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Serious Injuries You Can Suffer in an Illinois Truck Accident

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Your doctor is going to tell you exactly what injuries you suffered in your truck crash. It is important to get prompt medical attention so that you can be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. This may help prevent further medical complications and it could help you manage your pain.

Our experienced lawyers have worked with people who have suffered all sorts of injuries in truck accidents. No one type of injury is worse than another or more deserving of legal recovery. Instead, we believe that each of our clients deserves a full and fast recovery for each of the unique injuries that they have suffered and that it is our duty to make sure that they get those recoveries.

What Kinds of Injuries Commonly Follow A Truck Accident?

In 2015 (the most recent year for which complete statistics are available), 1,914 truck crashes on Illinois roads resulted in a total of 2,651 injuries. Some of the serious injuries suffered in Illinois truck accidents include:

  • Brain injuries. There are different ways that a traumatic brain injury can occur in a truck crash. The force of the accident may cause the brain to collide violently with the skull or the head may collide with the steering wheel, another part of the car, or another object. The effects can be mild or severe and temporary or permanent. Your recovery depends on what part of the brain was hurt and the extent of the injury.
  • Spinal cord injuries. If the spinal cord is stretched or torn in an accident, then a spinal cord injury may occur. Spinal cord injuries may be irreversible and they can leave you paralyzed below the point of injury. The costs of medical care, personal care, lost income, and other expenses can be high and may continue for the rest of your life.
  • Broken bones. Any bone can break in a truck wreck. It is important to talk to your doctor about your treatment options, including casting and physical therapy, and about whether you face any potential problems in the future as a result of your injury.
  • Burn injuries. If a truck or your vehicle catches fire or if the truck cargo is combustible, then you may suffer a burn injury in a truck crash. Burns can be painful and dangerous injuries that require extensive medical treatment and that can result in lasting disfigurement.
  • Amputations. Whether your amputation occurs at the scene of the crash or later due to infection or significant nerve damage, the effect is the same. You must learn to live without the use of your arm, hand, finger, leg, foot, or toe.
  • Respiratory injuries. If you suffer a collapsed lung injury or if you breathe in toxic materials that were being transported by the truck, then you could suffer respiratory injuries that have a significant impact on your health.

Additionally, a truck accident can result in death. 90 people were killed in Illinois truck accidents during 2015. These deaths included 7 people in tractor-trailers, 74 people in other vehicles, seven pedestrians, and two pedacyclists.

How to Protect Your Recovery If You Were Hurt or If You Lost a Loved One in an Illinois Truck Wreck

The trucking company or its insurer is not going to offer you a fair settlement unless you fight for it. Its goal is to minimize your recovery in order to maximize its own profits.

Our goal, however, is to get you the fair and just recovery that you deserve. Our attorneys know how to conduct thorough investigations in complicated truck accident cases and we fight hard to protect the rights of each and every client we represent.

In order to protect your rights and fight for your recovery, we need you to contact us as soon as possible after the truck accident occurs. Your time to file a lawsuit is limited by the Illinois Statute of Limitations. You owe it to yourself to speak with an experienced truck accident injury attorney. Let us help you take action before the law prevents you from doing so. Contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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