A head-on collision with a large commercial truck often results in permanent injuries, disabilities, and death due to the weight and size of the truck.
Head-On Truck Collisions
Head-on truck collisions occur quite frequently, and when they do the consequences are often deadly. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2017 reports show the highest number of deaths from commercial truck crashes in 29 years. The largest increase in fatal crashes occurred in fully-loaded semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor trailers.
Head-on collisions with commercial trucks usually happen when one vehicle crosses over lanes of traffic and slams into an oncoming vehicle. When a heavy truck crashes into a passenger vehicle, it often rides over the top of the vehicle crushing occupants inside. In most override accidents seen by truck accident lawyers, the outcome is almost always deadly. If anyone survives, injury victims often face catastrophic injuries.
Head-on truck accidents usually occur at high speeds. When a 10,000 pound truck slams head-on into another vehicle at 60-70 mph, airbags deploy, gasoline tanks rupture, and chemical spills happen. Injury victims often suffer severe burns over 50% of their body,with permanent scarring and facial or body disfigurement.
Injury victims in head-on truck collisions suffer broken bones in multiple limbs that usually require surgery to repair damage. However, many victims suffer crushed or amputated limbs that can’t be repaired. These victims face a lifetime of medical bills from pain and suffering, disfigurement, and rehabilitation.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can affect all body systems, leaving victims at risk of serious and potentially fatal complications. When the spinal cord is damaged or severed, victims often face partial or total paralysis. A truck accident lawyer commonly sees victims of spinal cord injuries who require walkers, wheel chairs, and physical assistance to get around.
A head-on collision with an 18-wheeler can easily cause internal damages to different parts of the body. While internal injuries are common in truck collisions, certain injuries such as crushed or lacerated arteries, punctured lungs, and ruptured spleens can cause internal bleeding that leads to death for injury victims.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Head-on truck collisions often occur with such force, drivers and passenger’s heads get smashed into the steering wheel, windshield, or dashboard. When smaller cars run under the truck, occupants can even be decapitated. Truck accident lawyers often see traumatic brain injuries that lead to lifelong pain and physical and emotional disabilities.