Large commercial vehicles can result in horrible personal injuries in even low speed crashes. But most commercial vehicle accidents with big rigs, 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, and other box trucks do not occur at low speed, they occur at a moderate or high speed on highways and interstates like I-40, I-25, or I-10. The truth is that 18 wheeler crashes are powerful and can result in devastating injuries at any speed. One of the most common injuries in any Albuquerque, New Mexico motor vehicle accident is a back injury. Learn about the different types of back injuries from our New Mexico lawyers available here.
Understanding the Back
The back is very important. It is primarily made up of the spinal column which is the stack of vertebrae that go from below your hips to the base of your skull. The vertebrae protected the spinal cord, which is a messenger super highway between your brain and the rest of your body. This bones are very strong to protect this very important part of your body.
The spinal column is made up into several parts. The top-most part is the cervical spine, which is your neck. The next section is the middle of your back which is called the thoracic spine. The lower part of your back is the lumbar spine. Below that is the sacrum and coccyx which are in your hips and form your tailbone.
Types of Back Injuries
There are many possible types of back injuries which could be caused by 18 wheeler wrecks in Albuquerque, New Mexico trucking accidents. This includes the following types of back injuries:
- Back sprains and strains – this is damage to the back muscles, tendons, and ligaments which are caused by physical damage, stretched, torn, or pulled structures.
- Slipped discs or herniated discs – in between each of the vertebrae are cushioned discs. These protect the bones and create flexibility. They also allow for nerves to sneak out around the spinal column and to extend out of the spinal cord and throughout the body. But when there is a violent collision, these discs can slip out of place and cause serious personal injury and damage to the nerves. This can also cause the disc to protrude and cause extreme pain, limitations of range of motion, and other disability.
- Ruptured disc – this is when the force of the 18 wheeler wreck is so strong that the cushioning disc actually ruptures and becomes damaged.
- Nerve injuries – because the pain has a lot of nerves coming out of it, damage to the spinal column can really cause significant damage to the nerves, including pinched nerves or nerve compressions.
Any Type of Back Injury Victim Should Ask Our Albuquerque, NM 18 Wheeler Wreck Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a trucking accident case and suffered any type of back injury listed above or any possible back injury, please call to schedule your FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 883-5000. We handle causes throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico. Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000 or contact us through our website’s easy to use and convenient contact box available here.