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Types of brain injuries that can be caused by truck accidents

Finding yourself in the middle of a car accident is one of the most stressful situations out there. This situation can become even more stressful and tragic when the accident involves a truck. Trucks are much larger and heavier than vehicles, which is why these accidents are so tragic.

The types of brain injuries that victims of truck accidents can suffer vary based on the impact of the crash. One of the most common brain injuries is that of the concussion. A concussion is caused by direct impact to the head. A concussion in a truck accident can be caused by whiplash, by being hit with a piece of the car or truck, by slamming your head into the windshield or any other trauma.

A penetration injury is another common brain injury that can occur in a truck accident. A penetration injury is just that, when an item penetrates the victim's skull. This is an injury that can cause immediate death. If not fatal, a injury such as this can lead to long-term issues. In a truck accident, victims can become impaled by pieces of their own vehicle or the truck involved in the crash.

A contusion is caused by direct impact to the head, much like a concussion. A contusion is an injury that leads to bleeding in the brain. If blood clots at the site of the contusion, it can be fatal. That's why contusions most often need to be removed surgically.

Suffering an injury in a truck accident does not have to put you behind work and daily life. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and how the legal process will work when seeking compensation for those injuries in Jefferson.

Source: Findlaw, "Types of Brain Injury," accessed Nov. 02, 2017

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