Trucking accidents in Kentucky can lead to a wide range of injuries due to various factors such as the size and speed of the trucks involved. For example, a typical commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds or more. When a truck collides with a smaller vehicle, the sheer mass difference is a key factor in causing severe injuries.
Also, many truck accidents occur on highways and major roads, where vehicles often travel at high speeds. The combination of speed and mass intensifies the potential for catastrophic collisions.
Head and brain injuries
About 1 in every 5,747 Kentucky residents dies in a fatal traffic collision on a public road in the state, and about 1 in 154 residents becomes hurt in traffic accidents. The impact of a truck collision can cause occupants to hit their heads, resulting in concussions.
More severe accidents can lead to traumatic brain injuries, potentially affecting a person’s cognitive and motor functions. Even minor head injuries can have long-lasting effects.
Spinal cord injuries
The abrupt deceleration or impact can cause the discs between spinal vertebrae to rupture (herniated discs). In severe cases, spinal cord injuries can lead to partial or complete paralysis.
The massive size and weight of trucks create substantial forces during an accident, increasing the likelihood of spinal injuries.
Fractures and broken bones
High-speed truck accidents can result in open (compound) fractures where the bone breaks through the skin. Additionally, the force of impact can cause multiple fractures throughout the body.
The sudden impact can cause damage to internal organs or cause them to rupture. Blunt force trauma can also result in internal bleeding, which may not be immediately apparent.
Trucks may carry hazardous materials, and accidents can lead to chemical spills and burns. For example, collisions can cause fuel tanks to rupture, leading to fires and burn injuries.
In addition, survivors and witnesses may experience emotional trauma such as PTSD, impacting their mental well-being.