18-wheeler, box trucks, dump trucks, long haul trailers and tractor trailers travel our Texas Roadways at a staggering pace. Although they make up a small portion of the total number of vehicles, due to their speed, size and weight accidents involving them tend to be devastating.
Statistics from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) show that large commercial trucks, also known as 18-wheelers, semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, are responsible for 12 percent of all traffic fatalities, even though they are only 3 percent of all registered vehicles.
The center also found that one out of every nine traffic fatalities involves a truck crash. Each year, nearly 5,000 trucks are involved in fatal traffic accidents across the U.S.
Furthermore, injuries sustained in truck and big rig accidents typically include fractures, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries – otherwise known as TBIs.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury in that was caused by someone else's negligence operating a commercial vehicle, under Texas law, you may be entitled to monetary recovery.
Traumatic Brain Injury Categories
Some of the most common types of issues related to traumatic brain injuries sustained in truck accident cases include the following:
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Cognitive impairments
- Short-term memory losses
- Long-term memory losses
- Loss of long-term ability to function
- Internal bleeding
Because traumatic brain injuries occur internally when an accident victim's brain makes contact with the skull, these injuries are oftentimes difficult to diagnose and treat.
Recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury
The 3 stages of recovery following a serious TBI include the following:
- Coma – During this phase, the person is unconscious and does not usually respond to external stimuli. The accident victim cannot communicate with anyone during this period.
- Vegetative State –During this phase, the person alternates between asleep and awake but may briefly respond to external stimuli.
- Minimal Consciousness –During this phase, the person may be able to respond to commands or reach for objects.
Due to the nature and varying extent of traumatic brain injuries, total recovery times are often difficult to predict.
Don't Delay seeking medical and legal advice
If you or someone you love sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a truck accident, you need quality legal representation in order to maximize your monetary recovery. A Houston motor vehicle accident lawyer will be able to assist you and your family with obtaining what you are entitled to via settlement or trial.