Your spinal cord is one of the most important structures in your body that most people do not consider until they have an injury. This is the longest segment of your central nervous system, and originates at the base of your brain/skull and extends down into your lumbar back (lower back). This is the major signal highway between your peripheral nerves and your brain. Your spinal cord is encased in a column of hardened bone which is meant to protect it from the most powerful of impacts. Unfortunately, even a low speed rear end Albuquerque truck crash could result in significant injury to your spinal cord. This could be due to a whiplash injury, or the sheer impact of a heavy 18 wheeler. Coupled with the fact that a rear end auto accident places undue stress on the spine, when a large big rig is involved the likelihood of serious injury if high.
If you have suffered spinal cord injuries after a rear end Albuquerque truck crash, please call our New Mexico personal injuries lawyer at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys to learn how we can help you. Our experienced Albuquerque truck crash lawyer offers a FREE consultation so you can understand what your rights to compensation are for your present and future injuries. Call us by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn more.
Most people know that the vehicle causing the rear end crash will be liable to the vehicle it is hitting from behind. This is both under New Mexico common law, or judge-made law, and under New Mexico statutory law, or legislatively-made law. Whether the driving causing the rear end crash was distracted by his or her cell phone or claims that the brakes failed, it is going to be the fault of that rear vehicle almost always. This means that driver will be liable to pay compensation for the back injuries.
Unfortunately, a rear end auto accident is likely to cause some type of neck or back injury. This is simply because of the significant impact of the collision and the vulnerable position of the body. Most commonly is a whiplash injury, which is when the head and neck is violently forced forwards and then immediately snapped backwards. This caused micro tears in the neck’s muscles and tendons, as well as causing injuries to the vertebrae’s discs.
Since your spinal cord is housed inside of those vertebrae, your spinal cord could sustain serious, permanent, and debilitating injury after a rear end collision. This is particularly true after an 18 wheeler wreck because of the sheer momentum and force that these large box trucks generate. This means that your spinal cord will be stretched harder and further in a rear end collision, making the whiplash more damaging.
Significant injuries could result in damage to the spinal cord which partially severs or completely severs the spinal cord. This means that a victim could lose function or sensation in parts of his or her body which are below the spinal cord injury. This is because the signals will be “shut off” or unable to send back and forth from the peripheral nervous system to the central nervous system.
If this happened to you, please call our New Mexico truck crash lawyers at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys to learn how we can help you after a serious Albuquerque truck crash. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Lordsburg, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else. Call the NM Truck Accident Attorneys by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.