Due to the size and weight of commercial trucks, when these vehicles are involved in accidents, unfortunately, catastrophic injuries are very possible.
Continue reading to learn more about the relationship between truck accidents and catastrophic injuries.
According to 42 USCS § 3796b, the legal definition of a catastrophic injury is any injury with “direct and proximate consequences” that “permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”
Said simply, a catastrophic injury is one that is so severe that its impacts prompt lifelong damage. The following are some examples of catastrophic injuries:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Many forms of birth injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Permanent scarring and disfiguration
- Chronic illnesses
Fully loaded trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (lbs), which means that when these large, heavy machines collide with other objects, they are likely to cause serious damage.
Compare that to the average car, which weighs between 3,000 and 5,000 lbs. When breaking this information down, it’s easy to see why truck drivers have an advantage over passenger car drivers.
In essence, passenger car drivers are much more likely to sustain serious bodily harm in the form of catastrophic injuries when they collide with large trucks than truck drivers are.
Pursuing Compensation for a Catastrophic Injury
Dealing with the aftermath of a catastrophic injury can be very stressful. These types of injuries tend to warrant thousands of dollars in medical bills for treatment and hospitalization.
Unfortunately, these medical bills likely won’t end for a very long time, if at all. Rehabilitation is typically necessary with these sorts of injuries and may last for a very long time, if not forever.
Specifically, patients with brain injuries may require extensive rehabilitation in order to live a normal life again.
If you’ve sustained a catastrophic injury as a result of a truck accident or any other type of accident, you may be owed compensation. Our attorneys here at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC are highly skilled in the area of personal injury law and have helped many other people in similar situations achieve justice. Let us see if we can help you, too. Don’t delay—contact our office with your case right away.
Call the New York lawyers at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC today at (845) 763-4100 to speak with an accomplished attorney about your case.