San Diego Truck Related Injuries

The trucking industry annually transports an incredible amount of goods and services across the country, contributing to a significant portion of our economy. San Diego County is a hub of trucking industry, and the interface between commercial trucks, passenger vehicles and pedestrians can often cause devastating accidents. In general, commercial trucks and trailers weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds while a passenger vehicle may way as little as 3,000 pounds. Federal data from 2008 states that 11% of all motor vehicle fatalities involved large trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds, while according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every 16 minutes a person in the US is either injured or killed in an accident with a large truck. Collisions that involve heavily loaded trucks and trailers with passenger vehicles or pedestrians can result in extreme injury and even fatalities. The massive size difference between a commercial truck and a smaller passenger vehicle translates to extensive bodily harm that result in the following potential injuries:

Neck and Spinal Injuries: Neck and spinal injuries can ruin a person’s life forever. Resulting nerve damage and constant pain can render them unable to work or to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. They may require reconstructive surgery and pain mitigation that can take months, sometimes even years to heal from.

Whiplash: Whiplash from a truck related accident is a common occurrence, whereby the impact of the truck sends a victim’s body lurching forward in an unnatural manner, affecting the integrity of their spine and causing longstanding or permanent damage.

Broken Bones, Dislocation and Amputation: When an 80,000 pound trailer collides with a 3,000 pound passenger vehicle, severe injuries often occur. In the collision, bones are frequently broken and/or dislocated, requiring surgery, possible amputation and lengthy recovery times.

Lacerations, Contusions and Abrasions: Perhaps most common in a truck related accident are lacerations, contusions and abrasions. With glass and metal flying, victims often require reconstructive cosmetic surgery.

Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries: Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries are severe and may permanently impair the motor functions and quality of life for truck accident victims. Ongoing cognitive therapy is often required to regain the basic communication and motor functions necessary to everyday life.

Wrongful Death: In some severed cases, injuries sustained in a truck related accident may be so severe that they result in fatalities. The aftermath of a wrongful death scenario is devastating to the surviving members of the victim’s family who are left to grieve alongside huge medical and funerary expenses.

Contact a San Diego Trucking Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck related accident, it is essential that you align yourself with an attorney well versed in California specific laws with a proven track record of success in litigating truck accidents. Trucking accidents are time sensitive and require immediate action to insure the protection of your rights. Because trucking companies and insurance agencies will do their best to avoid liability and full compensation, speak to one of our skilled attorneys at the San Diego Law Offices of Daniel A. Gibalevich today for a free consultation by calling (323) 947-2224.