Even the most cautious drivers may be concerned about being in a tractor-trailer accident. The semi-truck is large enough to inflict significant damage to any vehicle it collides with, even sturdy models like super-duty pickup trucks. The injuries Minnesota victims sustain in such accidents can be severe and may result in permanent disabilities.
Injuries and truck accidents
Colliding with a tractor-trailer can result from many different actions. The truck’s excessive blind spot can lead it to hit a smaller car while changing lanes without noticing the other vehicle. Speeding can also lead to the truck rear-ending another car, resulting in injuries such as whiplash, head trauma, lacerations, and fractures. These impacts on the human body can damage bones and ligaments, and broken glass and debris can cause bleeding.
After a motor vehicle accident, some people may only have minor injuries that can be treated with basic first aid. However, others may have more serious injuries, such as spinal fractures or broken necks, which can lead to permanent disabilities. It’s also possible to have internal injuries, including internal bleeding, that can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated properly. For this reason, seeking medical attention after any vehicle accident is highly recommended.
Liabilities and truck accidents
As mentioned earlier, truck drivers can cause motor vehicle accidents due to their careless behavior. For instance, accidents resulting from drunk or reckless driving may result in the driver being held liable for damages. The compensation sought by the injured parties can be substantial, especially if they incurred huge medical bills and lost wages. In some cases, the driver’s conduct may be so egregious that it can also lead to a pain and suffering claim being added to the lawsuit.
Auto liability insurance settlements can cover the victim’s losses. However, some injuries can be so severe that the victim may sue above policy limits or seek punitive damages.