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Truck Accidents are Likely to Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on May 5th, 2010

The life of a truck accident lawyer is quite busy. This is because there are about 90 accidents with big trucks everyday. This figure comes from the Unites States Department of Transportation, which states that a person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes in America.

When an 18 wheeler collides with a car, it’s no question that any other vehicles involved are going to be catastrophically damaged and any passengers will more than likely be horribly injured. Sometimes, the accident is so devastating that the people involved face amputation, paralysis, or traumatic brain injury. This is when you need an experienced Dallas truck accident lawyer by your side.

Three Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

 

  • Open injury – the brain is severely damaged. There is an open injury and the brain matter is exposed.
  • Closed injury – this is the most common kind. It is difficult to diagnose. In children, there might be no visible symptoms for many years.
  • Axonal injury – the axons of the brain are extended. However, there maybe no obvious damage to the tissues of the brain.

A competent Dallas auto accident lawyer has knowledge about the kinds of traumatic brain injury and can guide you in determining the strength of your case.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

  • Carelessness of the truck driver.
  • Truck may be overloaded and tip over.
  • A fatigued driver is one of the most dangerous persons on the road. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, from 20 to 40 percent of truck accidents are due to overworked drivers who are in dire need of urgent sleep or rest.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to the testing reports of the Insurance Institute for Traffic Safety, about 15 percent of interstate truck drivers were under the influence of marijuana while on the road, 12 percent had consumed non-prescription stimulants, five percent had consumed prescription stimulants, two percent had taken cocaine, and one percent or less had alcohol.
  • Presence of under-trained drivers on the road.

Only a good Dallas auto accident lawyer knows how to deal with cases related to traumatic brain injury that occurs because of a truck accident. Symptoms of this injury may take years to become apparent. At that point, it may be too late. If you are in an accident involving a truck, contact a Dallas personal injury attorney immediately to secure your rights.

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