displaced compound arm fracture x-rayTruck accidents can cause devastating injuries for those in the car that was hit and can even prove fatal. If you have come out of a truck accident with broken bones, you may feel fortunate it wasn’t worse, but it’s still important that you take the steps necessary to fully recover not only physically but also financially.

Broken Bones From a Truck Accident

If you are driving or riding in a vehicle on a Texas highway, you are no match for a commercial semi-truck in a collision. Broken bones usually occur for one or two reasons:

  • You are crushed inside of your car due to the extreme impact of the large truck against your smaller vehicle.
  • You hit a part of your body against a hard surface in your car upon impact.

Broken bones can be very painful and debilitating for months or even years. These fractures come in different forms, and all should be taken seriously. Common types of bone breaks include:

  • Closed fracture. This is when the bone breaks but remains under the skin.
  • Open fracture. This is when the bone breaks, and a portion of it breaks through the skin and is visible. This is also known as a “compound fracture.”
  • Complete fracture. When the break is through the entire bone, and it splits into two or more parts, it is considered a complete break.
  • Partial fracture. In a partial fracture, the break does not go all the way through, and the bone hasn’t separated.
  • Displaced fracture. This is when there is a gap between the broken ends of the bones. Displaced fractures often require surgery.
  • Stable fracture. This is when the broken ends of the bone haven’t moved out of place.
  • Stress fracture. Small cracks in the bone are referred to as a stress fracture.

In a truck accident, there are many different bones that can break, including:

  • Skull
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Ribs
  • Pelvis
  • Hips
  • Arms and hands
  • Legs and feet

While some of these are obviously more severe than others, all broken bones should be checked out by a medical professional. Even if you walk away from the scene of the accident seemingly unscathed, it’s important to still seek medical attention, as some minor broken bones might not be noticed immediately and can cause great pain and further injury later on.

Take Action After a Truck Accident

If you are in a truck accident, it is essential to take the following steps to protect yourself physically as well as financially down the road if you choose to file suit.

Call 911

Immediately following the accident, call 911 or have a witness do so for you if you are unable to. Paramedics can assist with any obvious injuries, especially if you are injured to the point of immobility. The police can make a report and interview anyone who saw the accident occur. Be sure to get a copy of this police report for your records.

Get Medical Help

Do not delay on this. Even if you feel fine, it is essential you see a doctor as soon as possible for a full examination. There are often “silent” injuries that cannot be seen or felt without medical intervention. Also, having a record of going to the hospital for a full exam will strengthen your case against the truck company or driver.

Gather Evidence

If you are physically able to, take photos of the accident scene, including any damage to your car and the truck. If any witnesses have pulled over, ask them for a written statement and exchange contact information. The more you can strengthen your case with evidence, the better. Finally, contact an attorney as soon after the accident as possible. There are many benefits to working with a lawyer.

The Importance of Legal Assistance

A truck accident can be incredibly traumatic and can leave you in a poor position both physically and financially. Working with an experienced accident attorney can help you get your life back on track. Damages you could be awarded may include:

  • Compensation for past and future medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering, including the cost of any psychological treatment related to accident trauma

When you work with an attorney, you can ensure your rights are protected and that you receive all of the damages due to you. At SJ Injury Attorneys, we are experienced in truck accidents and protecting victims. Call us today for a free consultation and start on your journey to recovery.