Did You Suffer a TBI After a Trucking Accident? Call Our Trucking Accident Lawyers in Albuquerque, NM For Help
There are many types of personal injuries that could happen in a motor vehicle accident. These personal injuries are magnified in trucking accidents with large commercial vehicles like 18 wheelers, box trucks, flat beds, semi-tractor trailers, and other big rigs due to their heavy weight and large size. One of the most devastating types of personal injuries is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Victims who suffer a TBI after a trucking accident in New Mexico due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. However, without an experienced trucking accident lawyer in New Mexico to help you, most insurance adjusters will not give you the full amount that you may be entitled to under the law.
But here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced trucking accident lawyers have over 30 years of experience representing victims and their families after serious or catastrophic personal injury accidents—including cases involving a TBI after a trucking accident in New Mexico. We have a proven track record of success handling some of the most significant and devastating injuries, including against some of the largest trucking carriers and insurance carriers in New Mexico—if not the United States. Learn how we can help you during a FREE consultation with our experienced trucking accident lawyers in Albuquerque, NM.
Why Trucking Accidents Are Different
While all motor vehicle accidents can result in serious and devastating personal injuries, trucking accidents are simply more likely to cause catastrophic harm or the wrongful death of an innocent person. This is because large trucks have considerably more momentum due to their heavier weight than a smaller, passenger vehicle. This momentum generates force that is dispersed in a collision, causing damage that can fracture the strongest bones, causing spinal cord injuries, and result in irreparable harm to the brain.
What are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as “an injury that affects how the brain works. It may be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head,” or by a penetrating injury to the head. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common ways to sustain a TBI, which there are over 223,000 TBI-related hospitalizations and 61,000 TBI-related deaths each year in the United States.
Medical providers classify TBIs as mild, moderate, or severe depending on the extent of the injury and the level of disability sustained by the victim. However, our trucking accident lawyers in Albuquerque, New Mexico want victims and their families to realize that there is no such thing as a “mild” brain injury—all brain injuries are significant.
Types of TBIs After a Trucking Accident
There are many different types of TBIs that a victim of a motor vehicle accident could sustain, particularly an 18-wheeler wreck. All types of TBIs cause similar but still very different symptoms and disabilities. The extent of the symptoms and level of the disability is dependent on the level of damage to the brain.
Some of the most common types of TBIs that a victim could sustain after a motor vehicle accident include the following:
Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries
A coup-contrecoup TBI after a trucking accident is a very serious type of brain injury because it typically results in damage on two sides of the brain. It occurs due to a whiplash motion when the brain is caused to slide back and forth in the skull, such as in a rear-end collision. The head (and brain) will slide away from the point of impact and then “whip” backward to the point of impact.
When this happens, the brain can slide inside of the skull and strike both ends of the skull with force significant enough to cause damage. The more violent the collision, the more forceful the brain will slide into the skull.
Coup-contrecoup brain injuries are very dangerous because they can result in increased intracranial pressure which can damage important blood vessels and structures in the brain.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
A diffuse axonal injury, or DAI, is a common TBI after a trucking accident or other high-speed motor vehicle accident. This type of injury is caused by ripping, tearing, or sheering of brain tissue and neural connections in the brain. The more forceful and powerful the impact, the more likely that these pathways and connections will be damaged.
Like coup-contrecoup injuries, DAIs will cause an increase in intracranial pressure because of widespread swelling throughout the brain. This is a very serious type of TBI that is often life-threatening.
Although concussions may be considered to be a minor or even common TBI, particularly due to the way concussions are handled in professional sports where players can return after high-impact head injuries, they are still very serious and can be disabling or even fatal. Victims in a passenger vehicle suffering this type of TBI after a trucking accident in New Mexico are not professional athletes and are not wearing protective helmets to prevent injuries.
As a result, concussions can cause cognitive, emotional, and physical distributions in the way a person’s body functions. Even a “mild” concussion can have devastating impacts on a victim and his or her family. All concussions can result in compensation for victims if the concussion was caused by the negligence of a defendant and resulted in damages to a victim.
Other Types of Serious TBIs after a Trucking Accident in New Mexico
There are many different types of TBIs that our experienced trucking accident lawyers in Albuquerque, NM can handle for you. Some of the other types of TBIs include the following:
- Brain bleeds
- Penetrating brain injuries
- Brain hemorrhaging
- TBIs causing vision issues (optic nerve damage)
- Brain swelling
- Brain contusions
- Anoxic brain injuries
- Hypoxic brain injuries, and
- Many other serious types of TBIs and injuries to the brain that are disabling.
Did You or a Loved One Suffer a TBI After a Trucking Accident in New Mexico? We Can Help
With over 30 years of experience, our compassionate and experienced trucking accident lawyers in Albuquerque, NM have dedicated their personal injury law firm to helping victims and their families. We offer FREE consultations, pay the upfront costs of litigation, and only get our counsel fees paid from a percentage of what we recover for you—and only after we recover it for you in a settlement, verdict, or any other award. Call to schedule your free appointment 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.