Accidents involving large commercial trucks often result in severe injuries for those involved. This is especially true for those inside traditional passenger vehicles that may get caught up and these incidents. One of the most severe injuries that can occur in these situations is a spinal cord injury from truck. Here, we want to discuss why spinal cord injuries are more likely to occur in these types of crashes than other types of vehicle accidents. We also want to discuss the true cost of spinal cord injuries for victims.
When we examined data available from the Arizona Department of Transportation, we can see that there were 1,481 total tractor-trailer accidents recorded across the state during the latest reporting year. Out of these incidents, there were 61 fatal crashes and 323 injury-causing crashes.
The reality is that large commercial trucks often result in severe injuries for those inside traditional passenger cars affected by the collision. A semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. A spinal cord injury can occur anytime a person’s body is jolted around as a result of a collision. In some cases, a spinal cord injury may be relatively minor and only involve a whiplash-type of injury. However, the brutal nature of a semi-truck crash often means that those involved sustained severe spinal cord trauma that results in some level of paralysis.
Spinal cord injury victims and their families will have to contend with significant expenses. Data available from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) shows us that the first year of medical care for a spinal cord injury can range anywhere from $380,000 to more than $1.1 million. Each additional year of medical care can range anywhere from $46,000 to more than $200,000.
However, medical bills are not the only expenses that semi-truck crash spinal cord injury victims have to contend with. Some of the other “hidden expenses” associated with these situations revolve around:
We would be remiss if we did not talk about the unimaginable physical and emotional pain and suffering associated with these injuries. Spinal cord injury victims often can no longer participate in the same activities that they were able to before the injury occurred. Not only does this include work, but this also includes everyday activities like spending time with family, participating in hobbies, or even walking to the mailbox and back. There is no way to properly quantify how a spinal cord injury can affect a person’s life.
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a semi-truck collision caused by the actions of a truck driver or trucking company, reach out to David Shapiro Law, PLLC, a Scottsdale truck accident attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can conduct a complete investigation into the claim and gather the evidence needed to prove liability. They will also work with trusted medical professionals who can help properly evaluate the injury victim. A skilled lawyer will engage in vigorous negotiations with the insurance carriers involved in order to recover the compensation their client needs.