Understanding Fractures and Broken Bones from Albuquerque Trucking Accidents
The force of an impact with an 18 wheeler is significant and catastrophic. This is particularly true on fast-moving highways and thruways like I-40, I-25, and I-25, where the force of impact is magnified by the heavy weight fo the big rig. Because of these facts, it is more likely that serious personal injury may occur to a victim in a smaller passenger vehicle. This commonly includes broken bones. Some of the most commonly broken bones in an Albuquerque trucking accident include the following:
- Humerus (arm bone);
- Femur (upper leg bone);
- Radius/Ulna (lower arm/wrist bones);
- Tibia/fibula (lower leg);
- Sternum; and
- Many other bones.
Victims how have broken these bones in a serious Albuquerque trucking accident may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, surgical costs, lost wages, lost earnings (if cannot perform the same job and take a pay cut), loss of society of their family and loved ones, and many other potential damages.
There are several different types of broken bones which would occur due to an Albuquerque trucking accident. These different types include the following:
- Open fracture – this is when the fracture pierces through the skin due to the broken bone, and generally results in very serious injury;
- Closed fracture – when the fracture does not break the skin;
- Transverse fracture – this fracture has a horizontal break across the bone;
- Oblique fracture – this is a fracture that has an angle across it;
- Comminuted fracture – this is a type of fracture wherein the bone breaks and shatters into multiple pieces;
- Spiral fracture – this fracture is in an angle around the bone which creates a corkscrew break, like a spiral staircase;
- Other types of fractures.
Victims Suffering Fractured Bones From Albuquerque Trucking Accidents May Have a Claim for Compensation
The most common fractures occur to the limbs in a trucking accident. But the most damaging types of injuries are those to the pelvis, back, or skull. This is particularly true of a skull or back injury which is likely to be life threatening and result in significant pain and suffering. Therefore, victims are entitled to compensation for many types of damages caused by a big rig crash. Some of these common damages include the following:
- Pain and suffering – this is the main type of damages in any personal injury action which is intended to compensate a victim for the conscious pain and suffering, physical agony, and emotional distress of the injuries;
- Medical bills – victims who have a broken bone will have significant medical bills, particularly when the patient is required to undergo an open reduction which is surgery using rods, plates, screws, pins, and other objects;
- Lost wages – victims who lose time from work will be able to be compensated for their lost wages;
- Lost earnings – when a victim of an Albuquerque trucking accident loses his or her job and must take a lower paying job due to the injuries sustained in the box truck wreck, victims will be entitled to compensation for the difference of the pre-accident and post-accident salaries;
- Loss of services – victims seriously injured will not be able to participate in family activities or in activities with their spouse, including loss of relations, loss of assistance around the house, and loss of companionship; and
- Many other damages.
Broke a Bone in an Albuquerque Trucking Accident? Call the NM Truck Accident Attorneys
Victims who have suffered a broken bone as a result of the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company should the NM Truck Accident Attorneys to learn how we can help protect their rights to compensation. Our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident attorneys can help protect your rights to compensation in a FREE consultation. Please call to schedule your free appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.