Brain Injuries After a Phoenix Semi-Truck Accident
One severe and long-lasting outcome of Phoenix semi-truck accidents are traumatic brain injuries (TBI). This type of catastrophic injury can leave permanent damages that fundamentally alter the lives of you and your family members.
Holding trucking companies and their drivers responsible for their actions in causing these types of injuries can be key to getting the care that the injured person needs. Contact your brain injury lawyers at Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., today to learn more about the legal help that we can offer you and your family.
Semi-Truck Accidents Can Cause Severe and Permanent Injuries
Semi-truck accidents often cause accidents that are more catastrophic than those accidents involving regular passenger vehicles. The sheer weight, size, and power of semi-trucks tends to dwarf other vehicles around them. As a result, when a semi-truck stops suddenly, leaves its lane, or hits another vehicle, the results can be disastrous for occupants of other vehicles.
While semi-truck drivers often have some protection from a crash due to being seated up high and away from the major impact of the crash, other drivers and passengers have no such advantage. Many vehicles can partially or fully fit under semi-trucks, which leads to catastrophic injuries for vehicle occupants when a semi-truck crash occurs.
Brain Injuries Are a Common Catastrophic Injury in Semi-Truck Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur whenever a person suffers a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating injury to the head. One of the most common causes of TBIs is motor vehicles accidents.
Some of the symptoms that can result from TBIs can include:
- Blurred vision
- Inability to concentrate
- Sleep difficulty
- Memory loss
- Dizziness and disorientation
TBIs may be mild, moderate, or severe. Moderate or severe TBI may require ongoing medical treatment to help with recovery and can result in long-term or lifelong effects on a person’s life. The most severe TBIs can result in difficulty functioning and engaging in major life activities, such as walking and caring for oneself.
Liability of Trucking Companies for Accidents Causing Brain Injuries
Trucking companies that employ truck drivers are responsible for the actions of their drivers, even if those drivers act negligently, or with careless disregard for the safety of others. In a semi-accident case, accident victims typically must provide evidence showing that the truck driver was negligent in causing the accident that led to their injuries. More specifically, you must show that:
- The truck driver owed you a duty of care;
- The truck driver did something that breached that duty of care;
- The breach in the duty of care caused your injuries;
- You suffered damages as a result of your injuries.
All drivers, including truck drivers, have a duty to operate their vehicles in a manner that is safe for others, including following all safety laws and regulations. When drivers fail to do so, they can be liable for accidents that they cause, including the injuries that they cause to others.
We Are Here to Handle Your Semi-Truck Accident Case
We know how confusing and overwhelming it can be in the aftermath of a catastrophic semi-truck accident. You are likely trying to determine the extent of your injuries and your options for treatment, deal with property damage to your vehicle, and handle various legal matters. The catastrophic accident attorneys at Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., are here to help you throughout the process of filing a claim and getting compensation for your losses after a semi-truck accident. Call us today at 602-530-8400 or visit us online. Allow us to handle your legal matters while you focus on recovering from your injuries.