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Truck accidents are common in Orlando and central Florida, and unfortunately can lead to severe injuries for all parties involved. Commercial trucks (also known as semi trucks or tractor-trailers) are behemoths of the road, dwarfing any other passenger vehicle and requiring special, careful handling. If a truck goes out of control for any reason, the damage can be significant. In addition, fatalities are much more common in truck accidents.
Some of the most common types of injuries that result from truck accidents can include:
- Spinal injuries: Herniated discs and lumbar spinal issues that require surgery are very common in trucking accidents.
- Burns: These occur most often when the truck involved is transporting a hazardous material or liquid that is highly flammable. Burns can be severe and disfiguring, and may also require extensive surgery.
- Musculoskeletal injuries: Broken bones and strained muscles are common following truck accidents.
- Brain injuries: The brain may be injured due to concussion or a fractured skull caused by a collision. Brain injuries can be catastrophic, so it's important to get medical help as soon as possible if a brain injury is suspected.
Truck accidents almost always result in some type of injury. Even if you don't think you've been injured, seek medical evaluation as soon as possible, as some injuries may have a delayed onset.
When Do Truck Accidents Most Often Occur?
It may be surprising to learn that most truck accident injuries occur in rural areas during the daytime. This is because truck drivers tend to be more cautious in cities, since there are more vehicles on the road, potentially dangerous intersections, construction, and slower speed limits. In a rural area, truck drivers may be less cautious since they think there is less to pay attention to.
In addition to being less cautious and observant overall, drivers may engage in distracted driving such as texting, talking on the phone, or eating during rural stretches of highway. Plus, these long stretches of boring road are conducive to drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
What Should You Do If You've Been In a Truck Accident?
The first thing to do after you've been injured in a truck accident in Orlando is to call an experienced attorney. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter have handled truck and auto accident claims for years, and know how to fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at 407-712-7300 to schedule your free initial consultation. We serve Orlando and other central Florida locations.