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By Joseph Dell
Managing Partner

Due to their size and power, truck accidents tend to result in serious injuries. Commercial trucks often weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds, meaning that they present a serious danger to other vehicles on the road. There are many causes of truck accidents, including driver fatigue, distracted driving, poor vehicle maintenance, mechanical failure, and more. In this article, we examine common injuries sustained from truck accidents. 

Head and Brain Injuries

Head trauma is a common result of truck accidents. Brain and head injuries, which are sometimes fatal, can occur even when no direct trauma to the head is present, such as in the case of whiplash. Head and brain injuries are particularly dangerous because they don’t always present immediate symptoms, which can result in victims failing to seek immediate medical attention. 

Neck and Back Injuries

Truck accidents also frequently result in neck and back injuries, both minor and serious. Such injuries often prevent victims from going to work and participating in daily activities, making it important for victims suffering from these ailments to seek legal recourse. 

Seat Belt Injuries

Although seat belts are designed to protect drivers and passengers, they can also cause injuries in truck accidents, such as whiplash and internal injuries. 

Internal Injuries

Internal injuries are among the most serious injuries suffered in truck accidents. The powerful impact experienced by truck accident victims can result in damage to internal organs, and these injuries are often difficult to immediately identify due to their lack of immediate symptoms. 

Amputation and Disfigurement

Truck accident victims also sometimes suffer disfigurement and amputation. These injuries are typically the result of the high-impact forces involved in truck collisions. Such injuries, which result in alterations to the body’s structure or loss of limbs, can have profound psychological and physical consequences for victims.


Burns are another serious injury that truck accident victims often suffer, particularly when flammable cargo is present, such as petroleum or gasoline products.  

Broken Bones

Due to the substantial impact involved in truck accidents, victims routinely suffer broken bones and fractures. Common types of broken bones include broken arms, legs, hands, and feet. Breaks and fractures suffered in truck accidents often require immediate medical care and extensive rehabilitation. 

Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis

Finally, spinal cord injuries and paralysis are among the most serious injuries a victim can suffer in a truck accident. These injuries occur when the impact of a collision damages the delicate tissues of the spinal cord. These types of injuries, which can result in paralysis of the limbs or the entire body, are often life-altering. 

Contact a Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer 

If you are the victim of a truck accident in New York, Dell & Dean, PLLC, is here for you. When you come to us for assistance with your New York truck accident case, we will diligently represent you and do everything possible to obtain financial compensation on your behalf. Please contact us to arrange a confidential meeting with an experienced New York personal injury lawyer

About the Author
Joseph G. Dell, the firm’s Managing Partner, is regarded as one of New York State’s top trial lawyers and a zealous advocate of those injured through the negligence of others. Having founded the firm in 1994 with the singular goal of leveling the playing field for those injured, Mr. Dell has worked tirelessly for his clients since its inception. In addition to meeting with clients on a daily basis and trying cases, Mr. Dell is a frequent lecturer at Law School and Bar Associations on cases of significant importance in the fields of negligence and medical malpractice. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can contact Mr. Dell here.