to cause injuries and financial and emotional damages. However, statistically speaking, some collisions have been proven to be more dangerous than others. For instance, commercial vehicle accidents can cause serious injuries and also have a high rate of fatalities.
Personal injury attorney Roger “Rocky” Walton, who serves the Arlington, TX, area, has seen how devastating commercial vehicle accidents can be for his clients. Here, he explains what makes these crashes so damaging, and goes over the kinds of injuries that may occur, and the types of damages that injury victims may be due following a commercial vehicle accident.
Why Are Commercial Vehicle Accidents So Devastating?
Commercial vehicles are defined as any self-propelled or towed vehicle that is used to transport passengers or cargo. This covers a wide range of vehicles - basically any automobile that is covered by a commercial insurance policy. Under this definition, a car used to make pizza deliveries is a commercial vehicle. However, most commercial vehicles are larger than a pizza delivery car and the average passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles like vans, buses, garbage trucks, and semi-trucks, when fully loaded, can easily weigh 25 times more than the average car.
The size and weight of a commercial vehicle has a direct effect on the impact of an accident, and therefore, on the injuries and damages caused by the accident. Because commercial vehicles are, on average, much heavier than other vehicles on the road, they create a big impact in a crash. Smaller cars involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle take the brunt of the accident impact, and passengers in those vehicles are likely to suffer serious injuries.
Another reason that commercial vehicle accidents are dangerous is because many of these vehicles carry hazardous or flammable materials. In the event of a crash, materials can spill and may lead to toxic exposure or fires and explosions.
Injuries From Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Commercial vehicle accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, some of which are minor. However, because these types of accidents usually involve large, heavy vehicles, it is not unusual for Arlington accident victims to suffer serious or catastrophic injuries. Common injuries resulting from a commercial vehicle accident include:
- Broken bones
- Head or neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Traumatic spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
Commercial Vehicle Accident Damages
The types of injuries suffered in a commercial vehicle accident usually result in long-term or lifelong consequences. It is important that this is taken into consideration when pursuing damages through a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the details of each case, our Arlington clients may be due compensation for the following types of damages in the aftermath of a commercial vehicle accident:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Cost of therapy and rehabilitation
- Cost of assistive medical devices or equipment
- Lost wages
- Loss of wage-earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, Roger “Rocky” Walton can help you hold liable parties accountable for accident damages. To discuss the details of your case, send us a message online or call (817) 429-4299 and request a legal consultation.