Large commercial trucks like big rigs, 18 wheelers, semi tractor trailers, tractor trailers, tandem trailers, and other large box trucks are very dangerous vehicle on our roadways. This is particularly true on our fast-moving roadways and interstates, particularly I-40, I-25, and I-10. When these large commercial vehicles violate traffic laws, FMCSA regulations, or the common law (judge-made) law, a serious New Mexico trucking accident could result in debilitating, permanent, and even fatal personal injuries to innocent victims. A broken back from a New Mexico trucking accident is one such serious, debilitating, and permanent injury.
In fact, a broken back or fractured back is one of the worst injuries. Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, we have handled many cases where victims of a New Mexico trucking accident have suffered a back injury. Our Albuquerque 18 wheeler crash lawyer knows how to argue both the applicable law and present the medical injuries to protect the rights of victims injured due to the negligence of another. Call today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights.
There are several different types of fractures that a victim with a broken back could sustain. All of these fractures are dangerous because they occur very close to the spinal cord. Injuries to the spinal cord are usually permanent and could result in loss of motor movement or function to portions of the body-including in severe cases from the neck down.
The two most common types of fractures include the following:
Compression Fracture – A compression fracture occurs when the entire vertebra collapses on itself. This is very dangerous because debris and shoot inwards into the hallow gap where the spinal cord is. Compression fractures always require surgery to remove debris and stabilize the other vertebra. Sometimes the space can be built back up with the remaining bone, other times implants may be required to preserve the space and continue to protect the nerves, vessels, and spinal cord. Compression fractures are also incredibly painful and may take months if not years to completely heal.
Wedge Fracture – A wedge fracture is like a compression fracture, however only one half of the vertebra compresses. This means that the one side will completely cave in on itself and may also force debris into the spinal cord. Wedge fractures also almost always result in surgery and may carry significant rehabilitation.
These types of fractures can easily be caused by a large box truck crash. This is because the force of an impact is so great that the individual vertebra, which are meant to protect the spinal cord and do a good job, may succumb to the extreme press and get crushed. These injuries are generally catastrophic injuries.
If you or a loved one have sustained a broken back due to a New Mexico trucking accident, please call us at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, lost earnings, property damage, modifications to your house or vehicles, and for many other damages which are related to your crash. Call our experienced Albuquerque 18 wheeler crash lawyer at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys today by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn what rights you may have. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.