Truck accidents are one of the leading causes of brain injuries. The brain can be damaged either from an accident that causes an object to pierce the skull, or from an impact causing the head to violently hit an object.

How truck accidents can injure the brain

According to the Brain Injury Institute: “The greatest impact in a car accident is when your head hits the windshield. Your resulting injury could be closed head, meaning your skull is not fractured, or open head where the skull is penetrated.” While open head injuries may initially appear more serious, closed head injuries can be very traumatic.

The brain can be damaged from closed head accidents that cause extreme forward/backward jerking, or after hitting the head against the steering wheel, door, or other parts of the car.  Closed head brain injuries can bruise or tear brain tissue. In addition, there is risk of internal bleeding and swelling, which may require surgery.

Concussion is the most common closed head injury caused by car and truck accidents. The person may temporarily lose consciousness or lapse into a coma. In fact, most traumatic brain injuries come from closed head injuries – they can cause temporary or permanent damage to physical, emotional and cognitive abilities.

What to do if you are a victim of a truck accident

It’s important to know that symptoms from a brain injury caused by a truck accident or any other accident may not appear right away. But over a matter of days or weeks, signs can develop, which can include motor and sensory problems, headaches, and nausea, among others. Emergency rooms can miss a proper diagnosis, so it’s important if you develop symptoms, or they worsen, that you get the proper testing. 

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If your car accident was caused by another person or driver, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer to help protect your legal rights. Securing funds can help pay for medical expenses, and other costs such as lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. A brain injury can require years of treatment, if not a lifetime. To make sure you get the compensation you need, contact Richard J. Serpe  for a free consultation today.

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