There are numerous types of bodily injuries that victims of traffic-related accident can sustain when two or more vehicles collide on the highway, interstate or beltway. This is certainly true of passenger car-related collisions, but can surely be expected when a much smaller sedan or family minivan is struck by a large commercial motor vehicle (CMV); and the higher rates of speed, as found on Maryland’s beltways and interstates, can further contribute to the severity of a victim’s injuries.
Needless to say, when a collision takes place between a passenger vehicle and a large truck -- such as an automobile transporter, charter bus, or fuel tanker -- the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle will surely be the ones to suffer most. From compound fractures to spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injury, the immediate results of a car-truck collision as well as the long-term effects can deal a serious blow to a victim and his family in terms of financial hardship, not to mention pain and suffering.
In terms of commercial vehicle collisions, those occupants riding in small cars, light trucks or motorcycles can receive critical injuries that can seriously affect the victim’s health and long-term medical outlook. Some of those injuries involve damage or trauma to internal organs. Although not always readily apparent, these kinds of internal injuries can leave a person with serious medical complications, which may often turn out to be life-threatening in nature.
The loss of blood alone that results from a ruptured organ can place a victim’s survival in jeopardy in no time. In situations where one or more internal organs are damaged, lost blood may collect within the body, making on-scene diagnosis difficult for emergency responders. In fact, some victims, who may be conscious at the time, may not themselves realize how serious their condition truly is.
As Baltimore personal injury lawyers, the legal team at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, understand that no matter how frequent or commonplace car and trucking-related accidents may be, the physical injuries left in their wake are never easy to accept, much less recover from. Our skilled staff of personal injury experts is well versed in the state and federal laws that pertain to commercial vehicle accidents, as well as insurance claims related to such events. As any victim of a severe or life-threatening traffic accident should be aware, victims do have legal options following a bad car, truck or motorcycle crash.
When it comes to internal injuries, some of the more frequently affected organs include the spleen, liver, stomach and pancreas. If internal bleeding commences following a serious roadway crash, the blood loss caused by the ruptured organ can result in the victim going into shock. As this rapid and significant loss of blood takes place, the body will begin to shut down. Sometimes the cause may be tied to nervous system damage as well.
If untreated, victims who suffer internal organ damage -- and the consequent blood loss associated with such conditions -- can die from their injuries, many times at the scene of the crash before skilled medical treatment can be rendered. Even in cases where a trucking accident victim is transported quickly to the ER, death can sometimes occur. This is why it is very important to get a roadway accident victim to the emergency room as soon as possible.
There are various terms that cover internal trauma, including penetrating trauma, blunt trauma and decelerating trauma. In situations of penetrating trauma, the victim can be seriously injured when an object punctures the skin and other outer tissues (like muscles, tendons and ligaments). Examples of these types of internal trauma include stabbing and gunshot wounds, or in cases of a person falling on a sharp object or being struck by a similarly pointed object.
In cases of blunt trauma, the internal organs, as well as veins, arteries and other structures, can be damaged when the vehicle occupant collides with a portion of the vehicle’s interior. Blunt internal trauma, which can take place in a high-speed collision between an 18-wheeled tractor-trailer and a small passenger car, may cause unseen wounds to the internal organs either because of contact with an impacting object, or through the transfer of energy within the body as a direct result of the impact from the CMV.
The skilled attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen know that victims of severe traffic-related collisions should receive medical attention and treatment as soon as possible. In term of blunt or penetrating trauma, this is no different. As automobile and commercial trucking accident lawyers, we recommend that victims who have survived traumatic injuries that can be attributed to another individual’s careless behavior or outright negligence should consider seeking damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit. We are always ready to assist victims and their families recover the damages due them under the law.
If you or a family member is recovering from a serious internal injury related to the negligent actions of a commercial trucker or other party, the legal team at Lebowitz & Mzhen recommends that you seek the counsel of a qualified personal injury lawyer who has years of experience filing commercial trucking-related injury claims. We know that a well-prepared case has the best chance of attaining a favorable verdict in court. Similarly, well-prepared personal injury claims can also influence an out-of-court settlement, which can help victims avoid lengthy and often emotionally exhausting courtroom trials.
Our legal team is happy to discuss your case and provide legal options and advice. Please contact us to arrange a face-to-face meeting so that we may cover the details of your commercial trucking injury accident. You may contact our offices toll-free at (800) 654-1949, or send an email to either Jack Lebowitz or Vadim Mzhen so that we can set up a free, no-obligation initial consultation.