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Large commercial trucks can cause a multitude of different injuries to victims in trucking accidents. One of the most painful and debilitating injuries are facial injuries. Facial injuries in trucking accidents are also some of the worst injuries to a victim. These types of injuries are common because large trucks sit higher than smaller passenger vehicles. This frequently sprays broken glass, twisted metal, and other shrapnel directly into the faces of the occupants of smaller cars. Victims can suffer an array of facial injuries, but the worst three injuries that our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyerhas seen include the following:
Cranial Nerve Injuries – The head and face has twelve (12) cranial nerves which govern a wide range of functions. Some of these functions include smell, vision, eye movement, facial expressions, hearing, balance, shoulder relevant and head-turning, tongue movement, and oral sensation, taste, and salivation. Injuries to a cranial nerve caused by a trucking crash can severe, impair, or otherwise damage the nerve. This means that the nerve will not be able to properly function, or not function at all. For a person’s face, and for the important functions that the cranial nerves perform, these types of nerve injuries can and likely will impair a person’s daily customary activities. There could be severe and sharp pain, or a complete numbness. The effect can be absolutely horrifying for victims, particularly young children.
Orbital Blowout Fractures – One fo the most painful fractures and one of the scariest fractures may be an orbital blowout fracture. This is where the cheekbone is crushed to the point where the bottom of the eye socket (the orbit) is crushed and collapsed. The eye can be either forced into that hole of jagged bone, or slowly sink into it. Irreparable damage can be done to the eye. Repair of this surgery almost always requires immediate surgery with painful hardware. Victims will likely undergo several other surgeries to repair damage to the eyelids, cheeks, and sometimes even the jaw/roof of the mouth. The scarring and lasting pain result in significant pain and suffering, medical bills, and future rehabilitation.
Vision Damage/Loss – Since trucking crashes usually result in significant force, this means that debris is likely to be launched into the face of the victim. This means that people can have damage to their eyes which are unrepairable. Vision loss is traumatizing, especially to children, and can leave a person feeling helpless. These are also incredibly painful injuries and will result in massive medical bills. The danger of a trucking accident is that, even if the debris does not cause the vision loss, because many large commercial trucks hold dangerous payloads like chemicals or a lot of fuel to drive the truck long distances, secondary injuries caused by these dangers may result in vision loss. This is unique to other types of vehicle crashes which do not transport dangerous cargo or large amounts of fuel.
Trucking accidents result in powerful explosions. A victim in a trucking wreck is likely to suffer serious injuries, particularly to one’s face. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced Albuquerque trucking accident attorneys at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys today 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.